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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

519 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.

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FORT COLLINS
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276 reviews 276 reviews
56 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We were told this was a rather modest (55 rooms) example of Vanderbilt mansions. The owner was more interested in his outdoor horticulture than hosting members of society, but his wife wanted that and it was required for social/business dealings. Worth seeing if you are already touring the Roosevelt estate.

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Unteraegeri
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64 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

It is simply stunning to walk through the Vanderbilt Mansion, and to experience the splendor of bygone times.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The house and furnishings are completely intact so it's a real gem and a window on to how the uber-wealthy lived during the gilded age. Since it's a National Park sight you get the luck of the draw with your guide but our guide Kevin was great and really knew this house. The grounds are spectacular as are the sunsets... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Would have liked to take tour, but times were off for us. I think if you get the FDR tour ticket, the Vanderbilt is included, but check on that.

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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121 reviews 121 reviews
27 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The mansion and grounds aptly display what life was like for one of America's wealthiest families. Our NPS tour guide, Cliff, was very knowledgeable and offered insight to the gilded age of the Vanderbilts. Visit their next door neighbor FDR too.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

With a senior pass, and our friend's senior pass, all 7 in our group had free admission to the mansion tour. The ranger was personable and interesting. The inside of the mansion was amazing in its ostentation. We found the history of the Vanderbilts as interesting as the mansion itself. The grounds are open to the public and are quite... More

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Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
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19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I'ms o happy we decided to find this home and take the tour. I was absolutley amazed at the incredibly restored / maintained mansion. The Ranger was incredibly well-spoken and knowledgeable. I wanted to ask how long he has been in his job....it seemed as though he may have had a different background. But anyway, this is a must-see when... More

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SEA
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27 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This place is huge. We didn't go into the mansion but strolled around the grounds. You can walk around the mansion and all other buildings and it's a popular place for sunset as it sits high over the Hudson River. We were there in the fall and the leaves were amazing. If you're in the area give it a visit.

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Rhode Island
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The mansion is beautiful and interesting and the tour guides provide a great deal of information about the home and the family. The home is elegant but it is the grounds that are most impressive. The trees and the view of the Hudson River can be breath-taking, particularly in the fall.

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St. Catharines, Canada
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10 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a well-preserved mansion from the Gilded Age. It's far from the scale of Biltmore but still an interesting home to tour. The Ranger docents are very knowledgeable and helpful. After brief introductions you are left to examine those rooms that most interest you.

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