Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park

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Get an intimate glimpse into the life of FDR at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, which has remained almost entirely unchanged since the president's death in 1945. This estate encompasses stables, icehouses, a walking trail, gardens, and the graves of both Franklin and his wife, Eleanor. The home, built in 1826, was established as a National Historic Site in 1945. Walk the halls where this figure was born and spent a majority of his time. The home is a popular destination, so be sure to reserve tickets for a one-hour ranger-guided tour first, then spend time in the visitor center while you wait for your tour time. Add Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt to your Hyde Park travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Hyde Park sightseeing planner.
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  • Learned a lot about the private side as well as the public side of FDR through the visitor center and tour guide. The Mansion while fairly sizable, was fairly plain, simple and functional. Worth it... 
    Learned a lot about the private side as well as the public side of FDR through the visitor center and tour guide. The Mansion while fairly sizable, was fairly plain, simple and functional. Worth it...  more »
  • The Park Service did a nice job of making FDR's home available for a tour. The volunteer Park Service guide spoke to us for a bit in the Visitor's Center first giving us some of the FDR family... 
    The Park Service did a nice job of making FDR's home available for a tour. The volunteer Park Service guide spoke to us for a bit in the Visitor's Center first giving us some of the FDR family...  more »
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  • My husband and I visited this week since this was on his bucket list. For a president who was handicapped this historic site was not very accessible to people who have physical challenges. My husband attempted and made it only to the presidential library. We watched the park ranger oversee a few men dig a hole. He never said a word as my husband struggled to walk. However on the bright side everyone should visit Eleanor's home. The park rangers there were wonderful. Wendy immediately noticed my husband's struggle to walk. She was patient, kind, and thoughtful. The ranger inside the home spent time talking history with my husband. Give these guys a raise. Great government employees. Hopefully someone will take notice and make a few changes.
  • Lots of really interesting info on the presidency of FDR and the era when he was President. The tour is self guided and is the lowest cost tour in this area, except for the free hiking/walking areas. It is a lot of reading and a little walking, so be prepared. The security people here are professional and friendly, really representing the facility and government well. We had a great conversation with the person on duty at the entrance to the tour. The gardens are small compared with other area locations but are well kept and beautiful.

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