Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Canandaigua: Hours, Address, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
4.5
Historic Sites • State Parks • Gardens
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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.
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2-3 hours
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Rachel
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I am a local who was been visiting Sonnenberg Gardens multiple times per year over the past near 10 years. I am an amateur photographer and I particularly love to photograph flowers, so I have always been drawn to the Sonnenberg Gardens grounds. In the past, the gardens have been well-kept and flourishing. However, over the past 3-4 years, there has been a noticeable and steady decline in the gardens and grounds. My most recent visit was during the last weekend of July 2022, and I vowed not to return to Sonnenberg and waste time/travel/money on this historic site due to how poorly it is being kept. As mentioned, the gardens have been flourishing in the past. During my most recent visit, there were almost no flowers blooming, and those that were blooming were unimpressive and in poor condition. This is hands down the worst visit to Sonnenberg I have had. I am incredibly saddened to see a once beautiful property be forgotten. It is clear that they are spending money in thoughtless ways, rather than maintain the acres worth of lawn and garden. The mansion itself is still in good and historic condition, and is interesting to walk through. However, if you are hoping to see beautiful flowers and lush gardens, do not come to Sonnenberg.
Written July 31, 2022
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jeff77664
Downingtown, PA479 contributions
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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Linda W
Racine, WI8 contributions
Everything was very run down, especially the greenhouses and gardens. For the end of July, I would have expected the gardens to be full and lush; they were not. The mansion itself is an eclectic mix of architectural types and furnishings; not very well maintained. The entrance was difficult to find and not at all inviting. I kept thinking it will get better, it did not. The Wine center was not open the day we visited; perhaps this would have helped improve our experience :).
Written July 29, 2022
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Bill R
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Couples
My wife and I enjoyed a long weekend of exploring the Finger Lakes, including several wineries and picturesque towns. And a highlight was a self-guided walking tour of the impressive Sonnenberg mansion and gardens in Canandaigua. Some reviews describe the 19th century, Queen Anne style mansion as decrepit and in serious need of repairs. But we found all the rooms on the first two floors (the third floor is closed to the public) to be in good shape, including original woodwork, stained-glass windows and ornate lighting fixtures. We skipped the audio tour, finding the signage and brochure sufficient. Helpful volunteers answered our questions and added some background. Though it was a hot day, the manicured gardens provided enough shade for us to explore them, too. All in all, Sonnenberg was well worth an hour or two stop.
Written July 29, 2022
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uvgottatry
New York City, NY14 contributions
If you are in the area and enjoy touring historic homes, visit the Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens. Many others have mentioned the disrepair, and yes, compared to some other mansions & gardens there is quite a bit of disrepair. Not all historic homes come with the benefits of money to maintain them in their original glory. Do not let that deter you from a visit. There is grandeur, beauty and wonder to find.

When you visit you will be treated to a wonderful property where you can imagine how grand it once was, appreciate how the property and its owners served the community, recognize what it takes to maintain without the privilege of private money, and engage with warm and welcoming volunteers. Remember that seasons change and, depending on the time of year you are there, not all of the many gardens will be in bloom. Be sure to check out the rock garden and its cozy pathways.

Our visit was made particularly special thanks to the volunteers. Paul was lovely and invited us to join his informative golf cart tour around the property which set the foundation for our visit. He graciously shared his favorite spots on the estate that we were sure to visit. The docent in the mansion was informative, sharing much more than the plaques could provide. Mary (and Debbie, her assistant for the day) operating the Wine Center shared stories of the space, treated us to a unique wine tasting and was incredibly helpful with recommendations for the remainder of our day. Thanks to them all!
Written July 17, 2022
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,878 contributions
Enjoyed walking the expansive grounds on a warm summer day. Various styles of interesting gardens. Especially enjoyed the 1900's home. Looked like the family just stepped outside. Very homey and a good look at life more than a century ago.
Written July 15, 2022
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Evan S
2 contributions
This estate is vey impressive. To imagine being able to live in such a place is a lot of fun. It is a bit run down, as I am sure maintaining such a property is quite expensive, but you still get the point of the place. It is nice to be able to stroll about the property at your own pace and experience what you like. The mansion is really nice and well preserved.
Written July 13, 2022
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Paul F
5 contributions
A truly unique property and now state park that traces the history of late 19th century and early 20th century America through the life experiences of Sonnenberg's family.
Written July 10, 2022
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cjm7
Millersville, MD1 contribution
Very disappointed. We thought the estate was very run down. Have visited many old mansions and estates throughout the east coast, and this one was not elegant. Would never return or recommend to our friends and family.
Written July 2, 2022
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Sue Albany
Albany, NY78 contributions
Went here on a senior bus trip. Amazing. They normally aren't open on the day we went but they are trying to encourage groups, etc. I had seen the brochures over the years but never got over there. Glad I went this time. We had a guided tour through the gardens and the main house. The staff and volunteers have done an amazing job,, but could use more to keep the place up. Great back story about the original owners. Bankers from NYC. This was their summer place. Alot of history here. Famous people. Charitable work they did. And the surrounding buildings in the area. Amazing gift shop. They do wine tasting with some special blends. don't miss that. Great place for a wedding or special event. Lots of different locations you could use. Amazing property
Written July 2, 2022
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