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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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New York City, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

A lovely setting on the Hudson and a fantastic example of great architecture but also a true example of the excesses of the Gilded Age of American History. The 1800s version of nouveau riche!

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Columbia Falls, Montana, United States
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3 attraction reviews
448 helpful votes 448 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Our well informed tour guide for this small mansion had many interesting tidbits regarding the family history. It is well worth taking the time to visit the beautiful gardens, spectacular view of the Hudson River and the home to learn more about our countries history. The fee is only $10 or free if you are a Senior Citizen and have... More

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Pennsylvania
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115 reviews 115 reviews
51 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We ended up touring the Vanderbilt Mansion and fortunately was free for us as we had the National Park Pass. Otherwise, the cost is $10 per person. The overall condition of the Vanderbilt Mansion and other building on the grounds is in much need of repair, but as all National Parks continue to hurt from budget cuts, this one is... More

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Souther California
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132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is one of the smaller mansions we have visited but it is nice. Furnishing are all from the time period. The grounds are very nice. If you are a senior and have the Senior Pass there is no charge. When the Vanderbilt who built this was the richest person in the country at the time. In todays dollars he... More

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Pekin, Illinois
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79 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The architecture was interesting and the house was laid-out for entertaining house guests. We liked the fact that there was no guided tour and we could wander around at our own pace.

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NorthEast
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264 reviews 264 reviews
111 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Wonderful park ranger guides, wonderful presentation and a wonderful site makes this well worth the 2-3 hours needed to enjoy this property and the mansion. The one hour, very informative, tour of the building could be longer due to all the details of architecture and history involved. The grounds include Hudson River views, a sprawling collection of very old trees... More

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Chelsea, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Marge the park ranger who takes you on the tour of the mansion was awesome. She knew everything there was connected to the Vanderbilts. We had gone the day before to the FDR Museum and it was another great way to see this area. You really get a feel for the Gilded Age and on tuesday and thursday can take... More

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London, UK
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55 reviews 55 reviews
5 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The grounds are pretty with some nice vignettes over the Hudson, but I recommend skipping this since the FDR Museum a couple of miles away is much better spent tourist time. You can't visit the house here unless on a guided tour. Leaving aside that our guide had probably been doing this too long (the only breaking from monotone was... More

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Olathe, Kansas
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

What a fascinating look into the of the Gilded Age of America through the Vanderbilts one of the leading families of the period. Frederick Vanderbilt built Hyde Park as a summer home but loved it above all his other homes. The Ranger that led the tour of the home did an excellent job of putting you into that time and... More

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Ship Bottom, New Jersey
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283 reviews 283 reviews
83 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Amazing grounds. Rich in history. Great views of the Hudson Valley and River. The house, artifacts from a bygone era are always very interesting to view.

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