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“Pretty but not up to expectations” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Canandaigua
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Owner description: Sonnenberg Gardens is a historic estate showcasing nine formal gardens, an antique greenhouse complex, and a Victorian mansion. Sonnenberg also features a gift shop, the Finger Lakes Wine Center, and wedding/reception rental facilities.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Raleigh, North Carolina
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68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Pretty but not up to expectations”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

The fee is more than $10 per person to enter the grounds. We did a self guided tour and were disappointed in the upkeep of the buildings, the lack of signage in the gardens, and found the gardens lackluster. There were many gardens and an interesting variety, but none were fabulous. The mansion is interesting and there are a lot of items displayed in each room including clothes, furniture, and personal items. Interesting, but hard to tell how historically accurate. Overall, it was a nice walk around the grounds, but not worth the fee.

Visited June 2013
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Reading, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Enjoy Sonnenberg Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

We would strongly recommend taking the 1:00 garden tour (1 1/2 hours), touring the mansion, and visiting the wine tasting room to enjoy sampling local wines. Sonnenberg is a fine example of grandiose living in the late 1800's. Many local volunteers have been enormous help in keeping up this New York State Historic Park.

Visited May 2013
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Oxted, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“A pleasant day”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

We spent a great day at Sonnenberg Gardens and house. It was all very interesting although a bit tired. It was also a beautiful ride to the gardens along the Canandaigua lake. It's just soon big !!!!!

Visited June 2013
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new york
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187 reviews
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“Like Walking in a Real Life Fairy Tale...Beautiful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

This is the summer home of Frderick and Mary Thompson. If you enjoy touring mansions, this is a must see!! If your one of the many people who dream about living in a stately mansion like this with beautifully landscaped grounds, privacy and yet close to everything, ..you've just found your dream house. This place is amazing. The mansion itself can be toured alone or with a guide. I recommend the docents because they really do provide more personal and more information than the self guided cell phone tour. Either way, you will enjoy it. The house is over 200 years old and in very good shape. There are two floors to tour and you must be able to climb some stairs for the 2nd floor tour. 2/3 of the house is still closed to the public. Its amazing to see the lifestyle of the rich and famous; but its very comfortable and you feel like you could move right in and settle down. Some of the furniture is original to the home. Then on to the gardens. THere are many gardens each with their own themes. There is Japanese Garden, the Rose Garden, The Italian Garden, Roman Bath House, Moonlight Garden and much much more. The trees are even amazing. The weeping Birch is stunning...Japanese Maple are gorgeous....the rock garden is a treat to walk through. As one person mentioned...wear comfortable shoes and definitely walk all around the property. We spent almost 2 and 1/2 hours strolling through mansion and grounds. I would suggest going in Spring or Summer when the flowers are in bloom. Plenty of parking on grounds. There is a seperate building where you can do wine tastings for $3 a glass. ITs very good and I recommend this stop. There's a cafe which I did not go into. Theres a nice gift shop upstairs from the wine tasting where you can purchase bottles of wine along with other souveniers. You could push a stroller or wheelchair around a lot of the property if you have a little bit of muscle, but overall it wouldnt be too difficult. I dont know if you could take wheelchairs or strollers inside but I wouldnt think you could due to possible damage to the floors. You need to keep in mind this attraction is not open late; it closes at 5:30 through end of Sept. and then at 4:30 From Sept. to Oct. The guide says Oct 31 is last day it is open for tours until next year in May again.

Visited May 2013
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Webster, NY
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62 reviews
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“A must see when you visit Canandaigua”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

Sonnenberg is a wonderful place to visit and explore. The gardens are beautiful and scenic. The mansion is also large and it's a great place to take pictures. I had my wedding ceremony at one of the gardens back in 2004 and it was a wonderful backdrop to our special day.

Visited June 2012
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