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Olana State Historic Site

5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
+1 518-828-0135
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Beautiful Views

I took the "electric carriage" tour. There are many great picturesque views. The electric... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
iLOV3F00D
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Saugerties, New York
Delightful Whimsy

Gorgeous welcoming historic Olana; a charming respite from the busy streets of Hudson. I am... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Susan P
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Hudson, 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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5720 State Route 9g, Hudson, NY 12534-4129
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

I took the "electric carriage" tour. There are many great picturesque views. The electric carriage was a GEM neighborhood electric vehicle that sits 6 (5 tourists plus the tour guide/driver). The ride is a little rough because this is a vehicle meant for smooth streats...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Gorgeous welcoming historic Olana; a charming respite from the busy streets of Hudson. I am planning another longer visit. Darling accommodating staff such a special place!

Thank Susan P
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

I'm not really a fan of the Hudson River School of art, though there are individual paintings I like a lot. This house and the grounds around it however are like being inside one of the paintings and are fantastic examples of the expansion of...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

Why? Because here is the only interior where every item of furniture, every painting, every collectible in every room is EXACTLY preserved as shown in interior photographs taken when Hudson Valley artist Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) and his family lived in this romantic Persian style...More

Thank Jim L
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Reviewed 19 October 2017

A remarkable property including grounds, with tour. My only reservation, possibly unjustified, is that one comes away with no appreciation of Church the artist. This tour focuses mostly upon the house - its history, construction, habitation, and ultimate restoration. There are some Church paintings inside,...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

I was very surprised as I wasn’t sure what to expect. The mention is gorgeous and the environment is beautiful and very peaceful. If you need a peace and serenity this is the right place. Love the story behind it too. It belonged to a...More

Thank Vlad Z
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

I was looking for something unique to do with a friend from the Lake George area while I was visiting home in Albany, NY. I had very briefly been to the Hudson area four years ago and thinking it had a cool liberal vibe for...More

Thank NYCaliKara
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Go do this! what a great experience- worth it- also took the electric carriage tour of the grounds... they are expansive

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Reviewed 7 October 2017

I'm a huge Thomas Cole fan, so I had to see Olana. Bright and colorful mix between an art museum and a history museum.

Thank MacKenzie H
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Reviewed 3 October 2017

I have little patience for being herded through these dusty old estates with all of their re-assembled attempts at authenticity, but Olana is a place to itself, astonishingly beautiful in its setting and vividly immediate and authentic in nearly every way. Nearly everything in the...More

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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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