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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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Mexico City
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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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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Syracuse, New York
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102 reviews 102 reviews
28 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I would not go out of my way to see this garden. If you are already in the area it might be worth your time but it does not compare in size or quality to other gardens.

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Clinton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

beautiful place to enjoy...serene tranquil.....more people should go...just so beautiful.....we spent the entire afternoon there....truly a wonderful place to go and spend a day

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Hamburg, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Loved the house and gardens. We were there on Father's Day and they hosted an antique card show. Very nice day!

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Lewiston, Maine
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Sonnenburg Gardens and Mansion is the perfect way to spend a good half day. The mansion staff is knowledgeable and filled with information and details about the family and the house. The gardens, particularly the Italian garden, are gorgeous. We spent an hour talking to the docent in the mansion, Lisa, I think, and she gave a lot of history... More

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