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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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Washington DC
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147 reviews 147 reviews
42 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

We've rated this highly because of the great job the National Parks Service does with the tour and the grounds upkeep. The mansion however is a tribute to the cultures of other countries and did nothing other than saying there is a reason that "old money" distances itself - such ostentation. The lugubrirous interior - sadly recreating the glories of... More

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No.Springfield,VT
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My husband and i enjoyed the tour of the Vanderbilt summer mansion. There is a beautiful driveway that winds itself to the parking area. We were told by the park ranger to look at the rooms first and then he'd fill us in on details. I thought the rooms were spectacular (despite a heavy musty odor)and well preserved considering the... More

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Greenwood, Indiana
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207 reviews 207 reviews
92 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Just up the road from the FDR home in Hyde Park is the Vanderbilt Mansion. Now this was a summer home and is not as lavish as some of the other Vanderbilt mansions. But it is spectacular in its opulence and granduer! The house is the main focus and the house tour a must if you visit. Please note that... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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187 reviews 187 reviews
57 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Informative Park Rangers take you through this enormous home in about an hour, filling you in with Vanderbilt family history, explaining why the Vanderbilts lost their fortunes by spending money like water, except for the Vanderbilt who owned this mansion. This Hyde Park intimate home, although that is hard to believe given its size, is fascinating to see. The first... More

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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

After touring FDR's home we popped over to Vanderbilt and were amazed! So thankful FDR convinced the Vanderbilt heir to donate the house as a museum many years ago. Great tour. Our park ranger was great and went out of his way to make the tour more interesting for our younger kids.

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Danbury, CT
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116 reviews 116 reviews
22 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I took my Granddaughters (11-16) to see the mansion. They had never been in a house that large and had a great time on the tour.

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

From the beautiful exterior grounds, to the interior of the building filled with excess, these properties were for people with money to burn. The tour was very interesting, especially when they talked about the numerous Vanderbilt family members always trying to out-do each other. This home is beautiful, giving us commoners an inside look at days of old for the... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Second time to the mansion grounds, which are lovely. The home sits on the Hudson and is surrounded by a park-like setting. Drive down to the river bank after viewing the home. Must-see in Hyde Park.

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8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is my third visit to a Vanderbilt home. This home and the great tour by the park service showcases the gilded era. It is well worth a few hours of your time. The tour takes an hour.

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New York City, New York
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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