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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Cooler in the hills

Great day to take a tour inside a unique home with interesting history, legendary art and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tom M
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Chestertown, Maryland
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See this after visiting Thomas Cole House (Cedar Grove)

After visiting the Thomas Cole house and crossing over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge by foot. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
lyso
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New York
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Hudson River School painter Frederic E. Church designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate, as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Olana, a National Historic Landmark, is an icon of naturalistic landscape design, with five miles of carriage roads and a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic views of the vast Hudson River Valley. Today, visitors can experience an array of activities, from meandering through the 250 acre artist designed landscape, to taking a tour of the house and surrounding landscape, to viewing the changing exhibitions both in the main house and a gallery devoted to contemporary photography. They can see a 17 minute award-winning video on the property and a permanent orientation exhibit. They can also participate in a variety of educational programs in the Wagon House Education Center, including a free backpack program that includes a variety of projects for children.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great day to take a tour inside a unique home with interesting history, legendary art and stupendous views. Too hot to write (100+) but will say, if one has the least bit of interest in American art, a stop here is imperative. If you're going...More

Thank Tom M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting the Thomas Cole house and crossing over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge by foot. I managed to find the North Road entrance (pedestrian access only), make a right at the fork and walk over to the visitors center. There are miles of trail...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It had been more than 25 years since we had been to Olana. The house and grounds are as magnificent as we remembered. Even better, more of the house is open to the public than was true 25+ years ago. Our tour guide knew her...More

Thank Mark M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must see mansion on the Hudson River located in Hudson NY. The exterior has been lovingly restored and the interior is virtually untouched since it was built in near pristine condition. Fully furnished with all original furnishings and art work. A long and very...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I brought my grandchildren here for a historical visit. They were amazed how evrrything, including the house was well kept, as well as the history behind it. This is a nice place to come to, no matter how old or young you are

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and gardens. Glad we had a chance to visit. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions. Nice ride from on Hyde Ozark through the countryside.

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Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

We drove an hour to get here from Lenox and were hoping it would be worth it. It totally was. You have to reserve a time, but I think you can risk it and get lucky if people with reservations don’t show up. The tour...More

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

Despite summer landscaping projects, the visit was all we hoped for with a docent in every room overflowing with relevant history and details. The landscape tour was equally rewarding and addressed the property landscape, and the neighboring areas seen from the hilltop. We accidentally timed...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

My husband and I recently got married in the Hudson Valley and had the opportunity to visit Olana with some of our family and friends. Olana is truly awe inspiring! We would highly recommend anyone visiting the Hudson Valley to stop and see Olana's stunning...More

Thank Amy B
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Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Our docent, Dave, was quite knowledgeable about each artifact, Church, his family, and his contemporaries. Olana is a unique part of our history. We toured the main floor, but it is too early (and rainy) to tour the grounds. We'll definitely go back when the...More

Thank Michelle B
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RosalindaG
30 October 2016|
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Response from EZReader | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can visit the grounds without booking a tour. The grounds are lovely.
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JTayj
27 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
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Caroline R
16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes
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