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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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How the other .001% lived

A breathtaking tour of gilded age luxury. I suppose there are those today that live this way, but it is hard to imagine. Beautifully planned and executed rooms providing a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Syracuse, New York
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27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

A breathtaking tour of gilded age luxury. I suppose there are those today that live this way, but it is hard to imagine. Beautifully planned and executed rooms providing a patina of Europe over a framework of steel. Take a deep breath before you enter. The grounds are also beautiful and well used by sunbathers, picnickers, dog walkers, etc. I'm... More 

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Sussex, Delaware
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Do you wonder why the National Park Service would maintain this site. Its not a President's home or an historic site. Well, the tour guide stated that the Park Service took on this attraction because it is an excellent representation of the "Gilded Age" in US history. Though it is one of the Vanderbilts smaller mansions, inside and out it... More 

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Meredith, New Hampshire
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10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

From the beautiful shaded grounds overlooking the scenic Hudson River Valley, we were treated to a peak at the tastefully done luxury of the early 20th century and a story of a famous New York family who generously donated this treasure for all of us to enjoy. Our tour guide did a wonderful job.

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New York City, New York
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194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Husband and I visited here yesterday. The grounds are lovely with views of the Hudson and there's a nice hike 2 mile hike here (which is why we visited.) TIPS: 1. Bring lunch and even a bottle of wine if you're so inclined. There are plenty of places to sit and enjoy a beautiful view of the Hudson. 2. There... More 

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Colorado
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70 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised at this visit. Our tour guide was very good and the mansion was lovely. It has all the original furnishings. The ground are very lovely too. The formats garden were a disappointment. Maybe it was early in the season.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This tour give you a glimpse of how people lived in the gilded age. Lovely ground, take a picnic lunch and enjoy.

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Popped onto the grounds just to take a peek at the place. Beautiful grounds and lovely views of the river. Didn't have time to check out the mansion itself (not as big as I expected) but will do so the next time I am in Hyde Park.

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Wayne, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Our guide was very informative and knowledgeable. Thank you National Park Service. The grounds are wonderful and you can spend an entire day. The mansion was gorgeous with all of the original furnishings.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This grand mansion has been preserved and restored to it's former grandeur through the efforts of the National Park Service and other groups, including local and national charities. Much different than the mansions of Newport, RI, and you need to see this one to be able to make comparisons, etc...

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La Salle, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

It's still huge, glamorous, gilded and fantastic by today's standards. Beautiful gilded age opulence. I appreciated hearing the family stories, and that the reason this house was "small" was that he only inherited $10 million-the same as his sisters, but far less than his brothers.

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