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“Hidden gem in Manhattan”

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Ranked #163 of 1,118 things to do in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in Manhattan. It is a national historic site managed by the National Park Service. The site includes galleries and 1865 period rooms that relate the story of young Theodore Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
81 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Hidden gem in Manhattan”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

On a recent trip up to Manhattan I had just a few hours of free time with my wife and we decided on the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site. We were not disappointed. The staff was great and we arrived just in time for a tour, which lasted 40 minutes. The tour was great and the guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. With all the tourist attractions in Manhattan to see, it would be easy to overlook this place, but make the time to visit.

Visited September 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“The conservation president site - FREE”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Tip: tours are free, they start on the hour/ every hour from 9am to 5pm and they last 40 min.
There are tours to visit the house but we didn't have enough time to do it. We just checked the museum that displays some info about TR's life which is interesting.
We really admire TR's determination to enlarge the NP service. If you are interested in know more about it, there is a documentary, available on Amazon prime, about the NP system. It's very interesting.
When we left we came across Woody Allen. He was taking a cab.

Visited June 2013
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Columbus, Georgia
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“a Little Gem”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

There is much to see and learn here, much furniture original to the house and to the family. The tour guide was patient and interesting. I was disappointed we did not get to see Theodore's childhood bedroom on the upper floor, the first "natural history museum" in NY, as books tell.

Visited August 2013
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
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“A different reason for visiting”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

We actually visited here only to purchase the America the Beautiful Pass which allows free entry into National & Federal Parks etc. It is tucked away and we almost walked passed it...so keep your eyes open. Anyhow, we told the Ranger who we found at his desk just inside the entrance that we did not plan to take a tour but just popped in to make our purchase. He was a lovely man and incredibly helpful. He chatted to us about the building and Theodore Roosevelt and at no point did we feel he was trying to persuade us to take the tour. In addition, he was the first person in 2 days to offer his help in guiding us to the right paces in NYC and gave us a "proper" map. This I can say, we very much appreciated.
If we manage to visit NYC again, we would make the time and love to actually take this tour.

Visited July 2013
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Morristown, New Jersey
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50 reviews
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“Theodore Roosevelt Childhood Home”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

I went to the Theodore Roosevelt Childhood home in New York city last week. It was free and fit right in with the other buildings on 20th street I believe. It began with a 26 min. video of TD as a little boy only. They then gave a tour of the 2 floor home TD lived in till he was 14 years old. High ceilings large room for the time. I was very impressed by the tour guide. He gave lots of information about TD and his family. I found it to be very interesting and not at all about when he was president.

Worth a visit if your in that section of New York.

Visited August 2013
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