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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  • 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 »
  • A super way to finish a long weekend. Tickets must be reserved online, in advance, and then presented to the welcome center. The center opens at 9am (for bathrooms) but the park rangers do not... 
    A super way to finish a long weekend. Tickets must be reserved online, in advance, and then presented to the welcome center. The center opens at 9am (for bathrooms) but the park rangers do not...  more »
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  • Museum itself was awesome. However if you are on the Passport Program like we are, forget about getting your Passport Stamped. They have no one there that can do it. They only have security personal on staff. I found that quite odd as we visited both the Nixon and Reagan Libraries in October 2021 and they were fully staffed. When we showed the guard our "Passports" and membership cards, he had no idea what they were. Also make sure you purchase your tickets online and try to do it several days in advance. Unlike other libraries that are a little speedier with ticket confirmations, for some reason, it takes a day or so for you to get your tickets. I don't recall that being the case at other libraries. As for the Museum, it was extremely informative and chock full of information on FDR's tenure during the Great Depression and World War II. I was truly amazed at everything he accomplished despite his personal health struggles. My favorite part of the museum was where he worked. This was the first of the Presidential Libraries and it was a place FDR sometimes worked while he was in office. Unfortunately we didn't get to see his home because of a snafu on ticketing on our part. Perhaps on another visit. It is worth the visiting!
  • What a gem on the Hudson. Amazing library and museum. Beautiful and sprawling grounds and parkland. Great place for a family and accommodating to all. National parks service does a wonderful job maintaining the space and grounds and has the most pleasant staff of humans working there. Great gift shop. The home is pristine and a glimpse into the historic Roosevelt family. We had a wonderful time. Would definitely go back. Stroller friendly except the home (for damage) but the home is of course wheelchair frienldy, just to clear up any confusion.

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