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“Interesting tour and museum”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home
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Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Hyde Park
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Interesting tour and museum”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

W had a great tour guide who led us through the house and really made it come alive. What a great story teller. Tours are included in admission. The library is under renovation, but we enjoyed the par too the museum that we could visit. The admission price was a bit high, but we are definitely glad we went. A huge amount of history on the property.

Visited December 2012
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“History lovers will enjoy this”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

This was our first visit to this national historic site. You will enter the main building to purchase your tour tickets to the various buildings. Space is limited on each tour, and they have several during the day. You can watch a short video before your walking tour, and I would recommend it. You then meet up with your tour guide for a short information talk. After the talk, you will walk across the grounds to the FDR home. The walk is about 1/4 mile, so if you have any walking issues, it might be a problem. You will need comfortable shoes. You are allowed to view the house, and the guide remains in one spot to answer questions.
You can visit his grave site on the way back to the museum. The museum is a collection of photographs of Eleanor and Franklin from childhood throughout their lives.( This museum would not be of interest to small children, but history lovers will really enjoy it.) We enjoyed the house tour, and our guide gave us some interesting facts about FDR and his family.

Visited November 2012
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New York
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317 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit, extremely interesting”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

This was my second visit and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. The tour is interesting but the guides don't bang on too much or dumb down, seemingly having found a happy medium. The house and grounds are wonderful and there is a lot to see and learn about. Unfortunately on this trip the Library wasn't open as it is being refurbished, but I will return when it is complete.

Visited November 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“And a little girl sd " what is polio?"”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

We are Baby Boomers- we heard the stories of WWII, FDR, Winston Churchill, Warm Springs, the polio epidemic- and this brought it together for us. This is not an ostentatious place and it was MIGHTY cold the day we visited. Yet, you had a real sense of the sheer strenghth of this remarkable man and his indomitable spirit and family.
Our docent shivered along with us- I think the cold actualy abbreviated what she might have told us. Yet as she talked abt FDR's polio and efforts to provide comfort for sufferers and more importantly a cure- I realized that I did not his role in establishing the March of Dimes or why he is on the dime! We sure GOT it when the little girl standing next to us turned to her thirtysomething mother and said " What is polio, Mommy"? and she answered " oh it's a disease that people got a looong time ago." Indeed...and I remeber those Salk and Sabin vaccines well!

Visited November 2012
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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Visit over the holidays”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Excellent tour. Loved seeing where F.D.R. discussed the atom bomb in his house. The guides were amazing and had wonderful stories that kept us intrigued throughout. Definitely worth the trip!

Visited December 2011
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