Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Historically known as Hyde Park, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is one of the region's oldest Hudson River estates. For nearly two centuries, this place has been home to socially prominent New Yorkers. A superb example of its type, Hyde Park represents the domestic ideal of the elite class in the late nineteenth-century America. It provides a glimpse of estate life, the social stratification of the period, and the world of the American millionaire during the era historians refer to as the Gilded Age.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

See what travelers are saying
  • Timothy L
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vanderbilt Mansion
    The gardens and home are well worth taking the tour. This mansion was owned by Frederick Vanderbilt. We had just been to the Biltmore which was owned by George Vanderbilt. This house is much smaller but still shows how rich people lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Manny B
    420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice mansion, not overly impressive
    Enjoyed a wonderful and informative 1 hour tour. Tours are $10/person. They are free if you have the senior America the Beautiful National Parks Card. The mansion was owned by Frederick Vanderbilt. It is not as pretty as the one in Newport. Beautiful grounds. The garden is just ok.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 16, 2023
  • abstill
    New Jersey68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it!
    Fantastic! Really impressive building. Our tour guide, Dmitri, was knowledgeable and funny. The home is immaculately maintained by the National Park Service and has all its original furnishings, which is rare. A great example of Gilded Age opulence in a stunning Hudson riverbank setting.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 27, 2023
  • amusementparkguy1
    104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must Do Experience
    Visiting historic homes can be fascinating as it gives us a glimpse into the past. This mansion is well-kept and definitely a beauty. The rich from the late 19th and early 20th centuries lived lives beyond our imagination. This house is a must do. The pieces in the house are original.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 7, 2023
  • aerober
    Baldwin, Maryland153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Mansion and grounds!
    If you have come from the Newport Mansions as we did this is a much smaller mansion and not as grand. However, I would absolutely recommend stopping here to learn about the Vanderbilt history. Our Docent was superior in his knowledge and i learned quite a bit we didn't learn in Newport. The grounds are extensive so if you enjoy walking about you will find this a wonderful stop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 16, 2023
  • slkuelkd113
    Buffalo, New York125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Gilded Age brought to life!
    We all know that the Vanderbilts had money. At this site, you can see how they spent it! Set in spectacular, spacious grounds, the mansion interior is a must-see. The expression of extravagant, decadent wealth is staggering - and to think they spent just a few weeks a year here. Alas, the only way to see the inside of the mansion is via a guided tour by a NPS ranger. So check to be sure tours are being offered when you visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Jerseytraveler08540
    Princeton, New Jersey167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth seeing!
    This site is so impressive as well as the history that goes along with it. Our tour guide, Ranger Ryan, was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. It was not the time of year to visit the gardens, so I might have to return in the spring.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Sherida C
    Ventura, California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    What a beautiful site to see! It is the epitome of wealth in this country at it's time. Everything in this mansion is opulent! Furniture from around the world, tapestries, decorations, the design and beauty is a sight to see. It gives you an idea of how the other 1% of Americans lived and still live to this day. It is definitely worth seeing.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 16, 2024
  • Romas2101
    Charlottesville, Virginia75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A visit to the Gilded Age
    We stopped here on a recent NY and PA trip to historic sites. We were inspired to check out this and other mansions after seeing a documentary series on the industrial barons of the Gilded Age. It was very impressive to see the opulence and attention to detail in this magnificent structure. The furnishings and collectibles, mostly from old Europe, were impressive. The huge wall tapestries had just been returned from being cleaned in Belgium. This was supposedly their first cleaning since the house was built and the work had to be done there to prevent shrinkage. The wealthiest families of that era owned more mansions than most of us own in sneakers. Definitely worth a tour.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 19, 2024
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,150 reviews
Excellent
647
Very good
399
Average
89
Poor
11
Terrible
4

Romas2101
Charlottesville, VA75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We stopped here on a recent NY and PA trip to historic sites. We were inspired to check out this and other mansions after seeing a documentary series on the industrial barons of the Gilded Age. It was very impressive to see the opulence and attention to detail in this magnificent structure. The furnishings and collectibles, mostly from old Europe, were impressive. The huge wall tapestries had just been returned from being cleaned in Belgium. This was supposedly their first cleaning since the house was built and the work had to be done there to prevent shrinkage. The wealthiest families of that era owned more mansions than most of us own in sneakers. Definitely worth a tour.
Written May 19, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sherida C
Ventura, CA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
What a beautiful site to see! It is the epitome of wealth in this country at it's time. Everything in this mansion is opulent! Furniture from around the world, tapestries, decorations, the design and beauty is a sight to see. It gives you an idea of how the other 1% of Americans lived and still live to this day. It is definitely worth seeing.
Written April 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jerseytraveler08540
Princeton, NJ167 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This site is so impressive as well as the history that goes along with it. Our tour guide, Ranger Ryan, was incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining. It was not the time of year to visit the gardens, so I might have to return in the spring.
Written November 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

slkuelkd113
Buffalo, NY125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
We all know that the Vanderbilts had money. At this site, you can see how they spent it! Set in spectacular, spacious grounds, the mansion interior is a must-see. The expression of extravagant, decadent wealth is staggering - and to think they spent just a few weeks a year here. Alas, the only way to see the inside of the mansion is via a guided tour by a NPS ranger. So check to be sure tours are being offered when you visit.
Written October 24, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

aerober
Baldwin, MD153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
If you have come from the Newport Mansions as we did this is a much smaller mansion and not as grand. However, I would absolutely recommend stopping here to learn about the Vanderbilt history. Our Docent was superior in his knowledge and i learned quite a bit we didn't learn in Newport. The grounds are extensive so if you enjoy walking about you will find this a wonderful stop.
Written October 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

amusementparkguy1
104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Visiting historic homes can be fascinating as it gives us a glimpse into the past. This mansion is well-kept and definitely a beauty. The rich from the late 19th and early 20th centuries lived lives beyond our imagination. This house is a must do. The pieces in the house are original.
Written August 7, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

abstill
New Jersey68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Fantastic! Really impressive building. Our tour guide, Dmitri, was knowledgeable and funny. The home is immaculately maintained by the National Park Service and has all its original furnishings, which is rare. A great example of Gilded Age opulence in a stunning Hudson riverbank setting.
Written July 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Manny B
New York420 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Enjoyed a wonderful and informative 1 hour tour. Tours are $10/person. They are free if you have the senior America the Beautiful National Parks Card. The mansion was owned by Frederick Vanderbilt. It is not as pretty as the one in Newport. Beautiful grounds. The garden is just ok.
Written July 16, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tiffany A
Opp, AL1,999 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
I doubt I have anything to say that hasn't already been said. This building is worth seeing from the outside if that is all you want to do, the architecture is amazing.
Written July 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Timothy L
Myrtle Beach, SC43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The gardens and home are well worth taking the tour. This mansion was owned by Frederick Vanderbilt. We had just been to the Biltmore which was owned by George Vanderbilt. This house is much smaller but still shows how rich people lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Written July 6, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,134
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

All Hyde Park HotelsHyde Park Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Hyde Park
All things to do in Hyde Park
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars