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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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Sydney, Australia
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713 reviews 713 reviews
346 attraction reviews
281 helpful votes 281 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

This stunning Beaux Art mansion just boggles the mind as to how much money the Vanderbilts had to only have this for a summer home. It's sumptuously furnished with all the late 19th century mod-cons you could imagine, including included plumbing and forced hot air central heating. It was the first in Hyde Park to be wired for electricity powered... More

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Rochester, Michigan
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97 reviews 97 reviews
50 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Once again, a nice tour with a park ranger. Gift store closes before the tours end at the end of the day. You may walk around the grounds leisurely. We had fun making up stories about why her bed had a fence around it, but the ranger told us the real reason when we asked. Stay with the ranger inside... More

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Dayton
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

A rainy day forced a change of travel plans, so we spent the morning here. Learned a lot about the Vanderbilt "new money", and while this house doesn't compare to Biltmore (different Vanderbilt relative), it is interesting in understanding those gilded-aged times. The Hudson river views are spectacular, and the furnishings are inspiring. Be sure to show your National Park... More

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Syracuse
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

First of all, rangers are awesome. We've been to national parks and historic sites all over the country, and the rangers are always helpful, friendly, and informative. Right from the front desk we were impressed. The ranger asked us where else we had visited in the area, and told us that if we went to this site, plus the FDR... More

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New York, NY
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful mansion fully decorated. A great hour tour where you see three floors of the mansion. You get to see both the upstairs and the staff quarters in the basement.

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Zanesville, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Beware that this site is not air conditioned. We had a timed ticket for the first tour of the day. Run by the National Park Service, passes accepted.

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Southern California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
43 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The National Park Service ranger gave a great tour (if you have a park card take it for free admission). Go early and see the formal garden and the grounds. The inside is unbelievable and portrays an amazing lifestyle. On certain, specified days you are allowed to drive down to the river. Nothing really there –better to go into town... More

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Leawood, Kansas
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Wow this is a beautiful estate and representation of the Gilded Age in America. You can walk around the grounds for free but there is a fee to tour the house unless you have a National Parks pass and then it is free. I highly recommend taking the hour tour. The house is something to see with it's opulence and... More

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North Salem, New York, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

If you're a history buff, like me, or a student of architecture (or atleast appreciate good craftsmanship) this is a great day trip. Our guide was quite good, so good in fact, we learned something we didn't know prior to the visit. We packed a picnic, sat under a few hundred year old trees and made the day of it.... More

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Midvale, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The mansion was the home of Fredric Vanderbilt. It was interesting to see the rooms and furnishing in the mansion.

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