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Worth Checking Out – Hyde Park, New York

June 20, 2010

A little over an hour’s drive away from NYC, along the Hudson River, is the town of Hyde Park.   This town is steeped in American history and offers two national parks along with other wonderful attractions.

One can tour the national park of our twenty-fourth president, Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The park includes his presidential library, his final resting place/tomb and the home where he was born.  Just a short mile hike along a beautiful trail leads you to another national park, Val-Kill.  Val-Kill was the home of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the only national park dedicated to a first lady.

Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Home

Two miles north on Route 9 is the Vanderbilt National Historical Site.  This beaux-art mansion was once the residence of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt.  Besides the beautiful mansion, there is an Italian garden and a gorgeous view of the Hudson River where you can have a picnic or walk along numerous trails inside the park.

Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt’s  Mansion

If you are hungry and looking for a restaurant recommendation for lunch or dinner, then look no further than The Culinary Institute of America also located in Hyde Park.  The Culinary Institute boosts six restaurants on the premises with four requiring reservations.  So, you might want to plan ahead.

Hyde Park is a great day trip for those in the surrounding New York City area.  Step back in time to learn how some of this country’s greatest Americans lived and played; an educational trip both for children and adults.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Art permalink
    June 20, 2010 6:11 PM

    I enjoyed this article and photos – very informative. I did not know that the Culinary Institute was located in Hyde Park.

  2. Michael Berry permalink
    October 24, 2010 11:23 PM

    This looks like such a great day trip! I’m kind of a history nerd, so this sounds like a fabulous.

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