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Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Ranked #175 of 1,068 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: This park site is closed to the public as of May 1, 2015 to allow for renovation and accessibility improvements. Once begun, the project will take approximately nine months. The site is scheduled to reopen in 2016. The boyhood home (1858-1872) of the only United States President born in New York City. The site includes galleries and 1865 period rooms that relate the story of young Teddy Roosevelt, his ranch days, presidency and exploration period.
Easton, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

I have to confess that what initially drew me into this tour was that it was a free way to get to see the inside of a brownstone! However, I left the site a confirmed fan of Theodore Roosevelt. The tours are guided by Rangers from the National Park Service. Our guide, Mike Amato, was very informative and personable. He knew his stuff, and obviously had a great respect for his subject matter! He even recommended a book to us, The River of Doubt by Candice Millard. We are reading this now and learning a lot about Roosevelt, and the Amazon. If you are in NY, I would highly recommend a visit to this site.

Visited March 2014
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
“Great FREE tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

On my way to another venue, I decided to walk past this National Historic site, not expecting much. Loved the outside and architecture of this home in the lovely Gramercy Park neighborhood, so poked my head into the entrance and was immediately greeted by the friendly Ranger who said the next guided 40 minute tour was beginning in 5 minutes (offered on the hour). I inquired about the cost and when told it was free, was very surprised and decided to take it in. The tour was led by a volunteer who was extremely knowledgeable and covered 5 rooms of the house as well as the family history and events of the times. It was fantastic to say the least and would have been well worth ten plus dollars, but was FREE. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in Teddy and the Roosevelt family.

Visited April 2014
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Wilmington, Delaware
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133 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

Our 11 year old daughter loves presidential history and historic homes. So most of our trips involve a presidential historic site. This was a great tour, and really gave great insight into the childhood of Theodore Roosevelt. The park ranger was very knowledgeable and fun. A great place to stop in and see.

Visited April 2014
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Ellicott City MD
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229 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Very Nice Place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2014

A few minute walk from Gramercy Park, this historic home is a great repository of Teddy Roosevelt Items. The ranger on duty was quite knowledgeable and helfpul. The 25 minute film on the early life of Teddy Roosevelt was quite well done. However, the exhibits were undergoing some changes so we didn't see much of that. Combine this place with a visit the Park itself as well as to the nearby Flatiron Building (great architecture) and Madison Square park.

Visited April 2014
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Brisbane, Queensland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“Most interesting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

As a Theodore Roosevelt admirer I was determined to visit the rebuilt place of his birth and was very impressed by the building. The tour takes you to five period rooms furnished with original and period pieces and the guide tells you lots about Roosevelt's family and early life, in addition to general information about life in New York for the upper classes. Photography is permitted without flash, allowing you to capture the grand rooms of the house. Downstairs is a small exhibition area; when I visited most of the display cases were empty but I was so excited to see that the shirt Theodore Roosevelt was wearing when he was shot in 1912 and the glasses case and speech that deflected the bullets were on display! Roosevelt's Rough Riders uniform is also on display nearby. This small NHS is easy to miss but certainly merits a visit.

Visited February 2014
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