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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Address: 519 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It made the gilded age come alive to see how they lived in one of their many homes. Seeing the bedrooms, living areas and dining room set up just as they had it was like being a true guest of the Vanderbilts.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you are interested in American history, make sure you see all the attractions along the mighty Hudson, from USMA (West Point) to the mansions (Vanderbilt and Roosevelt) of Hyde Park. We took the tour the week of Christmas, so the mansion was decorated for the holiday. Quite beautiful. I recommend guest read about the extended Vanderbilt family, the owners... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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96 reviews 96 reviews
61 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Step into the Gilded Age at the Vanderbilt "summer cottage". The mansion is beautiful and the park rangers are very knowledgeable and fun. You can do this tour in about half a day. Very worthwhile.

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The grounds and home are well worth the time and small fee to go through. Its awesome to hear the history of the home! The grounds are very inviting to walk around and offer wonderful views of the Hudson. Don't miss the carriage house on the south side of the estate. A must see!

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and I were visiting whilst driving to Hurley for a 5 day visit over Christmas. We passed the Historic Site and turned around to have a look and glad we did. We only walked around the grounds and visited the shop but the Ranger was most helpful and wished we had more time to do the full tour... More 

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fishkill, ny
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112 reviews 112 reviews
55 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My relatives were in from the Mid-West for the holidays and we were looking for something to do that is interesting and educational. We decided to tour the mansion and its grounds. There are about 50 rooms and they represent the riches of the gilded age. We learned about the Vanderbilt family and its branches as well as the evolution... More 

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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113 reviews 113 reviews
37 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Vanderbilt mansion is run by the National Park Service. Tour was $10 and guide was quite good. Learned quite a bit about the Vanderbilts and their lifestyle. Went on Christmas Eve, interestingly enough guide said that the mansion would not have been decorated for Christmas during the Vanderbilt era because they were never there at Christmas. However, the Park Service... More 

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Vanderbilt Tour is $10/ and runs approximately one hour led by a very knowledgeable (and personable) National Parks Ranger. Locals are seen walking dogs and enjoying the gorgeous property. If you have mobility issues, this site is quite doable. If you have children ages 9-13, I would recommend this trip because it will give them a great insight into their... More 

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Daytona Beach, FL
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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Magnificent American Mansion. Guide was the best ever. Not to be missed. Christmas tree and decorations were beautiful.

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San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines
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126 reviews 126 reviews
64 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The story of the Vanderbilts was both inspiring and a bit sad because they lived in the time of slavery. But it is also inspiring to see how they have built New York and the Grand Central Station and how the mansion was kept well.

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