Information For Visiting the Garden

The formal gardens at the Vanderbilt National Historic Site are part of the grounds and are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. There is no fee for visiting the grounds of the estate or the gardens. Parking is also free and is located near the Visitors Center. Handicap parking is also available by permit.


The grounds and gardens are under the control of the National Park Service. Dogs on leashes are allowed. Picnics are also permitted, but no fires. No weddings or wedding pictures are permitted. Other special uses, such as engagement pictures are possible by special permit. Contact the National Park Service for more information.

Travel Directions

Detailed directions for locating the Vanderbilt National Historic Site can be found at the National Park Service web site. The garden is located approximately 750 yards south of the mansion. A pathway leads from the mansion to the walled garden.


Click here for directions via Google Maps.

Garden Tours

Garden greeters are available every weekend from the late spring through the early fall. They answer questions and provide basic information about the garden and the estate.


Trained interpreters are available for in-depth tours every third Sunday from May through October. Private tours can be arranged in advance. There is no charge for tours, but a donation to support the garden is highly encouraged. Click here to arrange guided tour of the garden.

Locations of Interest near Site

There are many other locations of interest in and around Hyde Park. In addition to the Vanderbilt National Historic Site, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Home and Presidential Library and the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site are also located in Hyde Park. Dutchess County also features everything from fine dining to regional theater and sports venues. See Dutchess County Tourism for more information.


The Walkway Over the Hudson is the longest and highest pedestrian walkway in the world. It is a converted railroad bridge that is now a state park and offers a panoramic view of the Hudson Valley. The bridge is located approximately 6 miles south of the Vanderbilt National Historic Site.


If you are visiting for the day, Hyde Park features numerous excellent restaurants ranging from light lunch fare to the world famous, Culinary Institute of America. Please see Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce for suggestions for food and lodging while in the area.


Many other businesses and areas of interest throughout the Hudson Valley can be found through the Hudson Valley Sojourner web site.


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