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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

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Address: 519 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538-1927
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This 54-room mansion could be considered modest for a Vanderbilt.

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Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic site

Although parts of the mansion are closed for repairs we still had an excellent tour, which took about an hour. The mansion is well cared for and still contains all of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Allentown, Pennsylvania

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although parts of the mansion are closed for repairs we still had an excellent tour, which took about an hour. The mansion is well cared for and still contains all of the furnishings and artifacts collected by the Vanderbilt family. If you love history and old houses this is one of the best tours you can take. Our tour guide... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice even though there is construction going on. The tour guide was excellent and funny. That is how you learn! I kept the last star off because of the heavy-handed approach of flashing lights and stop when exiting the park by the park police. That is a waste of taxpayer money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Vanderbilt Mansion is phenomenal for the historians, family for picnics, artists to paint the views, photographers as well as models, Free Concerts in the park during the summer which is the Best! I go twice a month! A must see & experience while in Hyde Park NY as well as the small businesses right next door.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our tour guide was terrific and walked us through this beautiful mansion, and gave us lots of terrific details about life for the Vanderbilts. My family and I, and our Danish house guest, thoroughly enjoyed it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

I went for a tour in June 2016, it was really hot! Obviously, there isn't any air conditioning, so the tour is hot, but it's great that they only allow a set amount into the mansion at a time. The tour guide was lovely, and full of great information about the home and family. It was so interesting to hear... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Although the exterior was under renovation, touring the interior with a sweet, special, knowledgeable guide was an awesome experience.

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washington dc
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

I am all for National Historic Sites, but this is a good example of what should not be one. It is simply a big house from the Gilded Age, with no intrinsic historic or architectural value. Neither its owner nor her heirs had the money to keep it up, so her neighbor FDR suggested that she give it to the... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

A very interesting part of our history. Park Service Guide. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We are going back in the Spring to check out the gardens. Gardens. Garden upkeep maintained by volunteers.

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and very funny. It was very interesting to see how the Vanderbilt's lived and to hear the story about their fortune. Unfortunately it was winter and the gardens were dormant. Would like to visit again in Spring. There is a nice gift store, but no food or beverages. The grounds are beautiful, bring a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I enjoyed each minute I spent here. The house is beautiful and the presentation is immaculate. We're lucky that after Vanderbilt died in 1938 the house lay empty (although full furnished) until FDR purchased it for the park service at the incredible sum of $1. We spent about two and a half hours on the grounds in late December. I... More 

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