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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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Buffalo, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

We were looking for something to do and decided to take drive to Sonnenburg gardens. Although the flowers were past bloom, the grandeur of the area is out of this world. We took a guided tour and learned so much history of each garden and the original owner to how it came to current day. The mansion was unbelievable. We... More

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Interesting architecture and gardens. Staff were very helpful. Most seemed to be volunteers. Be ready for a fair amount of walking.

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Syracuse, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

My first happy about the Gardens is that as a freshly turned 60 year old, I was able to get the $10 Senior Citizen rate :) But it was also still a great time of year to experience the gardens (last weekend in September, and an uncharacteristically hot 80 degree day). Immediately upon entering one is greeted with a seasonal... More

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Fremont, Michigan
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78 reviews 78 reviews
21 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This was a second visit for my wife and I; the last being some 20 plus years ago. Another couple accompanied us and we enjoyed our time. It is true that much would need to be done to bring it back to its original condition, but, being realistic, that it is not likely due to costs and some neglect over... More

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London
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The grounds are delightful and the building is really extra-ordinary. The tours are good. The house is an interesting collection of styles that verges on the extravagant but which work very well together. You can muse on the interior being an early version of open-plan. Ideal for entertaining large parties in lavish style. It sheds a remarkable light on one... More

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East Smithfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

I visited here in 1995, and the Gardens were just gorgeous. In a visit in 2013, it had deteriorated so much, it was sad to see the state it was in. I supposed it can be attributed to the lack of funding by government aid. What a waste of what once was a beautiful piece of property. It's still interesting,... More

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Stillwater, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The Mansion was huge and very open. Many places like this do not allow you to get so close inside the rooms and view them. The wine tasting and gift shop were very nice. The café there was very peaceful for my wife and I to take a break. Crepes & smoothies were very good.

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San Marcos, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

When we went to see the mansion and gardens on our mystery trip, I was really impressed by the beauty of the grounds and mansion. I was also surprised that I had never seen them before as in my younger years I had lived about 50 miles from the area. Even though a lot of the gardens were dying out... More

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Ontario CANADA
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81 reviews 81 reviews
24 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I have been to Canandaigua several times on golf trips and often seen the sign for the gardens but had never gone in to see them. This past weekend my wife and I went on a trip around the Finger Lakes and this time we made a point of going to this place. The entrance fee is very reasonable and... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Wonderful home & grounds, however, people that we had met during our stay had never been there. Sad to hear that since the family had done much for the people of Canandaigua.

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