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Locust Grove

Route 9, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Ranked #4 of 14 Attractions in Poughkeepsie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Hiking, Picnicking
Traveler Description: This is a magic place, oddly situated next door to the Marriott Coutryard. Tucked in among the commercial strip malls and dross of Route 9,  this... more »
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Bronx, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The house tour is quite good if you are interested in furniture, architecture, and living conditions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But if your primary interest is in Samuel Morse the person, inventor and painter, you might do much better to skip the paid house tour and visit the free gallery in the admission building, which houses his paintings... More

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Albany, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Work retreat at this location was really great; the meeting room was very comfortable, the food was fantastic, and the staff were very friendly and flexible. Great to be in such an excellent historic site. The chairs were not that comfortable for everyone but overall we all really appreciated the location and would return again next year.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a nice park to take walks in the woods, but nothing really outstanding. We were expecting more views over the Hudson River, but the pastures that once provided the views are mostly overgrown. There were bugs, so we could not really stop for bird watching. Good place for a pick nick.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

5 miles worth of trails. Beautiful grounds. Nice little gift shop. Nice place to come and relax. You can also volunteer to help around the grounds. My son and I with a school group went and helped for a school extra credit project.

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New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had a wonderful time there. We attended an afternoon tea and visited the museum. It was a great educational opportunity for our 13 yr old. We were able to learn much of the history of the home, about Samuel Morse, and especially loved the tea and sandwiches!

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Hudson River Valley, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Nice, leisurely walk around the grounds and in the woods. Free for this, but check website for fees for tour of Mansion. Wear appropriate shoes and bring bug spray. Quaint little boutique and clean bathroom in museum.

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Hopewell Junction, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you want to take visitors to a unique place, this is it. Not may people know that Samuel Morse of Morse COde fame lived in Dutchess COunty. You can tour the mansion he lived in as well as a seperate and modern museum which houses not only some of his morse code equipment but also his paintings, for which... More

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New York
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145 reviews 145 reviews
25 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This is my go to retreat when I need some peace and quiet. The grounds are beautiful and so are all the buildings there. You can take a tour of the house and there is a hiking path. I suggest you bring a picnic basket and enjoy an early evening with you and your significant other or just by yourself... More

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Boca Raton
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Attended a food and wine event with local chef providing 3 appetizers and Arlington Wine providing 3 wines. Food was okay and the wine generous. The highlight was an extensive narrated tour of the organic vegetable garden. View of Hudson River at sunset was special. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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New York City, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We didn't even get to go on the sold-out house tour and still enjoyed our visit. The grounds and views are breathtaking and the outer buildings and exterior of the house are still fascinating without going inside. The small museum showcases Morse's beautiful paintings and explains his work in painting and on the telegraph completely but not in enough detail... More

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