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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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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.
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Thorough tour, great Park Ranger guide

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Wilmington, Delaware
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Step into the Gilded Age at the Vanderbilt "summer cottage". The mansion is beautiful and the park rangers are very knowledgeable and fun. You can do this tour in about half a day. Very worthwhile.

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The grounds and home are well worth the time and small fee to go through. Its awesome to hear the history of the home! The grounds are very inviting to walk around and offer wonderful views of the Hudson. Don't miss the carriage house on the south side of the estate. A must see!

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Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and I were visiting whilst driving to Hurley for a 5 day visit over Christmas. We passed the Historic Site and turned around to have a look and glad we did. We only walked around the grounds and visited the shop but the Ranger was most helpful and wished we had more time to do the full tour... More 

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fishkill, ny
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55 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My relatives were in from the Mid-West for the holidays and we were looking for something to do that is interesting and educational. We decided to tour the mansion and its grounds. There are about 50 rooms and they represent the riches of the gilded age. We learned about the Vanderbilt family and its branches as well as the evolution... More 

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Vanderbilt mansion is run by the National Park Service. Tour was $10 and guide was quite good. Learned quite a bit about the Vanderbilts and their lifestyle. Went on Christmas Eve, interestingly enough guide said that the mansion would not have been decorated for Christmas during the Vanderbilt era because they were never there at Christmas. However, the Park Service... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Vanderbilt Tour is $10/ and runs approximately one hour led by a very knowledgeable (and personable) National Parks Ranger. Locals are seen walking dogs and enjoying the gorgeous property. If you have mobility issues, this site is quite doable. If you have children ages 9-13, I would recommend this trip because it will give them a great insight into their... More 

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Daytona Beach, FL
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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Magnificent American Mansion. Guide was the best ever. Not to be missed. Christmas tree and decorations were beautiful.

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San Pablo, Laguna, Philippines
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The story of the Vanderbilts was both inspiring and a bit sad because they lived in the time of slavery. But it is also inspiring to see how they have built New York and the Grand Central Station and how the mansion was kept well.

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Pembroke, New Hampshire
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This is quite the place to see. It would be nice to live in this mansion! The grounds were lovely in the autumn.

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