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Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site

Overlooking the Hudson River, the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site is the birthplace, lifelong home, and final resting place of the 32nd president, FDR. The site comprises the two-story, Federal-style Springwood estate, numerous historic outbuildings, and the presidential library and museum.

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The grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.
4097 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, New York, 12538

The basics

FDR’s home, Springwood, can only be visited on a guided tour. Start at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center with a 22-minute film on the estate’s history. The tour covers the Entrance Hall, Living Room, Library, Music Room, and several bedrooms. The interior of the house has remained largely as it was during FDR’s lifetime. The grounds, including the Rose Garden, where FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt are buried, plus miles of walking trails, can be explored on a self-guided tour.

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Things to know before you go

  • Ticket options include admission to just the home or a combo ticket that includes the presidential library and museum.
  • Admission is free for children aged 15 and under.
  • Photos are permitted inside the home, but flash and selfie sticks are not.
  • Dress for the weather to fully enjoy the grounds.
  • The site is wheelchair accessible.
  • The on-site cafeteria is only open from April to October.
  • Pets are allowed on the grounds, but must be leashed at all times.
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How to get there

The site is located in Hyde Park, around 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) north of Poughkeepsie. Take the train (Metro-North Railroad’s Hudson Line from Grand Central Station or Amtrak from a number of cities) to Poughkeepsie, then take a taxi, rideshare, or the Dutchess Bus Service Route C. There’s free parking on-site.

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When to get there

Tours of the house take around an hour, and are available four times daily, with holiday closures for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Tours can sell out in high season (July, August, October), so plan your visit earlier in the day to guarantee a slot. The grounds and gardens are open from sunrise to sunset. During the winter, the site may be closed due to inclement weather.

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Top Cottage

Located a few miles east of Springwood, Top Cottage is a Dutch-style stone cottage that was built as a retreat for FDR, who used it for entertaining and for official meetings that required more privacy. It’s part of the historic site but requires a separate admission fee. It’s open to visitors from May to October.

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