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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  • Because of the pandemic, the mansion is closed to the public BUT the entire grounds are open (free) to the public. We visited on a clear, sunshiny day and there were plenty of people; however...  more »
  • I'm an Atlas Obscura junkie, and this was on the list. I had to see it for this: Described by Franklin D. roosevelt as “a hideous albatross in the Hudson River Valley,” the Vanderbilt Mansion in...  more »
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  • This is the perfect place to relax. The mansion and grounds both hold their own beauty. If you want a place for yourself to enjoy or family and friends this is it. Great views of the river, gorgeous Italian Gardens, and lush green grass that never seems to end. Pack some food and head there for the day to escape the busy life we all live.
  • Where the Vanderbilt couple (yes, only two people for the mansion) spent Spring and Fall. A vivid example of how new money was spent in Gilded Age, gorgeous ground, architecture and furnishing. Well or poorly spent? The vintage Steinway grand piano was made in NYC, shipped to France for hand painting, and transported back to Hyde Park. The most beautiful I've seen. Our park ranger is great, interesting and vibrant, bringing the period to life.

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