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Route 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538
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Ranked #8 of 14 attractions in Hyde Park
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Franklin Delano Roosevelt's childhood home.
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Andover, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This was where FDR was raised, where Eleanor and he lived for much of their married life. However, it was owned and lived in by his mother. His mother never suffered from empty nest syndrome! Wonderful tour, lots of interesting history. It is just a short walk to the FDR library from Springwood.

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Eastern Shore Maryland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Had to cut our visit short due to a nasty storm moving in. Didn't get to spend time in the gardens. Ranger Ray, our tour guide, was very good for the tour of FDR's house. We learned alot of FDRs history that we didn't know before. Was interesting to see the difference between how "old money" like the Roosevelt's decorated/lived... More

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

After having visited the Vanderbilt Mansion "next door", and experiencing one of the best tour guides ever, this was quite a disappointment. Granted, it was late in the day, so I can appreciate the Ranger's (Cooper's) fatigue and eagerness to be done for the day, however, a good tour guide never transfers that to his group. They deserve as interesting... More

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New York City, New York
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Not much else. One of the oldest landscaped spots in the country. Short hikes, tons of deer, wear socks and long pants.

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Mirabel, Qc
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273 reviews 273 reviews
172 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Springwood is the nickname of the Roosevelt property. Read the reviews under Franklin Delano Roosevelt's home instead... there are much more.

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Los Angeles, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

A must see! FDR's birthplace, residence and Presidential Library (the first!). A fascinating look into history for people of all ages. This tour encompasses FDR's entire life from birth to his death, including his and Eleanor's grave site in the rose garden. Well worth the nominal price to see both his residence and Library. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable... More

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Central NJ
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This was much more homey than than the Vanderbilt's home. Four of us thoroughly enjoyed being in FDRs home. It was fairly easy to imagine the Roosevelts living there, entertaining royalty there, FDR using the elevator when the public wasn't there to see him in his wheelchair. Our guide loved his job and his subject. We could have listened and... More

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West Orange, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

FDR's home in Hyde Park NY is an extremely interesting historic attraction... a must see. It is a beautiful masion that still retains a warm feel of a home... and few homes have so much historical significance. The people, lives, events that were here are inspiring. Allow at least 2-3 hours to explore this gem.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Have read about FDR's home and its history so I was happy to be able to take the tour. It was very different on the inside from what I had always visualized. We went on a day when they had costumed guides and that made it even more enjoyable. Highly recommend it (and Mrs Nesbitt's Cafe in the Visitor's Center... More

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East Northport, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

We had a great guide for this tour (veronica). The house and grounds are charming- although now I realize FDR was a huge mama's boy!

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