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Olana State Historic Site

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Address: 5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
Phone Number: +1 518-828-0135
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Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family...

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 design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.

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The view. The house was unavailable as it was off hours. Who cares? The VIEW! Warm October day, my daughter and her friend playing around the slopes and enjoying the view as... read more

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Blue Hill Falls, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The view. The house was unavailable as it was off hours. Who cares? The VIEW! Warm October day, my daughter and her friend playing around the slopes and enjoying the view as well. I brought my watercolors and sat in the little garden. Did I mention the view? I would like to return to see works by Frederic Church... by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took both the garden and home tour. Our guides were very knowledgeable and pleasant. If you don't have enough time you can wander the grounds and go to the visitor center to watch a film about the history of Olana and Frederick Church. Beautiful setting, interesting architecture and furnishings. I suggest reserving a tour in advance. To think that all... More 

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Katonah, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Home, marvelous grounds and gardens, outstanding views. Visit can be divided if you wish. Grounds and exterior and inside home tour.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking can be slightly problematic on busy days. There is a parking lot up top but its very small and fills quickly you can easily park on the sides of the roads and walk. We did the outside and house tours. The guides for both were very good and the tours were interesting and well put together. You can also... More 

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Livingston, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to visit. Staff is friendly and very informative. There are places to picnic with your family. Great views of the Catskills!!!

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Englewood, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Olana has a deserved reputation as one of the most glorious sites to visit in the United States. The grounds of this former home of Hudson River School of Art leader Frederick Church (1826-1900) are worth touring, especially when the weather is as cooperative as it was for us. The meandering carriage routes, all designed by Church himself, offer wonderful... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went here years ago with my mom, and we toured the house, which was beautiful (not to mention the views!) Went here again Sunday with friends, and we were unable to tour the house. I had tried to make reservations over-the-phone and online that morning but was unable to get through. Then when we got there, the 3 of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful place to visit with different activities. There are the guided tours, brief film, walking around the vast ground and trails (where you can have dog on a leash). The views, the life of Frederic Church and his family, the unique architecture are worth the visit.

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Plainview, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Olana was a beautiful, historic house owned by Frederick Church, the painter. The tour was informative, and the home was filled with art, fine details, and interesting pieces.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I drove up to Olana as an autumn day trip and wasn't sure what to expect. What a beautiful spot! The grounds of the estate are beautiful and offer stunning views. The trails (old carriage roads) are not loops, which would be helpful, but they are beautiful and well-maintained nonetheless. They are perfect for a fall walk or for having... More 

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