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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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Address: 519 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A Glimpse into the Past!

Our 1 hour guided tour by a volunteer was excellent! Just the right mix of rehearsed information and allowing visitors to "wander" and look into the lavish rooms of another era... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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Springfield, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Our 1 hour guided tour by a volunteer was excellent! Just the right mix of rehearsed information and allowing visitors to "wander" and look into the lavish rooms of another era. I wish we could have seen the grounds in the Spring or Fall, as it was overcast and rainy when we visited. But there were spectacular views of the... More 

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St. Louis, Missouri
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19 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We visited this historic home in early March. I cannot comment on the grounds because they were covered in snow. Nevertheless, there was still a beautiful view of the Hudson River from behind the house. The house itself is well worth visiting. It is beautifully maintained, complete with its original furnishings, artwork and lighting. You can only see the house... More 

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Stormville, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Vanderbilt standards were always in a grand scale but this beauty of a Mansion sits in a grand estate of land with Hudson Valley River views. Contains rose gardens for a tranquil walk. Ground picnics are allowed but its a carry-in and carry-out location. A wonderful place to go for the whole year. The Mansion contains beautiful furniture and bedrooms... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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218 attraction reviews
460 helpful votes 460 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you've been to Newport and seen the awesome mansions there, this one is a bit of a disappointment. It is not really "pretty" on the outside - seems almost like a giant concrete block on the outside - and the rooms are so overdone they are distasteful. The tour is done by everyone standing in a group on each... More 

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The park around the house is large, very beautiful, and enjoyable in any season. Worth a visit at any time.

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Fishkill, New York
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is a summer home for the family while in upstate NY, definitely not as large as their main home in Asheville NC. But of course anyone today could fit several families into this house and feel comfortable! I have been here several times at least twice a year including last summer. That's technically not true because I was there... More 

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New Jersey
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Glad I visited. A little cold but some great history & stories. Not to be missed. Make a day of it and pop on over to the FDR Estate/Library

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Somerville
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The National Park Service ranger who did my tour did a great job talking about: (1) the Vanderbilts who lived here, (2) comparing them with their family, (3) unique qualities about the architecture and other features of this house, and (4) the Guilded Age era of US history. As a rule people might rather choose to visit from late spring... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

It made the gilded age come alive to see how they lived in one of their many homes. Seeing the bedrooms, living areas and dining room set up just as they had it was like being a true guest of the Vanderbilts.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

If you are interested in American history, make sure you see all the attractions along the mighty Hudson, from USMA (West Point) to the mansions (Vanderbilt and Roosevelt) of Hyde Park. We took the tour the week of Christmas, so the mansion was decorated for the holiday. Quite beautiful. I recommend guest read about the extended Vanderbilt family, the owners... More 

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