Hyde Park Travel Guide

  • FDR & Eleanor
    FDR & Eleanor
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  • Eleanor's home
    Eleanor's home
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  • Childhood home and residence of FDR
    Childhood home and residence of FDR
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Hyde Park Things to Do

  • See Val-Kill Cottage Eleanor Roosevelt's...

    Val-Kill is the only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady. A guided tour is given at this home. It is depicted almost down to the detail of the way it was when Eleanor Roosevelt called this place home. There is a very good movie to see before the tour. On the back side of the house there is a nice garden.

  • CIA

    The Culinary Institute of America's campus in Hyde Park is the most prestigeous culinary center in the country. There are more than 125 instructors from 16 countries, including the most American Culinary Federation-Certified Master Chefs in all of culinary education. 41 outstanding kitchens and bakeshops, five public restaurants, a comprehensive...

  • Vanderbilt Mansion

    Architecturally the Vanderbilt Mansion's 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. We toured the...

  • ValKill Eleanor Roosevelt's National...

    The only National Historic Site dedicated to a First Lady, Val-Kill welcomes you as Mrs. Roosevelt welcomed her many guests. We saw a :16 introductory film "Close to Home" then our guide brought us through the first floor of Mrs. Roosevelt's Val-Kill Cottage. We enjoyed the small gift shop, gardens, stream and grounds on the site. We left with an...

  • FDR Presidential Library & Museum

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library & Museum is home to many displays on the life and times of our longest serving President and his wife. The displays range from his oval office desk to his private study with many memories of events that shaped the world during his lifetime.If you go downstairs, they have the vehicle he drove with hand levers and...

  • CIA - Culinary Institute of America

    The Culinary Institute of America is a not-for-profit college dedicated to the culinary arts. The campus is located in Hyde Park, NY, right on the main highway - Route 9. You can tour the campus and can also have dinner there. The college operates four student-staffed restaurants on the campus, for which reservations are recommended: American...

  • FDR Museum & Library

    The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library is the first of the presidential libraries and was built in 1939-1940 to house the vast quantity of historical papers, books, and memorabilia the President had accumulated during a lifetime of public service and private collecting.The Library contains papers from all of Roosevelt's political offices, New York state...

  • FDR Presidential Library

    The admission to the Presidential library is included in the $14 admission charge for the guided tour of the house.

  • FDR Burial Site

    There is no charge to walk on the grounds and see the burial site. There is a small rose garden in this area. It's quite peaceful and well maintained.

  • Tour Springwood the FDR Home in Hyde...

    Tours begin at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. There is a great deal to see even in here. There is a 1/4 mile walk from the Center to the FDR home so be prepared for a walk. The grounds, rose garden and burial site are are free and cost for the tickets for admission to the home is $14 and is good for two days. We used our Golden...

  • Tour the Vanderbilt Mansion

    It's very easy to locate the Vanderbilt mansion on Route 9. They have plenty of good parking and a visitor's center where the tours can be bought. We were able to get right in with a tour that was ready to start. I didn't take any pictures inside the house. The house and gardens are really a tribute to an era rather than a person or family. It...

  • The Gardens at the Vanderbilt Mansion

    The Vanderbilt Mansion is a National Historic Site. We were able to use our Golden Pass aka Interagency Senior Pass to get in so there was no charge for us. The fee is $8 for an adult. No charge for age 15 and under. The Vanderbilt Mansion is an example of the Gilded-Age country place. It displays all the features of the economic, cultural, and...

  • Vanderbilt National Historic Site

    Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site is like visiting the American Versailles– the Gilded Age "country place" Built by McKim, Mead and White for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt for their fall and spring country place. The Vanderbilt’s lived in Newport, Rhode Island in the Summer and New York City in the Winter. This place in Hyde Park was the...


    The Saint James Church was built in 1811 after many years of planning. Planning began in 1770 when Dr. John Bard acquired some land. The first of the buildings built was made of brick and stone with a stucco finish. When structural faults were found with the building in 1839 it was torn down and a new building built in its place in 1844.


    The Hyde Park Railroad Station can be found at the bottom of River Road in Hyde Park in the area known as Riverside Park. The original station was built at this location around 1851. It was torn down and replaced by the current buildin gin 1914. The last regularly-scheduled New York Central passenger train stopped here in 1958. The Hudson Valley...


    In 1895, Mr. and Mrs. Mills hired architects of McKim, Mead and White a prestigious New York City architectural firm to remodel and enlarge their Staatsburg home. When it was completed in 1896 the mansion contained 65 rooms and 14 bathrooms. The mansion is known as a Beaux Arts mansion. Its exterior is embellished with balustrades, pilasters,...


