Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Canandaigua

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Must see · State Park · Garden
Spread out across more than 20 ha (50 acres) of lakeside property and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of the most well-preserved Victorian estates in the United States. You can visit the house, finished in 1887, and explore the 40 different rooms used by the Thompson family, the original owners. Continue to the gardens, featuring plants from Japan and Italy and a rose collection. Be sure to join a guided tour of the grounds, included in the price of admission, to learn more about the mansion's history. Use our Canandaigua trip planning site to visit Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park on your trip to Canandaigua, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Make no mistake - it was hot! Nevertheless we had a great time exploring the house and gardens. Definitely worth the price of admission. We even brought a picnic and ate down by the pond. Docents....  more »
  • The grounds were striking and the mansion breathtaking and very historical. We spent many hours just enjoying the atmosphere.  more »
  • It's a nice place to sample some wine and then walk around. The mansion is fun to tour. The grounds are a bit run down but some areas are beautiful like the Japanese garden. We also enjoyed the rock garden. I do think the admission price of $15 per person is really steep so for that reason I probably wouldn't go back, but it was a nice afternoon anyway. If I could give 3 1/2 stars I think that would be more accurate.
  • GREAT place to visit. The gardens and mansion are very nice. The non-profit that runs this (and pays all the bills) has done a wonderful job bringing it back from neglect by the state. The gardens are terrific and the mansion was an unexpected bonus. The gentlemen that drive the golf carts are really nice and very knowledgeable about Sonnenberg. Everyone working were volunteers. Wonderful experience at a fair price.

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