Kykuit (The Rockefeller Estate) Tours
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Kykuit (The Rockefeller Estate) may be one of the closest approximations of a royal palace on the U.S. East Coast. This 40-bedroom, six-story manor estate was the main family home for four generations of American royalty, the Rockefellers, before it was handed over to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and opened for public tours in the late 1970s.
Visitors can explore the lookout’s (kykuit is Dutch for lookout) nattily furnished rooms featuring modern and classical sculptures, paintings and ceramics perched atop Hudson Valley walls and overlooking the Hudson River. On clear days, it’s possible to see the skyscrapers of New York City, where the Rockefeller’s fortunes were built, some 30 miles away.
Tours focus heavily on the family and how, when and why certain pieces and facets of the home were acquired or installed. Everywhere you look – in inside Kykuit and in the multiple terraced gardens designed by William Welles Bosworth – the estate oozes with expensive touches. Torch sculptures indicate the main arched entryway under the watchful eye of a perched stone eagle and Greco-Roman fountains and engravings cover the estate with an opulent air. A ‘barn’ houses numerous classic cars and carriages. And, perhaps one of the most popular tour stops the underground tunnels that lead to a private art gallery with works by Picasso, Alexander Calder and Marc Chagall.
All visits are by organized tour departing from the Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor on Route 9 in Sleepy Hollow, NY. It’s possible to take the Metro-North Hudson Line trail to Tarrytown and hail a cab for the short drive to the tour start. Four regular tour options – differing in parts of the estate visited, departure times and admission prices (starting at $25 adults, $23 children ages 3-17), and ranging from one and a half to three hours in length – are available. The home’s open season is from May through November and tours run regularly – the popular ‘Classic Tours’ are held as frequently as nine times daily in the summer. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds, don’t come in October, when the surrounding town of Sleepy Hollow floods with visitors seeking to find the fictional Headless Horsemen.
Address: 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591, USA
Admission: Prices start at $25 adults, $23 children ages 3-17
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Kykuit (The Rockefeller Estate)
Experience the brilliant colors of fall in the Hudson Valley on a fall foliage helicopter tour. Beginning at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains, choose from a three- or six-passenger helicopter, then listen as the pilot narrates the journey over landmarks like Tarrytown Castle and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Select from a 30- or 45-minute flight, the latter featuring views of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Bear Mountain Ski Resort and more. An additional airport fee is due at the time of check-in.
Hover over the flame-red leaves of the Hudson Valley’s fall foliage on a seasonal helicopter tour. Fly over Westchester County landmarks such as the Yonkers Waterfront and Tappan Zee Bridge, or upgrade to include a Bear Mountain flyover. This tour is ideal for fall foliage pilgrims; plus, the a private pilot ensures you'll receive undivided attention.
Autumn in the Hudson Valley is famous for its fall foliage, and the yearly changing of the leaves is a popular overnight trip for locals and travelers alike. But you can actually see the marvelous colors in less than a day with this private helicopter tour, where you're whisked from Manhattan to the Hudson Valley to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the leaves. Along the way, enjoy views of the Hudson River, the Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, Bear Mountain, and more.
Perfect for a romantic date, couples enjoy the beautiful Fall colors of Hudson Valley from the sky. Helicopters lift off from a quiet location at Westchester Airport and in just a few minutes you will find yourself soaring above historic and natural landmarks dressed in fall colors. All tours are personally narrated by friendly and experienced pilots. 30-minute tour includes: Castle-on-Hudson, Kykuit (Rockefeller Estate), Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Indian Point Energy Center, Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, US Military Academy at West Point* and the infamous Sing Sing Prison. Opt for the 45-minute tour to see Dick's Castle, Bannerman Castle and landmarks south of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge: Lyndhurst Mansion and The Palisades. *West Point subject to temporary airspace restrictions
Take in the bright autumn colors of the Hudson Valley on a fall foliage helicopter tour. Conveniently departing from the Midtown Manhattan heliport of your choice, this private 1-hour charter is narrated live by your pilot. After leaving New York City airspace you’ll fly above the historic Hudson River region. Landmarks include: Lyndhurst Mansion, Palisades, Castle-on-Hudson, Kykuit (Rockefeller Estate), Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, Indian Point Energy Center, Harriman State Park, Bear Mountain, US Military Academy at West Point* and the infamous Sing Sing Prison. *West Point subject to temporary airspace restrictions
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What's the best way to experience Kykuit (The Rockefeller Estate)?
The best ways to experience Kykuit (The Rockefeller Estate) are:
- Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Helicopter Tour from Westchester (Shared)
- Private Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Helicopter Tour from Westchester (4-5 People)
- Private Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Helicopter Charter from Manhattan(4-5 People)
- Couple's Private Hudson Valley Fall Foliage Helicopter Tour from Westchester
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