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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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New York's version of Downton Abbey

As we entered the driveway to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, I felt as if I was entering one of the estate gardens in England. We had a short tram ride with an interesting guide... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Dundas, Canada
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Dundas, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As we entered the driveway to Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion, I felt as if I was entering one of the estate gardens in England. We had a short tram ride with an interesting guide who shared some of the history of the gardens and the owners. Unfortunately, the hot, dry summer has taken its toll on the gardens, but that... More 

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Liberty Township, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Didn't know what to expect but pleasantly surprised. Wear good shoes as there is a lot of walking but you will see a beautiful mansion that is well preserved and like a museum on early 20th century life. Expansive gardens all over the large estate in multiple different styles and formats.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited on a sleepy Monday AM, few people around, but great weather. The roads onto the property are rough and rutted, the ticketing process fine with helpful staff, a golf cart to transport you up the hill to the mansion, but.....the grandure of a great early 20th century home is ebbing. This is a classic example of the State... 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! While we are indeed part of the New York State Park System, we are not funded by the State. We are proud to have achieved the highest "friends group" status where we, not the State of NY, are responsible for all aspects of park operation - including funding preservation and restoration efforts which... More 

Syracuse, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited Sonnenberg twice previously but more than ten years ago. Our visit today was a perfect end of summer destination. It is obvious this once neglected site has enjoyed some care and attention. We were able to see gardens I had not seen previously. Some of the gardens are better cared for than others but it appears that... More 

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Farmington, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been visiting Sonnenberg Gardens since they originally opened to the public in the early 1970s. My mother was a volunteer there. She worked as a tour guide in the mansion. My siblings and I would run around the gardens and check out all the secret spots in the mansion. It has been such a pleasure to watch the various... More 

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Flemington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you happen to be in town and have a few hours to kill, this was very enjoyable. The grounds are something to see. There are several themed gardens and all are nicely manicured. My favorites were the Sub-Rose garden and the Japanese Garden. The house is something special to behold as well. Like the Breakers in Newport, it was... More 

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Cancun, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I is a beautiful garden and mansion thru which to explore. Its also very conveniently located, right off the main st. in Canandaiga. The gardens were in 'remission' due to the change of seasons but the mansion was a study1n late 1800's architecture and furnishings. In spite of the lack of flora in bloom the grounds were lovely and for... More 

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Canandaigua, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much of Canandaigua, NY's history is involved in the Sonnenberg Gardens. The Gardens are the most beautiful in the area and are kept by volunteers. The mansion is kept as it was in years past. Mrs. Thompson was very generous with her time and money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply lovely. Several unique and equally lovely garden spaces to visit. The mansion is a unique pice of history. I love every minute of my visit and will surely return.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After being in Canandaigua many times we finally decided to visit the gardens. We saw the mansion and walked through the many garden's. A guide accompanied us in the mansion and gave us a history of the house and the family.

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