Looking to bring a group of high school students to the grounds in April. How much time should be allotted for our visit? Thanks.
What a great place for a high school class trip!
Plan on at least 6 hours:
--1/2 hour for the introductory video in the visitors center,
--1 hour total for walking the grounds and for photos at the sculpture of Eleanor and Franklin (outside of the visitors center),
--1 hour for the house tour,
--At least 2 hours for the presidential library (including the exhibit about Eleanor and the film about the 7 Freedoms, both of which are in the basement),
--3/4 hour for lunch (can brown-bag it, as there are picnic tables on the grounds), and
--3/4 hour for the gift shop--it's a really good one, worth visiting.
Agreed with steven72974 above - the house tour is about an hour & I would figure about 2-3 hours for the museum. It depends how much you read & how in depth you want to go at the museum. We did not do anything else (like the walks) while there. I have heard good things about Eleanor's place as well. For high-school students some more walking & less time in the museum might be better.
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The house is around 1 hr tour guide. It's fast because you have to follow a tour guide to enter/exit the house. The museum/library is a self tour. Depends on how long you wanna spend time in there. It has a 1st fl & basement. Very big. Lots to read & several short history filming. There's also a FDR hiking trail. Not alot of people know about it. Ask the rangers at visitor center about that.
At least 3 hrs. for the house & museum.
I presume the professional Rangers can best advise on that. The tour starts in the Visitors Center, then the house, so maybe a good hour - plus time for questions. The Library is also open - which is good for HS students to at least see, plus the gravesite, so the whole FDR site deserves time to tour and reflect/discuss. Check quiet Hudson River overlook.
I would say 2-3 hours as well. It will depend on how much time you spend in the Museum/library.
For just the house tour we allotted two hours and that was plenty of time for three of us but there are nice views outside and gardens you might want to look at and take pictures so you should add another hour. There is a very nice museum on the grounds as well and if you go there give yourself another two hours at least. You could definitely spend way more time in the museum if you watch every video in full but it is well worth it.
The house tour. led by a docent, is about an hour. Depending on your focus with students, the Presidential Library, self guided, is another hour and then you have the grounds. I'd say 3 hours, or so.
If you are also touring the house, at least 3 hours. Grounds only, I would say 2 hours
There is a lot to see. It depends on the age of the pupils. Taught 16 to 18 year olds and for this age group I would allow at least 4 hours
Probably a half day for the whole thing. Some background for the students will make it much more meaningful. Something about the times....transportation, communications, etc. The war....isolationism, engagement, Churchill, the role of the first lady. Loads of material here. Wonderfully engaging place.
The house alone is a guided tour. You need to pay. I suggest you go online and call them. My tour was well over an hour. You need to preschedule the house tour. You will need additional time to visit the library and museum. I believe that is free of charge. The Vanderbilt House is close by. I did not see that. Perhaps, you can fit that into your agenda.
I would give it at least a half day, if not longer. There is the house where the President lived and worked, a wonderful museum, a barn, and a visitor center. Make sure your students are somewhat prepared with the history of the time that Roosevelt was president. He was an extraordinary person and leader and very conscious of his handicap. He also helped plant many of the trees that line the lane where he drove his car. Make sure you see the car in the museum that was specially equipped for him to drive.
The actual guided tour of the big house is about an hour, but there is lots of walking that could be interesting depending how prepared your group is-- You could walk up to Eleanor's place or drive. We drove, then spent another hour there, but one of the best parts was walking then up to FDR's little cottage through woods and beautiful stone walls, which took about 45 mins. So it depends on if they like to walk, and if they are primed, so there fore interested in all the different pieces.
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