Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Canandaigua

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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  • Nice mansion - interesting piece of history - docent in the house to answer questions. There is only one tram - 7 passengers and it was a very hot/humid day - not great for a very large group of 'olde...  more »
  • With over 200 VOLUNTEERS this place is a historical gardens, events weddings venue... Love the grounds gardens and the cafe was great place to take a break from the heat! We had the chuarrtere platter...  more »
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  • 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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