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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

519 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.
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Vicksburg, Michigan
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

national Park owned. Took the walking tour of the mansion. Was very interesting to hear about the Vanderbilt family. The mansion was interesting to go through and guide was very informative. Grounds are pretty and vies of Hudson great, Gift shop but did not see food for purchase.

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Newark, New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to visit, beautiful home and interesting life of the Vanderbilt family. My only complaint was how the park ranger explained the story of the Vanderbilt family. It was all done in a way of being jealous of the money the Vanderbilts EARNED. Back then there was no income tax and if you were successful why... More

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Montgomery County, PA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
39 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is not the most impressive of the Vanderbilt Mansions but it remains a very worthwhile visit. It had been about 30 years since we last visited and we are very glad we did. We had the good fortune to have National Park Service Ranger, Andy Swan, as an interpreter and he did an excellent job. This mansion is a... More

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New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The perfect time capsule. Amazing and knowledgeable guides enhanced this view into "upstairs, downstairs" living space from the past. An authentic view of how the truly wealthy lived.

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Chico, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

A place to see and not to miss it but not my favorite. Crazy amounts of money spent for construction and a life style that was way over the top.

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Columbia, South Carolina
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We liked the visit to the mansion and the grounds. The material provided fascinating to help understand the history of the Vanderbilts and their fortune. We recommend visiting. If you are over 60, buy a national parks pass for $10. It gets you in for free.to all national park facilities.

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Buffalo, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

While not as large or grand as other Vanderbilt mansions, the location of this one on the Hudson River makes it worth the time to visit The grounds are lovely but it the view from the rear of the property that will stay with you. The house tour is well paced and informative. Interesting features include the graceful staircase leading... More

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Ballston Spa, New York
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159 reviews 159 reviews
72 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This one was an interesting place of opulence! Our NPS guide told us that it was only used for a few weeks a year (I believe in the fall). Since I live near Saratoga Springs, I wasn't surprised. There are still many huge homes there only used by the very wealthy during the "social season" while the race track is... More

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Fresno, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This museum really relays the opulence in which robber barons lived (combine this with the Frick Museum/home and the Tenement Museum for an interesting juxtaposition), and has been exceptionally well-preserved. The park rangers who gave our tours were exceptional in their knowledge and ability to relate to everyone in our group. While all of the artifacts in the home are... More

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Jeannette, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Although this is the smallest of the Vanderbilt mansions, it is still huge and shows how the wealthy lived back then. The NPS guide was informative, interesting and did a tremendous job.

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