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“park guide was excellent” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
519 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Hyde Park
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.
Upstate NY
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“park guide was excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Our tour guide was very good, he had a good grasp of the Vanderbilts', and he was pleasant. The Mansion is nice to see how the 'other half' lived!

Visited April 2014
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COLLEGEVILLE
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“A wonderful historic mansion”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I love to visit old houses, and the Vanderbilt Mansion did not disappoint me. It's a great old house, with beautiful furnishings and an interesting story. Make sure to allow plenty of time so that you can take the full tour of the house and spend time walking the grounds. And by the way, the walk down to the river on the north end of the property is great exercise and affords a wonderful connection with the Hudson River. They also have a fun museum store, though on my low budget, I couldn't afford anything. It's a bit pricey.

Visited December 2013
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Buffalo, New York
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“Enjoyable afternoon trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This Vanderbilt home is definitely worth seeing. We got there later in the day, so we didn't have a lot of time to explore some of the grounds, but the house itself was absolutely amazing. Our tour guide, Ranger Bob, was also excellent. You could tell that he really loved this home and his job. He almost made the home come alive again....even in the off season.

I also like that non-flash photography is allowed within the home.

Visited March 2014
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Kent, UK
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“Stunning home, well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This really is a beautiful property, and gives a real insight to how the wealthy New Yorkers used to live. It's the equivalent of their holiday home, but what a holiday home! The guide was excellent, and he told us this is the smallest of the Vanderbilt mansions, but it's still a huge property. Beautiful decor, and definitely worth comparing with the Roosevelt property which is next door to see how those who were born to money lived compared to those who made money. This property is far more ostentatious than FDR's family home. There are lovely grounds, and beautiful views, and I suspect you could spend a day here wandering the home and garden. However, if you're on a tight schedule, try to make a full day and catch both this house and FDR's (although don't skip the FDR library as it's got the car and other bits of interest there). If you have enjoyed watching TV shows such as Downton Abbey and Mr Selfridge you'll enjoy visiting this property.

Visited February 2014
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New York City, New York
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“Over the top vanderbilt estate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Just like the other Vanderbilt Estates, Federicks estate is just like his other brothers homes/estates. Money for them was no object, they bought the best and just over spent on everything. The state is just about a mile away from FDR's home. Both can be seen in one day.

Visited March 2014
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