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“Electric Cart Tour of Olana”

Olana State Historic Site
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Hudson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Our one day available to visit Olana was threatening rain. We'd visited the house years earlier, and loved it, but were very surprised that the house tours were completely booked when we went online several days before our arrival. So instead, we reserved tickets for the electric cart tour of the extensive grounds.

Just as we climbed into the cart with one other couple, the skies opened. The cart was covered on top but open on the sides, so we held our umbrellas horizontally, which helped a bit. The deluge continued for the entire hour of the tour, but John, the driver, was confident and good-humored. It was scary at times to be making turns over muddy, rutted roads abutting cliffs, but we all took it as an adventure. Unfortunately, the fog was heavy and what would have been spectacular views were shrouded.

John kept up very interesting commentary on Frederick Church and his encompassing artistic vision, which made it worthwhile. On a lovely day, this would be a highly recommended, special activity because it brought us into areas of the grounds that tourists would typically miss.

Thank Meander808892
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

It has been seven years since we first toured Olana. Now, in the afternoon, the tours are self-guided, which means you can linger in the rooms, asking questions of the docents as you wish. You are not rushed through, and can revisit rooms to really appreciate the details. AND, you can take photos inside! We brought friends to see this architectural and artistic marvel. The grounds are under improvement, but the house is better than ever.

Thank Jean L
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

We enjoyed the view of the sunset over the Catskills and Hudson River! It was also exciting to view and experience the iconic outdoor sculpture, Penetrable by Soto.

Thank Tara T
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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

The most beautiful site on the river. Great museum tours, spectacular grounds, cute gift shop. Well-managed, manicured even.
One of the great spots to visit on the Hudson.

Thank guyc236
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Excellent tours a wonderful historic site! Our guide Was very knowledgeable on the Hudson school art. The history of the life of Frederick Church and his family. The house is not what We expected a delightful discovery

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