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Olana State Historic Site

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Great Hudson Valley Site

This site is one of the jewels of New York State. The house is very interesting and guides are very... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Hamradio1957
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Pearl River, New York
Beautiful

Location, setting, home, landscape, all were very beautiful. Definitely worth a visit to gain a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
MJR1964
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape...more
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This site is one of the jewels of New York State. The house is very interesting and guides are very knowledgeable. The grounds are beautiful anytime of the year.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Location, setting, home, landscape, all were very beautiful. Definitely worth a visit to gain a glimpse of another time in our country. Like an English manor home with a twist.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MJR1964
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The home is nothing special. Neither grand or impressive. The short walk from the visitor center to the home was quite steep and difficult for many of the for elderly folks in our group.The tour was short and many rooms in the home were not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mike B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our visit to Olana, as much for the opportunity to visit the home of an important American artist as to view the architecture and stunning landscape. You must take a tour to enter the house, and our guide was very good - knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bookistan5
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Touring this fabulous former home now a museum facility, was a time warped experience . It's setting on Hudson was over the top, views from every angle. The craftmanship and all the attention to detail in the dwelling left me breathless. They sure knew how...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank sheila1946
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First, the tours do sell out so book as soon as you know you want to go. We weren't that smart, but we went anyway and were able to get in, maybe they had cancellations? Second, if you are a NY resident there is a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank RooneyHouston
Reviewed November 5, 2018

Enjoyable and informative tour through an authentically preserved home. Beautiful views of the Hudson through many windows and doorways which open into the fresh air. Not overly stuffy, you can imagine living there yourself. The tour guides are friendly and knowledgable. Don't forget to walk...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank isistks
Reviewed October 24, 2018

The grounds of Olana have sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west and surrounding valley to the east. The 1 1/2 hour guided electric cart tour of the grounds was a lovely way to experience the property and learn the history of Fredrick...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Texasgirl0915
Reviewed October 17, 2018

Once you have experienced the sweeping vistas from Olona, you will no longer wonder what so inspired the Hudson River School of Painters, famed worldwide for their landscapes. We visited on a clear, crisp fall afternoon as the sun bathed the hills and golden leaves....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sightseer692606
Reviewed October 8, 2018

Our one day available to visit Olana was threatening rain. We'd visited the house years earlier, and loved it, but were very surprised that the house tours were completely booked when we went online several days before our arrival. So instead, we reserved tickets for...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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RosalindaG
October 29, 2016|
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Response from EZReader | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can visit the grounds without booking a tour. The grounds are lovely.
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JTayj
August 27, 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
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Caroline R
July 15, 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes
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