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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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Felt like we were participating in history. One could almost feel his presence as everything was pretty much left a it was when he passed. Although from a family of means, one can feel his humility. Very grateful for the opportunity to see how this...More
I went to the FDR site early on a Sunday morning and was able to get a ticket on the next tour. You buy tickets at the Visitor Center where the tour departs. The tour group walked to the mansion, which is .25 mikes away...More
Of all the homes I visited in this area, this is the one I felt was lacking. We felt very rushed with this tour. We were told about things in each room before we saw the room. So by time you saw the room rooms...More
We spent the day here and at the library and at ValKill and there still is so much we could have seen. I recommend these sites to all Americans....it is critical to remember who we are and what our history is. The Roosevelts were quite...More
Sorry to say that the home needs a lot of repair. Not one of the beautiful mansions but recommend you tour it based on the history of the house. Not a happy place and reflects that. Eleanor was very unhappy here - understandably. Views and...More
You can not buy tour tickets ahead of time. Doors open at 8:45 am and it is first come, first serve for tour tickets. We arrived on a Sunday morning at 8:50 am and were on the first tour at 9:30. We had time to...More
My family went to FDR home/museum right when it opened (9 am) and got on the 9:30 tour for the home. The Ranger advised that the Val-Kill tour is actually the toughest to get because of limited group size, so if I had called... More
My family went to FDR home/museum right when it opened (9 am) and got on the 9:30 tour for the home. The Ranger advised that the Val-Kill tour is actually the toughest to get because of limited group size, so if I had called in advance she would have recommended we start there. But we did the FDR home because we were already there. (Keep in mind all this stuff is within a couple quick miles of each other.) We then headed to Val-Kill to secure our tour ticket thinking we could return later if we didn't make it onto the next possible tour, but it worked out that there was a spot for us (I think it was an 11:30 tour if I remember correctly) and we had time to wander the grounds and look through the little museum before it started. We then went to the Vanderbilt Mansion and were able to get a 1:30 tour there, and we walked the grounds and saw the gardens after the tour. We grabbed a (very) late lunch after that in town. At the end of the day we headed back to the FDR Museum as it stays open the longest (6 pm) and spent about 2 hours in the museum. We did not do a Top Cottage tour but if I had known all the tour times and such in advance and been more strategic, I bet it would be possible. So, yes, if you are motivated and have decent stamina, you can do it in a long and busy day. No regrets for my family of 5 with 3 school age kids. If you don't want to stress or hurry around at all and it is important to you to see it all, an overnight stay would be a good insurance policy that you will be able to enjoy it all. I felt like I really did get the complete experience at all the national park service sites. Being a major nerd though, I probably personally would have lingered a bit longer reading things in the museum. It's just really well done and fascinating. A big history buff/FDR fan could probably spend the better part of a day in just the museum alone. A normal person who understands the strategic value of caffeine can do it in a day.