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Van Cortlandt Manor

South Riverside Avenue, Croton on Hudson, NY
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Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: An elegant 18th-century stone manor house that re-creates life during the Revolutionary period in America.
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Exton, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We drove from the Philadelphia area in order to see this. We enjoyed the pumpkin display so much that we are making it a fall tradition. I highly recommend this if you enjoy Halloween or pumpkin carving. Get your tickets early as they sell out quickly. Also be sure to have tickets for after dark...otherwise you will not truly experience... More

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New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We've visited Sunnyside and Phillipsburg Manor, but had never been to Van Cortland Manor. The train ride from NYC is lovely, better to get an express, though, but even with all the local stops the ride is only about one hour. You should make on-line reservations for a tour, as they do fill up. It is possible to walk to... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

After driving almost an hour to Lightscapes, we left very disappointed. The biggest complaint we have is that the music/sound effects, had NOTHING whatsoever to do with what you were looking at. Creepy music, felt more like a bad acid trip than a springtime celebration. My daughter was scared by it, and so were some other kids near us. Why... More

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I didn't know what to expect. I had in my mind that it would be similar to a Christmas display with wire lights, etc. I was SO wrong. Upon entering under this arching rainbow and seeing the beautiful multi-color field of tulips made out of recycled plastic bottles.. I was in awe. There was a giant turtle made out of... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

I just went to Lightscapes and found it to be absolutely amazing! It was well worth the trip. The things that they were able to do were just incredible! I took three teenagers who were all equally impressed .

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New York
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Van Cortlandt Manor is featuring the Lightscapes exhibition weekends in May. I went with my husband and another couple. We had dinner first at Croton Tavern and did the 9:30 showing. Tickets were 16.00 and we spent about an hour and a half walking through the displays. We really enjoyed it. I was very impressed with the thousands of multi... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
27 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

They have great programs and are staffed with caring welcoming people. It is great to see the early history reflected in this wonderful museum.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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54 reviews 54 reviews
38 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I think this historic site is open throughout the year, but I have only visited for the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in Autumn and the new for 2014 Lightscapes Springtime light display. Both are amazing and mostly worth the roughly $10 to $20 ticket price as well as the drive from NJ. I have gone more than once during... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

Still amazed! We will be back every year for sure! Words simply can't explain how jaw dropping the display is. We have never seen anything like it and the hundreds of pictures I took does it no justice!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Pumpkin Blaze was nice but a little overrated. We went on a weekday and had tickets for the first showing, so parking and crowds were not a problem. I feel the admission was too high for what they offered especially if you brought kids. But the displays were pretty and it was fun to walk through. I am glad... More

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