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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

It's amazing that this is a home for two people AND only used for a retreat. From start to finish of your tour I think you will enjoy your tour by the Park Service's presentation.

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Los Angeles, California
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25 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Don't miss visiting the Vanderbilt Estate on the banks of the Hudson River. The property is amazing and the estate is definitely worth a visit. The property does not have a lot of historical value but it is still worth a visit. It's only a few minutes from the FDR home and library.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

We have seen a lot of historical homes. This Vanderbilt home is ornate and excessive, and is an interesting contract to the Franklin Roosevelt home nearby. That said, the grounds are simply spectacular and walking them was a delight. Check out the ancient gingko tree, and thrilling views of the Hudson River. If you have time, take the short drive... More

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chicago
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268 reviews 268 reviews
90 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Talk about excess This was the smallest of 40 mansions built between 8 Vanderbilt siblings.2 people lived here for 4 to 5 months each year! Of course,lots of entertaining went on also. Had an excellent tour by a well versed ranger-plenty of time to look around. Lots of stairs could be a problem for some-.ask first about the rigors of... More

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Easton , Massachusetts, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Park service does a wonderful job on the tour of this mansion . Very interesting . This tour doesn't usually fill up so you can usually go on the hour daily . Great view of the Hudson

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allentown, pa
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184 reviews 184 reviews
52 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I am not too interested in overly decorated mansions, but Matthew, the ranger, brought this site to life. He was funny and charming and did a great job holding our interest. Although not as historically important as other sites in the area, I think the guide made it worthwhile.

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Ocean County, NJ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Once again, the Vanderbilts did not disappoint with their sense of spending and opulence. It was a lovely old home. The tour was made very enjoyable by the knowledgeable guide, Dimitri. He did an excellent job!

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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

The smallest of the Vanderbilt homes, with a mere 54 rooms. The tour encompasses 3 floors: main/entertaining, 2nd/ bedrooms, and basement/servants' area. The ranger was funny and informative and the home was immaculately preserved. And they actually let you take pictures!!

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San Francisco
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113 reviews 113 reviews
40 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A visit to Vanderbilt Mansion fills in a bit of the history of the Hyde Park estate, but if you only have time for one other thing, after touring the Roosevelt Mansion and Presidential Library, I don't think this mansion is essential. It's not as much important history, at least not in my opinion, as if you visit Eleanor's Home,... More

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Montville, New Jersey
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Our favorite was the Vanderbilt Mansion of the 2 mansions we visited in Hyde Park. It was a mini version of the great mansions of Newport, RI. Not only was the mansion itself grand and the grounds expansive, but the ranger who gave the tour, Mike Autenrieth, was outstanding. He spoke as though he were a Vanderbilt family member retelling... More

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