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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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Despite the ongoing renovations, this is worth a visit

First of all, the grounds are worth a trip on its own. And it is free to visit. The Mansion however requires a ticket (with an over 62 National Park pass it is free). The tour of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Poughkeepsie, New York

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Groton, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The grounds are beautiful but don't tour the house. We had to wait a half hour to tour of the mansion ($10.00) which consisted of self tour of the rooms and an interesting talk about Frederick Vanderbilt, his wife Louise and their legacy. It was lovely Spring day but it was extremely warm and dark inside (no air conditioning in... More 

Thank Elida G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is great the mansion has received funds for a large refurbishment project. However, there is really not much to see and they don't tell you before you buy the tickets that you will only see a home with furniture pushed to the middle of the rooms with tarps over them. It was nice to hear the history, but come... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, the grounds are worth a trip on its own. And it is free to visit. The Mansion however requires a ticket (with an over 62 National Park pass it is free). The tour of the mansion is worth it, although it will be even better, if you can re-visit in a few months when the renovations will... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this site on April , 2017 and loved walking the grounds. The trees and views of the Hudson are magnificent. Access to the mansion is limited to tours for which you must sign up, and they limit the number of people in each group.

Thank John R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited on a sunny Sunday, which was perfect for walking all the trails. Although there were many people there, it didn't seem crowded because of space. Buildings are being nicely restored. Spring and early summer will be beautiful when the many plants and flowers will be in bloom.

Thank Debra S
Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a very good and entertaining tour guide here and did enjoy the tour (1-1:30hrs) - but the site is under construction currently and there is really not much to see, especially on the upper floor (no access to any rooms). There is furniture standing all over the place or covered in corners. You can peek into most rooms... More 

Thank Ange516
Albany, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful peek at how the upper class lived in the gilded age. Unfortunately, renovations were under way, so some of the rooms could not be seen.

Thank Mike C
Allentown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017

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 

Thank Doremi9642
Albany, New York
1 review
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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.

Thank jmjcampbell2017
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Reviewed 25 February 2017

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.

Thank Kim M

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