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Historic Home • Park
Take a walk back through American history to an age when the country’s wealthiest families enjoyed summers on the Hudson in absolute splendor. This is what awaits visitors to the Vanderbilt Mansion in tony Hyde Park, NY, one of the biggest attractions in the Hudson Valley.
Built for Cornelius Vanderbilt's grandson Fredrick in 1898, Vanderbilt Mansion is a striking example of life in the Gilded Age. The house is lavishly furnished and full of paintings and conveys the wealth and privilege of one of American’s business magnates of the time and one of the state’s most prominent families. The mansion is open year-round for guided tours where visitors can get a glimpse of its gorgeous architecture and rich history. Located in Hyde Park, the grounds offer excellent views of the Hudson River and encompass lovely Italian gardens.
It's one of the Vanderbilts smaller mansions with only 54 rooms.
This tour is free if you have the National Parks Annual Pass.
We suggest the first tour in the morning on warm summer days as there is no air conditioning in the mansion.
Painters set up here at sunset to paint the scenic Hudson Valley
Pack a picnic and frisbee and spend the afternoon on the grounds after your tour.
The gardens are something to behold in Spring.