    This absolutely beautiful mansion was once the vacation home of the wealthiest man in the country. Charles Follen Mckim designed this 50-room home during the late 19th century. The idea behind the design was to mimic an ancestral home of noble European lineage. The home was built with a steel and cooncretes supports and an Indian limestone face. At...

  • The Culinary Institute Of America

    This is one of pre-emminent schools of the Culinary Arts in America. Visitors may take one of several tours offered or try the food at one of the many restaurants on the campus. Note: Reservations for some are highly reccommended.


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Hyde Park Restaurants

  • Fresh Ingredients & Better than most

    We were surprised to find such a fun, colorful, reasonable & delicious Mexican here. The parking lot was packed, the restaurant was full and each table looked like they were having a great food with lots of wonderful platters. Zagat awards & NYTimes reviews filled the entry. Our waitress was very accomodating and our food came out very quickly to...

  • Blast from the past

    The Eveready Diner was a great find while driving along Rte 9 in Hyde Park. With a juke box, counter service and great food, this was like stepping into the Twilight Zone. Good food meets Happy Days. :-)The menu has a great many choices to satisfy just about everyone. The prices are reasonable, the service was good, the portions are generous and...

  • Great food at the CIA

    This restaurant is located on the campus of the Culinary Institute and is staffed by students of the college. The building itself was very nicely done. The colors, furniture and design touches would give you the feeling of eating in a Tuscan Restaurant.The service was prompt and attentive. The menu offers a wide variety of italian fare from simple...


    I have to say, that I've been here a handful of times and each time the experience has been very different. It really depends on what you order and when you order it. Sometimes the food is absolutely outstanding and other times it isn't worth the gum stuck under the table top. Guy Fieri of Food Networks Diners Drive Ins and Dives featured this...


    The good thing about this place is that they are quick and only about a block away. I mostly get the sweet and sour chicken with fried rice and a cup of sweet and sour soup. Once I tried their boneless spare ribs but they were really gross. The woman who works the counter knows me and as soon as I walk in she greets me with your boss' food is...


    I have an unfair advantage when it comes to Angelina's. This great little Italian place caters the food for the homeless shelter I work for. So I have gotten to sample just about everything they have to offer on the menu from seafood to pasta to soups and salads to dessert. I have to admit that I love their penne with broccoli and their spaghetti...


    My boss and I order lunch from Cocoa's at least once a week for two reasons, 1. the food is very good and 2. they deliver. Cocoa's has excellent lunch specials every day which are not only tasty, but very economical. One of my favorite lunch menu items is their turkey dinner. The dinner comes complete with real turkey, not that turkey loaf crap a...


    Pete's used to cater the food for the homeless shelter I work for. The key word here is used to. After a couple of years, the overall quality of the food provided went into the gutter. The delivery guy, George, was also very pleasant and nice. There wasn't a day that he didn't peek into my office and say hello. The rest of the staff left a little...

  • What a "Real" Diner should be....

    We knew we were getting close to the Diner when we saw the neon glow of the sign. We pulled into the parking lot and saw the glow of the diner. The diner looks like a 1950’s retro diner. We walked inside and were surprised at the large interior. There were three sections of seating and a bakery area. We were seated immediately at a nice booth at...


Hyde Park Transportation

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    by Herkbert Written Jul 23, 2009

    While you can get to Hyde Park by various means, you really do need a car to get around and see the sights. The area is not compact so you will definitely not be able to see everything if you traveled here by bus or train.

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Hyde Park Off The Beaten Path

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    by Easty Written Oct 5, 2002

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    The Gardens at Roosevelt Mansion. It has a brillant collection of flowers with many roses. It is a must see.

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  • Visit the Vanderbuilt Mansion....

    Visit the Vanderbuilt Mansion. The estate is fascinatingly large. The mansion is built out of stone and is definitely worth a look see. The grounds are magnificent. The estate is large. It extends from the banks of the Hudson River up to Albany Post Road (US 9). On a clear day, you can see the magnificent Catskill Mountains. I also loved the huge...

  • See these three very different...

    See these three very different homes. The Vanderbilt mansion, one of the smaller Vanderbilt properties at only 54 rooms, and the only one maintained by the National Park Service, has to be seen to be believed. Each room belongs to a different period: the Spanish Renaissance, French Empire, French Rococo, etc. The craftwork is impressive, but it is...

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