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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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Address: 519 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
Phone Number: 1-877-444-6777
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.

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Gilded Age - as it was

I just loved the Vanderbilt Mansion. On this long weekend, we saw the FDR home, Val-Kill, the Presidential Library and Vanderbilt. My two favorites were the Presidential Library... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Princeton, NJ
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I just loved the Vanderbilt Mansion. On this long weekend, we saw the FDR home, Val-Kill, the Presidential Library and Vanderbilt. My two favorites were the Presidential Library and Vanderbilt. It's a story for the ranger to tell, but the US government was able to acquire the house AND furnishings for this historic site, so you get a real feel... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Visited the house with a NP ranger. The ranger was good. The house is relatively small compared to other mansions and needs a great deal of restoration. Smelled dusty and was stuffy, there were a few unsightly electric fans trying to circulate air. The tapestries and paintings are dull and need cleaning, as well as the furniture. Overall, one can... More 

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

There's a reason they sell Downton Abbey souvenirs at the shop here! Knowledgeable rangers give tours on a rolling basis - I caught up with one when I arrived - on free day, after dropping my son off at college down the road. The gardens are on your own, but there's plenty of literature about them. Breathtaking views of the... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A second visit to this mansion was still well done and actually the guide provided more detail than when previously visited. The structure and way of life are interesting and the information about the Vanderbilts all reveal much about the history and culture of that time.

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Everything is carved and embossed, painted and embroidered. If you love that ostentatious gilded age - GO. (I do). Not super impressed with our guide - they could give you more history while you look on your own at the room bit that shouldn't stop your visit. Restoration is under way and might be done in a month. Great view... More 

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Livingston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We try to visit old mansions wherever we travel. This is a National Park site so our Senior Park Pass was accepted making our admission free. The tour had too many people in it, making us bump into people while looking around. The home is in typical mansion tour shape and the furnishings were of period. Nice facility.

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Shirley, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

The furniture here was awesomely beautiful! I loved it. Gorgeous mansion and great information from the park rangers.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

It is not quite up to the scale of Highclare Castle, where Downton Abbey is filmed, but it is a lavishly furnished mansion typical of America's guilded age. If you are into historic homes and furnishings, this site is definitely for you. Personally, I think I would have enjoyed this historic site more if I had previously read a biography... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We had a wonderful park ranger led tour. Our leaders knowledge and patience made it a an informative experience. The family history was fascinating as the home portrays. A well spent hour!

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Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Free parking in the lane area and lots of hiking/biking options. We stopped to see the sunset over the Hudson River and would have loved to tour the mansion.

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