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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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Lovely Activity while visiting Rhinebeck NY

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... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reviewed 4 January 2017

tour guide was wonderful. visit was beautiful and I can see it being even more beautiful on a sunny spring or fall day.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

Although a somewhat 'smaller' home than some of the larger Vanderbilt mansions (this is a summer home), this one is a must see. The home is filled with its original furnishings which adds to the awesomeness of this place. Tour guide was very informative and if you hold a National Parks membership, this tour is included. You can also purchase... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

We visited the Vanderbilt Mansion on a rainy day in October. The guide that we had was very good which kept the tour interesting. We have visited several other Vanderbilt mansions throughout the country and this is one of the smaller and least extravagant. That being said, what one was able to see on the tour was very enjoyable and... More 

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