Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

Overview

The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York is perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. The fully-furnished, 54-room mansion is placed in a wondrous landscape with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains. If offers a glimpse into a past world known by only an elite few. Vanderbilt Mansion NHS, in terms of architecture, interiors, mechanical systems, road systems and landscape, is a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, illustrating the political, economic, social, cultural, and demographic changes that occurred as America industrialized in the years after the Civil War. The Frederick W. Vanderbilt Garden Association was formed in 1984 with a mission to restore the Formal Gardens as closely as possible to their appearance in the 1930s. Years and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours later, the garden thrives and the mission remains the same. The gardens and grounds of the Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site are open daily from sunrise to sunset. In addition to tours of the historic house the estate grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset. Visitors may walk the grounds, hike carriage trails, or picnic at the overlook.

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Seasonality / Weather

Depending on the year Spring may arrive by early April in Hyde Park, gardens are in full bloom through May. Summers are generally sunny, warm, and may be humid, Autumn brings the fall foliage and crisp brillant days. Winters are tyically bright and clear with some snow.

Directions

Driving: 

Plane - The closest major airport is Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York (near junction of I-87 and I-84). Several major carriers have daily flights to Stewart. Car rentals are available there.

Vanderbilt Mansion is in the Hudson River Valley in Dutchess County, New York. They are on Route 9 in Hyde Park, about 90 miles north of New York City and 70 miles south of Albany.

The address to use for computer driving instructions is Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, 4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538.

For Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, please use the following coordinates 41.796912 -73.942623 (Vanderbilt Mansion NHS is 2 miles north of the Home of FDR).

For the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill) please use the following coordinates 41.763558 -73.906842 (Val-Kill is 2 miles east of the Home of FDR).

Flying: 

The closest major airport is Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York (near junction of I-87 and I-84). Several major carriers have daily flights to Stewart. Car rentals are available there.

Public Transport: 

he Metro-North Commuter Railroad and Amtrak both stop in Poughkeepsie, about 5 miles south of the park. Call Amtrak 1-800-872-7245 or Metro-North at 800 638-7646 for information. Ground: Taxi service to the park from the Poughkeepsie Train Station is available. Taxi service from other points in the local area is also available.