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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

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Address: 151 Charlotte St, Canandaigua, NY 14424-1363
Phone Number: 15853944922
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Sonnenberg Gardens is a historic estate showcasing nine formal gardens, an...

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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Amazing mansion!

We visited the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion on a Wednesday morning and really enjoyed meandering around the rustic gardens. The gardens are quite old, with some areas in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Donna T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited the Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion on a Wednesday morning and really enjoyed meandering around the rustic gardens. The gardens are quite old, with some areas in disrepair, but still worthy of a glimpse into the past. If you are looking for history, you will enjoy the Sonnenberg Gardens. If you are looking for a Longwood Gardens experience, this... More 

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2 Thank Donna T
Buffalo, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was my second time visiting with the first being about 40 years ago! Was disappointed more flowers were not in bloom but being the end of August I am sure we missed most of the blooming season. It was a very peaceful and enjoyable visit. They did have wine tasting there, which we did not partake in but they... More 

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Seaford, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visiting the Sonnenberg mansion and gardens is truly an experience. The beautiful, themed gardens surround the Queen Anne-style estate overlooking the lake.Museum workers casually walk through giving you information about the lovely furnishings and the Thompsons who built the mansion and lived the charmed life in the late 1880's. In addition to the serene setting, visitors can enjoy wine tastings... More 

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Columbus, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there during the Arts Festival. Great! We purchased Jewelry from local Artists. Well worth the trip! Loved touring the Mansion.

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Thank CandyPam55
Wellsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While there I met a woman who said that during the 1950s she lived in the mansion. It was student nurse housing at the time. She and a friend lobbied hard to keep the mansion in original condition and not paint the woodwork or chop up the rooms. She clearly came to love the building and still feels a connection... More 

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Canandaigua, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my 4th visit to a once lovely summer estate of a bygone era. I brought a cousin from the Utica area who had come to visit me. Having not been there in over 10 years myself I must say I was saddened to see how much it was in need of repair. Accessibility is minimal. Due to the... More 

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

Thank you for your visit and review! As we are completely funded by the activities of our non-profit organization and not NY State, we must fund raise for all the renovation projects at Sonnenberg. Restoration and preservation of historic structures is specialized and expensive. In the last two years we raised $1 million dollars for the greenhouse restoration and Aviary/wedding... More 

West Seneca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful building, full of history and culture. It poured rain on the day of our visit, so we didn't get to see the gardens, but even so the building was worth the price alone. The docents gave us a tour and included lots of wonderful details. Thank you.

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Thank Lynn H
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Sonnenberg Gardens this past weekend during the arts at the garden festival..such a wonderful event...beautiful home to walk thru, there were volunteers everywhere to give you information. We walked thru the gardens..not sure if it was because of the time of year but it seemed to me that they could of used a little more care...I did... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The mansion itself was interesting although crumbling around you. The "gardens" were mostly overgrown with ivy and actual flowers were scarce except for the half dead potted plants placed around the mansion. Luckily we only paid $6 per person because of an art show. Not worth more then that. Art show was another disappointment. Vendors were obnoxiously overpriced. It's a... More 

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

We are sorry that you did not enjoy your visit but we feel your review is not an accurate assessment of our park or our event. We encourage people planning a visit to read other reviews to draw a more fair conclusion of our historic park. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Need much work. The mansion had period furniture, but nothing from the actual house. The entire estate in need of benefactor. Green houses were being revamped. Falling apart. Visit was disappointment.

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

Thank you for your visit and review! As we are completely funded by our nonprofit organization and not the State of NY, we must fundraise for all preservation and restoration projects. These activities required very specialized work so it is expensive. We raised $1 million dollars in the last 2 years for the greenhouse restoration work and the Aviary/wedding site... More 

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