Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
4.5
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Sonnenberg Gardens is a historic estate showcasing nine formal gardens, an antique greenhouse complex, and a Victorian mansion. Sonnenberg also features a gift shop, the Finger Lakes Wine Center, and wedding/reception rental facilities.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Donald K
    Edmonton, Canada1,140 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I thought it was very worth the stop
    This was one of the best mansion tours I have been on. From the outside it reminded me of the Winchester Mystery house in San Jose. I see that a lot of people giving it a 1/5 are saying it is too run down. I recall someone saying they like ruins that are in good shape not run down. For stuff that is 100+ years old, I thought it was in pretty good shape. The rose garden was a bit underwhelming but it was nicer than the rose gardens I just visited in Syracuse. And that place is highly rated. I am very glad we stopped here. I was a bit sad knowing that I will never have that kind of money to have a place like this. The greenhouses were a bit disappointing, expecting some more lush greenery.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Nymph74
    Northern Virginia, Virginia298 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Mansion and Gardens - Beware of Google Maps Directions!!
    Google maps sent us right into this poor ladies' driveway rather than the actual entrance to the estate. She said that it happens multiple times every day. If Google maps tells you to take East Street - DON'T DO IT!! There is no way to get in through this house's driveway. The actual entrance is off of Gibson Street, you can't miss it. But on to the Mansion and Gardens: We were impressed at how good everything looks. The mansion itself is remarkably well preserved and really a site to behold. The gardens are best visited by strolling through them so you can get the full experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • sheilamk87
    Bristol, Rhode Island125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place!
    This property is very big and just beautiful to walk around in. The grounds around the mansion are stunning! All the different areas are very interesting to read about. The inside of the mansion is also so pretty. Their gift shop is very nice too with a large selection of wines from the area. definitely worth a visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Mary Kay T
    Westminster, Colorado538 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!
    Beautiful home and gardens - go on a warm, sunny day so you can enjoy everything. There may have been an admission fee but no one was in the booth so our day was free. They are working on the main entrance so we had to go around to the back of the garden to enter … The house is beautiful. The original owner had great taste and was a great traveler so the design and decor is very eclectic. Take your time and enjoy!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Michael K
    San Jose, California1,103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting gardens in a historic estate
    We followed the recommended historic entrance route as we entered, passing by a pond lined with different shade trees, through the lush and green South Lawn and the East Grove to arrive at the mansion. The mansion has many rooms and is huge, but nothing special really stood out except for the view from the second floor balcony where it overlooks the Italian garden. It was quite spectacular. As we toured the gardens, the Italian Garden really stood out and was very pretty. Other notable gardens include: the Sub-Rosa Garden with statues of some Roman gods was interesting; the Japanese Garden was quite scenic too; the Peacock House looked interesting on the outside but it was closed to visitors; and finally the Rock Garden with its intrincate rock work was worth a stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 23, 2023
  • Gigi C
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem...very inviting docents
    Great tour of the mansion and grounds. The docents were so friendly and helpful (shout out to Beth especially), they answered all our questions with such enthusiasm and patience, they almost made history come alive. The house has so many interesting features (they certainly love their bathrooms and bathtubs!). We've toured other historic houses like in Newport where everything and everyone is so stand offish but here, we just felt so welcomed, we could even sit in some of the furniture. Of all the gardens, the Italian garden is the most updated, beautiful view from the 2nd floor bedroom. The Japanese garden with its historic teahouse is also fascinating. With more funding, am sure this garden could be made to truly shine. Be sure to also check out the lovely stained glass mural at the wine shop.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 3, 2024
  • arubaphil
    Kinnelon, New Jersey656 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Mansion and Gardens
    When staying in Canandaigua, my wife and I visited the Sonnenberg Gardens. The Sonnenberg Gardens are a 50 acre estate comprising multiple gardens and a mansion built in the late 1880's. Different flower gardens are situated throughout the property. Additionally, the mansion is open to tour and docents are available for a more extensive tour. The mansion is very impressive and the gardens beautiful. Visitation to the Sonnenberg Gardens is well worth the trip.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 13, 2024
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Robert H
Centreville, VA215 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was a disappointment. There were barely and flowers in the gardens and the mansion is in serious need of some basic maintenance. Considering the number of visitors and the cost of the entry fee, we were expecting something more impressive. If you have nothing to do in Canandaigua and have money you don’t need, you might want to,stop by for something to do.
Written August 7, 2021
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Mary M
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Oct 2021
The gardens present such exceptional design variety and attention to every detail. Any season offers an abundance for the senses. So many types, much to see and learn - allow lots of time. The home is wonderfully preserved and the docents clearly enjoy their work, guiding guests to all the spaces with stories of the family, friends, and politically connected who summered in this beautiful home. The best view of the city and the lake from the upper levels, of course. A feast for the eyes! Make sure this is on your list - even children find fascination in the gardens.
Written September 5, 2022
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daylilly50
New York City, NY811 contributions
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Sep 2022
Many of the reviewers obviously had been there previously and were disappointed in the current appearance, As someone visiting for the first time, I looked with different eyes. True the gardens needed some more care and upkeep, but in an historical sense they were very interesting and well designed,
The docents for the mansion were all excellent, and a special thank you to the wonderful senior citizen who has been there for years and has a passion for her volunteer job.
The trees on the property are worth seeing by themselves.
While NY State is responsible , it is a small group of volunteers who do most of the work, and they are fully committed to doing their best. The group that does the flower arranging is also to be commended, and they were beautifully done and abundant throughout the house.
Written September 21, 2022
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Ravita M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The history of the Mansion and Gardens is something to be shared. It was great to know that the owners' resources and funds were put back into the Canandaigua community. A small entrance fee gives you such an awe-inspiring experience. Not to be missed!
Written September 14, 2021
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Karen S
Staten Island, NY10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Glad we didn't listen to the reviews. My husband and I took a lovely self guided tour around the gardens and mansion. And while I agree that the greenhouses were not in the best shape, the different gardens with their structures and statues were beautiful and very interesting. And the mansion itself was so interesting. It was a lovely visit after a trip of mostly vineyards!
Written October 1, 2022
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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA580 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
You can walk around in the mansion and the mansion has some unique furniture to look at. There are some nice gardens to explore. Only 3 or 4 of the green houses are full.
If the place had better maintenance, the place would really be a huge tourist attraction.
Written July 29, 2022
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Marilyn M
Cortland, NY343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Maybe we spent more time in the gardens because we felt safer during these Covid 19 times; we went to places in the gardens we'd never visited before. The 2nd floor of the mansion was closed off so this may have also pushed us outdoors. The docent was very welcoming & provided us w/ an expert background to the Thompson family. In spite of the challenges of maintaining the gardens during a drought & restricted Covid protocols, we still found nature's bounty a refreshing & rejuvenating experience at Sonnenberg.
Written September 16, 2020
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Thanks so very much for your comments about the property and our amazing docents. This year has been especially hard on so many people and we are just so grateful we were able to offer you a respite from the worries of the outside world while you were visiting us.
Written September 17, 2020
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Bobbie
Tampa, FL636 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We visited in mid May on a drizzly chilly day. This early in the spring, gardens are just barely getting started from the winter. So the gardens weren’t especially nice looking but several volunteer groups were hard at work on the Italian garden, the rose garden, the Japanese garden, and perhaps elsewhere on the huge grounds. We were prepared for the drizzle so we enjoyed walking around and could imagine how gorgeous the grounds would be farther into the growing season.

We got up to the Mansion as the drizzle turned to a steady rain. A senior docent gave us a wonderful tour of the first floor. She seemed to know amazing details about the mansion and individual pieces. She was unhurried and enjoying sharing a wealth of information. Touring the 2nd floor was on our own. All in all we spent about 2 1/2 hours and enjoyed it. If the gardens had been in bloom, I probably would have given it 5 stars.
Written May 19, 2022
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Maureen
Bluffton, SC2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was very disappointing. You can tell the grounds and mansion use to be something special, but they have not been maintained and are in very poor condition. Trees and bushes are in dire need of trimming - the flower gardens are pathetic and full of weeds. I understand this is run by a volunteer staff but unless the state of NY decides to spend some money on this property, I fear it will continue to decline. I would not recommend it as a point of interest to anyone in it's current state. It would be great if a private foundation or historical group were to take over and invest some real money into this property.
Written September 6, 2022
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NieSam
Maine941 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It’s been years since I last went to Sonnenberg Gardens and it was as beautiful as I remembered! The stately trees on the property are impressive, especially the sycamores. My favorite was the weeping beech - the trunk alone was impressive. The map is easy to follow so we were able to find all the various gardens.

The moonlight garden was just starting to bloom and the roses were just branching out. The many bridges and fountains kept the kids with us enthralled and were beautiful for us to see. The Italianate garden was impressive, especially when viewed from the porch or the colonnade. The mansion is well tended and the staff inside were outstanding. So were the grounds and entry staff.

My only surprise was the state of the old fashioned garden. The beauty of the perennials was overwhelmed by the tall grasses allowed to grow and stand above all else. I see from their website it’s intentional but I think it’d be more striking without them.
Written June 9, 2022
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