Plan Your Visit
There is so much to see and do in historic Hyde Park that you should plan to spend a whole day at the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt National Historic Sites or you may wish to stay a day more and enjoy the restaurants, historic sites and cultural activities offered by the area's communities.
The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site contains "Springwood", the lifelong home of America's only 4-term President. Also on the site is the Presidential Library and Museum, operated by the National Archives. Visitors may enjoy a guided tour of FDR's home, take a self-guided tour of the Museum and stroll the grounds, gardens, and trails of this 300-acre site. Start your visit at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center and see the introductory film and arrange for self guided tours of the Presidential Library and Museum and Ranger-led tours of the historic home. We recommend you plan a minimum of two and one half hours to visit.
Also available, FDR's Top Cottage retreat the place he built in 1938 to, "escape the mob" at Springwood. He also brought close friends and political allies here to discuss the state of the world or to simply relax. Designed by FDR to emulate the Dutch colonial architecture found throughout the Hudson River Valley, the structure was planned with accessibility in mind to accommodate his wheelchair and give him greater independence. Tours depart by shuttle from the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center. This is a two hour experience.
Did You Know?
Eleanor Roosevelt, along with Louis Howe, was instrumental in getting FDR back into politics after he contracted polio in 1921.