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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
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Ranked #4 of 21 things to do in Hyde Park
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Owner description: This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.
Palenville, New York
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2012

was a little cold and damp kids were a little bored but it was pretty

Visited August 2011
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Bergen County, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Amazing as The Gilded Age!”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

I've been to a number of Vanderbilt Mansions, this is the smallest and most conservative. Still, absolutely amazing! What's really nice is that just about everything is original and left as Federick Vanderbilt left it when he died. The place is well maintained and more than worth the $8 admission fee which is for the tour, grounds are free. The tour is semi-guided. A guide takes gives you a brief talk on each floor and then lets you view each room at leisure. You can't walk into the rooms nor touch or sit on anything; however, you can go up the main staircase and while not central to the home, it gives you a sense of the wealth. A one-person at a time elevator is available as is a wheelchair ramp but you have to ask for these before the tour starts. The view of the Hudson is very nice. There are also gardens and a coachhouse but I didn't have time to see these. You could easily spend a half to a full day here if you like to linger. Plenty of places to eat nearby. President Franklin Roosevelt's is nearby, just two miles away. Definitely a must see!

Visited April 2012
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Come with your walking shoes”
Reviewed April 4, 2012

while the house is interesting to visit, especially during the holiday season, the real draw of Vanderbilt is the beautiful grounds for walking - you can stroll to the flower garden in season, walk along the elevated ridge area by the roadway, or continue down the walk to the riverfront. All in all, a beautiful walk with amazing views of the Hudson River.

Visited December 2011
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new york
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“How the other "half" lives, you know the 1%”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

Just beautiful and peaceful grounds and very interesting home and family story

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good Day Trip”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

Decided to do a "daycation" and headed to Hyde Park, NY. Had been wanting to see the home of FDR and the Vanderbilt mansion. First took the tour of the home of FDR. Enjoyed the tour and learned a lot from the movie before the tour. After walking the grounds of FDR's home, drove about 2 miles down the road to the Vanderbilt mansion. Tour was very informative and the home was beautiful. Nest time I go back I want to see the Culinary Institute of America, which is down the road from both homes. The Hudson River area is just a beautiful area to visit. After a wonderful and informative day headed back home to the Poconos.

Visited March 2012
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