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“Stately Elegance and Beauty”

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Canandaigua
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Sonnenberg Gardens is a historic estate showcasing nine formal gardens, an antique greenhouse complex, and a Victorian mansion. Sonnenberg also features a gift shop, the Finger Lakes Wine Center, and wedding/reception rental facilities.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Olathe, Kansas
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Stately Elegance and Beauty”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The winding drive leading up to the home is quite impressive and frames it beautifully. The Thompson family built a beautiful home that they used as a summer retreat. The interior architecture is fabulous especially the Great Hall, Upper Gallery and the Library. The patio off the dining room must have been fabulous in its day. A lot of work is being done by volunteer staff and they do a good job with limited funding. The Italian garden, Blue and White garden, Pansy Garden and Japanese garden are especially pretty. Some structures like the Roman Bath are in severe decay but you get an idea of its original glory. It was a pleasant visit and the staff were quite friendly and cared about the home and gardens.

Visited June 2014
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Altoona, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fun to Visit”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Not expensive but do not miss if in the Canandaigua area. The Mansion is worth the trip anytime of the year but visiting the garden is better in certain seasons. We were there in the summer(not crowded) and it was beautiful. We were told the Mansion should also be seen at Christmas time but winter travel can be tough.Allow one to two hours but do not miss this unknown delight.

Visited August 2013
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Syracuse, New York
Level 6 Contributor
273 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Just OK”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

I would not go out of my way to see this garden. If you are already in the area it might be worth your time but it does not compare in size or quality to other gardens.

Visited June 2014
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Clinton, New York
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“beautiful”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

beautiful place to enjoy...serene tranquil.....more people should go...just so beautiful.....we spent the entire afternoon there....truly a wonderful place to go and spend a day

Visited July 2014
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Hamburg, New York
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful gardens”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Loved the house and gardens. We were there on Father's Day and they hosted an antique card show. Very nice day!

Visited June 2014
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