The Hudson Valley provides a spectacular array of sights and activities for everyone to enjoy. In particular, Hyde Park offers an insightful glimpse into American history, with mansions and estates revealing life as it was lived in the past. In addition, the region's many nature trails, wineries, antique shops, movie theaters (including a drive-in theater next door) and restaurants can all be found nearby.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Home, Library, and Museum
Though Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945) was elected president for four terms, his true home was not the White House, but his vast estate in Hyde Park. Springwood, as it was known, was his birthplace and lifelong retreat from the pressures of being a world leader. Situated on a grassy hill overlooking the Hudson River, the FDR estate is the final resting place of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Tours of his childhood home are given daily, and archives of his presidency are housed in the museum and library.
Located directly across the street
A splendid example of Gilded Age opulence, the Vanderbilt home was bought in 1895 by Frederick Vanderbilt as a 600-acre country estate overlooking the Hudson River. Used as a spring and autumn residence, the Vanderbilt family used their own New York Central Railroad to travel to their Hudson Valley home. The fifty-four room Beaux-Arts mansion is luxuriously appointed with original furnishings and decor, providing an intimate look into the lifestyle of one of America's richest families.
Located 2 miles North
Eleanor Roosevelt's Cottage at Val-Kill
Val-Kill (Dutch for "Fall Stream") was Eleanor Roosevelt's private residence where she often brought friends for social and political visits. After FDR's death, Eleanor (1884–1962) made Val-Kill her home for seventeen years. The humble cottages amid the rolling hills were a gift from her husband, and Eleanor used the estate as a base from which she traveled and continued her important political work until her death.
Located 1.5 miles away, accessible via nature trail from Golden Manor
Culinary Institute of America
The CIA is the premier culinary arts school in America, offering courses to more than eight thousand students in a variety of programs. The Hyde Park campus maintains award-winning restaurants, including the American Bounty, Bocuse, Caterina de' Medici, and St. Andrew's Cafe. Tours and shops are available to visitors of the school, which is located along the Hudson River.
Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and in the fall. Call (845) 471-6608 for more information.
Located 1 mile South