Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park

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Experience America's Gilded Age at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, a classic example of Beaux-Arts architecture on the banks of the Hudson that offers views of the Catskills and thick forests. On your tour of the opulent interior, you'll see gilded furniture, carved wooden columns, and early 20th-century decor. Leave time to wander through the Italian gardens. The mansion is large, and you'll walk up more than 100 steps as you explore, so wear comfortable shoes. Plan to visit Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site during your Hyde Park vacation using our convenient Hyde Park itinerary planning tool .
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  • As you might expect it is a house filled with artifacts of a different time. They did have the niceties one would expect but they, the Vanderbilts, also showed some caring for the various employees th...  more »
  • Frederick Vanderbilt was an unassuming third generation Vanderbilt (compared for example to his completely ostentatious brother, Cornelius, of Newport RI Breakers fame). Yet this country "cottage" sti...  more »
  • A well-maintained property providing a tangible opportunity to learn about a relevant chapter in American history. Despite all the problems of our modern world, the Mansion is a counterpoint to any argument suggesting more is necessarily better. More can become too much. I came away with a deeper appreciation of democracy, and the social progress that has been achieved (and deserves to be protected).
  • Great experience. Take the tour but don't just pay the $10 per person fee. Buy an annual park pass for $20 and it's good for you and 3 others to get into any National Park for a year.
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