Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park: Hours, Address, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site Reviews: 4.5/5

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
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
1,111 reviews
Excellent
619
Very good
388
Average
89
Poor
11
Terrible
4

Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY487 contributions
Feb 2020
If you have come to Hyde Park for the Roosevelt historic sites, you definitely should include the Vanderbilt Mansion in your itinerary. Stepping inside the mansion today doesn't feel much different than visiting for an opulent evening in the late 1800's since the interior is completely preserved as the last Vanderbilt occupants left it. The interiors are a fascinating blend of European influences. We toured on a Friday afternoon and had ample opportunity to absorb all the details due to the fact that our tour group was small. Don't miss an excellent view of the Hudson and the Catskills from behind the mansion. The staff at the visitor center were very pleasant and it is possible to purchase the America the Beautiful NP Annual Pass which we put to good use right away.
Written March 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,603 contributions
Jan 2020
This the second time I have visited the Vanderbilt Mansion and it is quite the experience. The house is just amazing and so beautifully decorated for the holidays. This is though that Fredrick and his wife, Louisa, did not spend Christmas's here.

It really is a marble palace. The house and its rooms are a little over the top but that was the "Gilded Age" for you. The park rangers were just starting to take down all the Christmas decorations but most were still up and the house had its Christmas trees in the main foyer and the living room was loaded with flowers.

The house still has most of the its original furnishes so you get to see the furniture as it was in the house when it was handed over to the State as a historical site. It really shows a lavish lifestyle with elaborate Louis XIV furniture and bedrooms that look like they should be in a palace. The furniture is so intricately designed.

The downstairs rooms is where all the entertaining took place and the upstairs rooms are reached by a spiral staircase is where the bedrooms were for the female and married guests. In the basement is where the kitchen and servants quarters were and you could see that the servants were well treated here. The tour guide said that most of them had been there for years because they were treated so well by the family.

I have seen the grounds in the summer and the trees really give the property a grand appearance and the view of the Hudson River was amazing.
Written January 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ronald Fairbairn
New York City, NY242 contributions
Aug 2020
We only got to see the grounds because of COVID but the grounds are really lovely. Bring some breadcrumbs to feed the ducks and geese which make this place their home on their migratory trip. This family was so rich that they could actually buy what appears to be a Central Park size park into which to situate their house. Memorable. Easy to imagine oneself living here - and the shame is that they only actually lived here in the Fall.
Written August 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

george b
Fort Myers, FL222 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Beautiful building, but not really a home, unless you like to live in a museum. The house had most of original furniture of the original owners. Because of Covid, we were only able to tour the main floor. It would be better after the restrictions end. If you see a ranger named Mike, ask him questions, as he is wealth of knowledge about the property and the entire area. He should be a history teacher, as he brings stories to life.
Written August 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

amattam209
Massapequa, NY165 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
First let me start off the our tour was made exceptional by our tour guide Dimitry of the National Park Service. He was so insightful and good natured and funny it was an absolute pleasure to have his as our tour guide. As for the house itself, it is a living time capsule of a much different time in America. The house and its contents are all original to the original owners of the home. It showcases the wealth of one member of the Vanderbilt family and how they lived and spent their money.
Written April 10, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter H
3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We have visited the Hyde Park Vanderbilt home several times over the years. This time, we were particularly impressed with the restoration work completed on the outside and on the bottom floor – the place really looked beautiful! We had a wonderful, knowledgeable and people-friendly guide, Alexis, who I would highly recommend! Our only criticism was that the upper two floors were not open to the public– and this was not stated on the website. I believe the National Park Service should be more forthcoming in letting the public know what is and is not available for viewing.
Written January 2, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Genevieve K
336 contributions
Oct 2021
Was a little disappointed as you only see the 1st floor of the mansion and you can't enter any rooms so you stand at the doorway. The audio lasts for about 30 min. and there wasn't much of an explanation of the Vanderbilts or the items in the rooms. It is on a very large estate and if the weather is nice, that is probably the most enjoyable part of your visit.
Written October 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

marcopolopaloalto
Palo Alto, CA1,031 contributions
Jul 2020
One may visit these austere and formal grounds, and see views of the Hudson . We did a quick drive by and spent more time at FDR estate because of the great number of story boards posted throughout which made visiting a learning experience.
But worthwhile stopping by, to see this mansion that was the neighborhood of the wealthy in its day.
Written July 11, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DLP
New Jersey1,721 contributions
Jan 2021
The mansion stands prominently and can not be missed. While massive, the exterior is quite cold looking which is in complete contrast to FDR’s house down the road which seems warm and welcoming. The mansion itself is closed during the pandemic, but this is an Estate and there are plenty of grounds to explore. There are beautiful views of the Hudson, a garden which must be spectacular in the Spring, walking trails, a waterfall and rolling hills. There is plenty to explore on this property to keep you busy for the day even though the mansion itself Is not open at this time.
Written February 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cbaz128
Toms River, NJ187 contributions
Jun 2021
We visited this mansion in the Fall of 2019, but I forgot until now to write a review. Having visited some other Vanderbilt properties in RI, I found this mansion to be a bit odd in lay out. The grounds and property are expansive and the garden was wonderful. Nevertheless, it's always fascinating to see how some people lived. I always enjoy the architecture.
Written July 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 1,095
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is open:
  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Restaurants near Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site: View all restaurants near Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site on Tripadvisor