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An impressive survivor of the Gilded Age in need of some TLC and imagination

Sonnenberg Gardens is one of those late Gilded Age houses that survived through a combination of... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Zzardvark
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Perfect place to take pictures

The Italian garden was absolutely gorgeous and so was a lot of the other ones. The green houses... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sarai N
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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.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua, NY 14424-1363
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Reviewed 5 days ago

It had been probably 20 years since I was last at Sonnenberg Gardens. My husband is from Columbus, OH and since we now live in Rochester, NY again, I thought it would be a good place to visit on this beautiful summer day to give...More

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Sonnenberg G, Public Relations Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Twenty years ago the group managing the Sonnenberg estate was not putting the money into its upkeep. Finances were not handled properly and it was by the graciousness of New York State that took ownership and cleared the debts that allows the park to operate...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Sonnenberg Gardens is one of those late Gilded Age houses that survived through a combination of neglect and luck. Except for the interior furnishings, it seems as the buildings, trees and garden structures pretty much survived, although many elements are in various states of disrepair....More

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Sonnenberg G, Public Relations Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Our next projects are not small ones as you suggest. We have a $1 million+ restoration of the Rock Garden water features starting next year and then after that we will be working on our multi-million dollar new Visitor Center which will address nearly everything...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Italian garden was absolutely gorgeous and so was a lot of the other ones. The green houses were set up very nice too it was a very pleasant evening I spent there.

1  Thank Sarai N
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you really like historical mansions and/or gardening, then this is a nice visit. It is a little higher priced than other NY state parks, and you need to be prepared to do some walking. We went mid August, and only few flowers still in...More

Thank Lee D
Sonnenberg G, Public Relations Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and patronage! Unlike most other parks in the NY State Parks system, Sonnenberg is not directly funded by the State. It is completely funded and run through the activities of its nonprofit organization. As such, all admissions go directly to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sonnenberg is one of my favorite places to visit and bring those friends who are visiting me. We went last week for their Thursday Tea. The house, exhibits, and docents were all excellent. Good displays, nicely curated and the mansion itself is remarkable. The gardens...More

Thank Deborah C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reviews of writers stating dead plants, lots of weeds, broken flower pots, lack of color, and even lack of flowers at all in some gardens (pansy garden actually only had 4 little pale flowers trying desperately to survive) are all true. We read the...More

1  Thank Floyd2Carolina
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the time. Plan on at least 1.5 hours. More if you really like to wander all the garden areas - 12 of them!

1  Thank Dara S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Once a glorious garden, now in some disrepair but some of the old grandeur, including the mansion, still on view.

1  Thank Patricia M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I spent the morning touring the gardens and the mansion. She loves flowers (tho this hot summer had been a challenge for the garden-keepers, I'm sure.) I love fountains and the mansion was a real treat. There's a tram for those who...More

1  Thank Chuck C
Sonnenberg G, Public Relations Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and visit. We are so happy that you enjoy the visit - be sure to stop by again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The place is beautiful. The garden was quite impressive. The nursery was just OK and in need of better maintenance.More

Thank Ping N
Sonnenberg G, Public Relations Manager at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and review! Our 100-year old wood and glass greenhouse complex is undergoing specialized restoration work - some of which has been completed and some is in process or pending. We are proud of our greenhouse as it is one of...More

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Lauri H
August 2, 2018|
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Response from TcDe69 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think any pets other than service animals are permitted.
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Melanie M
April 9, 2018|
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Response from Sonnenberg G | Property representative |
Our park spans 50 acres and has 9 historic garden areas so there are always quiet areas about the park even on busy days. Weather plays a huge role in how busy the park is as the more "perfect" the weather, the greater the... More
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James F S
October 7, 2017|
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Response from brown0907 | Reviewed this property |
They close after October and I believe they open in May
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