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Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site

54 Valkill Park Road - Route 9G, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #6 of 14 attractions in Hyde Park
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her public duties as First Lady, and the grounds, which include gardens,... more » Owner description: Guided tours are available to Val-Kill, Mrs. Roosevelt's retreat from her public duties as First Lady, and the grounds, which include gardens, outbuildings, woodland trails and a pond. « less
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Gardner, Massachusetts, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

I didn’t really know a lot about Eleanor. I am so glad that I came here. The tour was great full of facts. The tour guide was really nice and answered questions. I was surprised at all the things that she had done for our country. She was a remarkable woman and I am so glad that I did this... More

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Dover
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93 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Hyde Park has three National Park Service sites: - Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site - Home of FDR National Historical Site & FDR Library - Vanderbilt Mansion National Historical Site All three are managed by the same National Park Service unit. It is possible tour all there sites in one day without feeling rushed if you get started early and... More

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Centereach, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

When visiting FDR museum, don't miss Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site at Val Kil. The house is rather small and intimate. It is painstakingly preserved. It reflects Eleanor's character, her charismatic personality and her long and outstanding life and service to our country. During our tour, we felt as if she just closed the door in order to allow us... More

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Michigan
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We stopped here on our annual national parks trip- this time to the East Coast. We always buy the national parks recreation passport which allows you to get into all of the national parks for a full year for one price. If you are visiting multiple national parks you should look into it because it will save you money, often... More

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Guilderland, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

I spent the morning at Val Kil, Eleanor Roosevelt's home. I was given a private tour, as I was the only one at that time to show up, by a wonderful woman, who's name escapes me, but she was 91 years old and knew Mrs. Roosevelt. She shared wonderful stories of Mrs. Roosevelt's life. I loved seeing how simply Mrs.... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
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57 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I have been SO impressed with the National Park tour guideson this vacation. All have been well-trained and are so full of information and stories. Our tour of Eleanor Roosevelt's little cottage was led by Shannon. She did a great job (as did Charlotte and Dimitri on our other tours). The tour starts with a short film and then a... More

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Connecticut
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35 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

This site was a great way to learn about one of the most important women in America's history. It is nice to see a national park area that shows the unique perspective of Eleanor, who came into her own and continued to make contributions to the world throughout her life. She is inspiring because she overcame many difficulties throughout her... More

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Hyde Park, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I live near by and enjoy biking along the road to the home. Tours are available in Eleanor's home and there is a really nice gift shop on the premise. The grounds are tranquil with a pond where you can watch for turtles and fish along with mallard ducks. There are flower gardens to stroll along also. Highly recommend checking... More

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Bronx, New York
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Max out on Roosevelt's and do all the tours . Make sure to walk the grounds too . There is enough to do in the area for a few days at least . We try to plan our visits to last at least two 2 days and always have a good time .

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Hyde Park, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Our Steakhouse once was Val-Kill Tea room so we are very close to the grounds. The grounds and cottage is what Eleanor was all about, quite & quaint.

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