Now, one of the best things about the tour of FDR's house is the guides. So what if the interior isn't really worth looking at? The guides are going to tell you the best stories about FDR and his family. It's totally worth the time for that. So, let's recap. Great movie to see. Great stories from the guides. Beautiful grounds to wander. History in a whole new light. Good trip.
What you will enjoy about this tour once again are the stories. Frederick and Louise had no children, so they left the place to a niece of theirs, who worked with FDR to turn the place into a historical attraction. In the meantime, FDR used parts of the house to house his secret service agents. You'll love the stories, I promise.
The historic sites in Hyde Park are beautiful. There is also Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's home, the Mills Mansion, Hyde Hall, and the CIA--Culinary Institute of America.
The Culinary Institute of America is one of the oldest and most respected cooking schools in the country. If you don't know of anyone else who has studied there, how about Anthony Bourdain? That's right, that travel foodie on television. This school has been schooling some of the world's best chefs since 1946, and you too, can take part in all they have to offer. There are restaurants on the premises where you can sample the student's wares that they've learned to prepare. But here's the cool thing for you budding foodies out there who don't have the time to go and get a degree. They have non-credit courses for non-students. You can look at their catalog and choose from a huge selection of one day courses for only $250 apiece. It's a great way to spend a day with world class instructors. Then afterwards you can impress all of your friends with a gourmet dinner party.
And if eating in the fifties isn't enough for you, there's a rollerskating rink right out back. Roller Magic is a state of the art genuine roller skating rink. And up the street from there, just across from the FDR estate, is the Hyde Park Drive in theater. It's all right here folks. You can spend a whole weekend in the 1950's. It's nostalgia at it's finest.
From up on this magnificent bridge you can see for miles with amazing panoramic views that include the Catskill Mountains and the lands almost all the way to West Point. You will see commercial and personal boats alike traversing this shipping lane, and you will also hear and see the trains as they follow the shores of the mighty Hudson River below. If you like the outdoors, this one's for you.
So, just to recap, FDR's house, Vanderbilt Mansion, old time diners, skating rinks and drive-ins. A giant walking bridge over the Hudson. Oh yeah, all the gourmet food you can both eat and cook. It's a great place to visit. I've always loved the area, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.