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Olana State Historic Site

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Amazing views of the Hudson River

The grounds of Olana have sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west and surrounding valley to... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Dallas, Texas

Once you have experienced the sweeping vistas from Olona, you will no longer wonder what so... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2018
Albany, 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...more
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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Reviewed 24 October 2018

The grounds of Olana have sweeping views of the Hudson River to the west and surrounding valley to the east. The 1 1/2 hour guided electric cart tour of the grounds was a lovely way to experience the property and learn the history of Fredrick...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 October 2018

Once you have experienced the sweeping vistas from Olona, you will no longer wonder what so inspired the Hudson River School of Painters, famed worldwide for their landscapes. We visited on a clear, crisp fall afternoon as the sun bathed the hills and golden leaves....More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Sightseer692606
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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jean L
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank guyc236
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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nancyf913
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Olana sits on a high hill overlooking the Hudson River. It is the historic home of Frederic Church, landscape artist. The interior of the home is elegantly furnished and ornate artifiacts. The grounds are wonderful for walking and relaxing. There are special programs offered throughout...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dawn C
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Go for the tour or go to walk around the grounds for free! This place has amazing heritage, a unique history and some of the best views in all of the Hudson valley - Well worth the time to get there, relaxing and not overly...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank stephenhCO55
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Read up on the Hudson River artists beforehand. Read as much about it as you can. And then, positively, absolutely go here. But do "educate" yourself a little bit about the Hudson River artistic movement (mid 19th century) -- even if only on Wikipedia. You...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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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.
27 August 2016|
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Response from Esther32 | Reviewed this property |
Too far to walk. Not a far ride though
Caroline R
16 July 2016|
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Response from peter k | Reviewed this property |
Yes if on leashes