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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

151 Charlotte Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424
(585) 394-4922
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
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Acton, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

A previous reviewer noted that the elderly volunteer she saw was not able to help everyone! Of course! This lovely garden and historic mansion is in desperate need of funds to help restore sections if its grounds. Attracting volunteers to guide visitors, drive the little trams for handicapped visitors and even just sell admission tickets is a tough proposition! Located... More

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Syracuse
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I only recently found out about this place, otherwise I would have come sooner. Well worth the drive from Syracuse (little over an hour), and the $12 admission price. We did the 1pm garden tour with Charlie, which took about 90 minutes. The tour takes you through all 9 gardens, giving a brief overview, and covers a lot of history... More

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Albany, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Grounds were beautiful, especially Japanese and Italian gardens. The mansion was atypical, as they allowed you to freely roam through many of the rooms and see things close up. Tour of the mansion was disappointing, as the elderly tour guide did not have great knowledge and forgot he was giving a tour partway through.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We had an excellent visit to the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. The gardens were beautifully maintained. The mansion and grounds were owned by the VA for many years, and used to house hospital staff - so one can imagine the condition when they were turned into a historic park. The volunteer staff was amazing, Jamie met us at the door... More

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Mexico City
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We hadn't heard of the Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion but we had half a day to kill and decided to come here rather than explore Rochester. Great decision. The gardens are lovely, and the volunteer tour guide in the mansion was helpful and knowledgeable. Worth spending at least two hours, and maybe more if you like to sit and enjoy... More

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Cambridge, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The grounds are quite nice. The gardens are maintained by hardworking volunteers (to whom we talked) but cannot be kept to the standard that must once have been. Much of the time my wife and I were commenting, "Imagine how splendid this was in it's day." The layout of the gardens is quite interesting as are the various conceits in... More

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Sonnenberg G, Public Relations Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, responded to this review

With regards to the "Save the Trees" signs noted -- for the 2014 Season only we have an exhibit on loan from the Morton Arboretum called "Vanishing Acts." This exhibit features information about the vanishing tree species around the world. It is designed to give people an appreciation for such endangered flora and the challenges they face. One of Sonnenberg... More

Buffalo, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Several of my dear friends came from Chicago to visit me, and I decided to take them to Sonnenberg Gardens since we are all major plant enthsiasts. Together, along with another friend of mine, we made the 1 and 1/2 hour ride from Buffalo, New York. We couldn't wait to see this place, steeped in rich history. Upon arrival to... More

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Sonnenberg G, Public Relations Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, responded to this review

We are truly sorry that you did not make it past the greenhouses. The 2013-2014 winter was very hard on Sonnenberg. The bitter cold and heavy snows damaged our antique, working greenhouses that are more than 100 years old. Repairs to the winter damage are being made. We do offer the tram service as a service to our guests that... More

Glen Spey, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Great place to spend a morning or afternoon strolling through the gardens and greenhouses, visiting the mansion and ending the day with some wine tasting. Plenty of photo ops here.

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Olathe, Kansas
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93 reviews 93 reviews
55 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The winding drive leading up to the home is quite impressive and frames it beautifully. The Thompson family built a beautiful home that they used as a summer retreat. The interior architecture is fabulous especially the Great Hall, Upper Gallery and the Library. The patio off the dining room must have been fabulous in its day. A lot of work... More

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Not expensive but do not miss if in the Canandaigua area. The Mansion is worth the trip anytime of the year but visiting the garden is better in certain seasons. We were there in the summer(not crowded) and it was beautiful. We were told the Mansion should also be seen at Christmas time but winter travel can be tough.Allow one... More

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