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Visit FDR's 1826 home that remains almost exactly as it was at the time of the president's death in 1945, including the stables, icehouses, a walking trail, and the graves of Franklin and Eleanor located in the Rose Garden.
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We showed up Sat Feb 2 - first weekend after shut down. First time back for most of the folks we met since the end of December. They were happy. We were happy. Our tour was at 930a and it was just my husband and...More
Wonderful insight into Eleanor and FDR's life on the Hudson River. Interesting learning of his mother's role, his struggle to remain independent after becoming disabled, and Eleanor's coping mechanisms. The house is fascinating, the river views are awesome (esp in spring) and the grave site...More
Birthplace and home of our only 4 term president. The house is maintained as it was during FDR's presidency. See where he was born, where he broadcast his fireside chats, and where he greeted foreign dignitaries and royalty. Don't miss his and Eleanor's gravesites in...More
I have been to FDR's home several times and always find it enjoyable. I went last weekend to see it decorated for the holidays. It was a little underwhelming, but Val-Kill made up for it. I was disappointed to notice that there were signs of...More
A tour starts at the visitor center, a 1/4 mile from the home. Cooper-our ranger guide-first gave a long & very detailed history of Franklin's life-birth, growing up, schooling-was completely home schooled here-becoming a lawyer, disabled with polio, two terns as New York State governor...More
Visiting the Roosevelt Estate identified one with one of the greatest presidents of all time along with the leadership qualities we need for America to succeed. His home was well preserved that reflected a modest wealth. The library returned visitors to a period in time...More
I hadn't been to FDR's home in many years, so we decided to bring our 13 year old. We took the 1 hour guided tour. We all learned a lot and enjoyed our day at both the FDR home and museum very much. I was...More
While I appreciate FDR’s home being open to the public, I wish the guided tour hadn’t been quite so quick. Crowded with tourists, it didn’t leave much time or space for exploring the house itself. The guide was knowledgeable and provided interesting commentary, but to...More
Definitely worth a visit. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. Make sure you also visit FDR's library next to the visitor center. It is full of interesting exhibits, videos and sound clips. Notice what FDR accomplished in his first 100 days.The tour is about an...More
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My family went to FDR home/museum right when it opened (9 am) and got on the 9:30 tour for the home. The Ranger advised that the Val-Kill tour is actually the toughest to get because of limited group size, so if I had called... More
My family went to FDR home/museum right when it opened (9 am) and got on the 9:30 tour for the home. The Ranger advised that the Val-Kill tour is actually the toughest to get because of limited group size, so if I had called in advance she would have recommended we start there. But we did the FDR home because we were already there. (Keep in mind all this stuff is within a couple quick miles of each other.) We then headed to Val-Kill to secure our tour ticket thinking we could return later if we didn't make it onto the next possible tour, but it worked out that there was a spot for us (I think it was an 11:30 tour if I remember correctly) and we had time to wander the grounds and look through the little museum before it started. We then went to the Vanderbilt Mansion and were able to get a 1:30 tour there, and we walked the grounds and saw the gardens after the tour. We grabbed a (very) late lunch after that in town. At the end of the day we headed back to the FDR Museum as it stays open the longest (6 pm) and spent about 2 hours in the museum. We did not do a Top Cottage tour but if I had known all the tour times and such in advance and been more strategic, I bet it would be possible. So, yes, if you are motivated and have decent stamina, you can do it in a long and busy day. No regrets for my family of 5 with 3 school age kids. If you don't want to stress or hurry around at all and it is important to you to see it all, an overnight stay would be a good insurance policy that you will be able to enjoy it all. I felt like I really did get the complete experience at all the national park service sites. Being a major nerd though, I probably personally would have lingered a bit longer reading things in the museum. It's just really well done and fascinating. A big history buff/FDR fan could probably spend the better part of a day in just the museum alone. A normal person who understands the strategic value of caffeine can do it in a day.