Admission & Hours
Tour Val-Kill Cottage
Val-Kill Cottage is open for tours year round by the National Park Service. Please check here for the latest tour times or to schedule a group. We highly recommend you reserve your tour online ahead of time here - as tours often sell out early in the day. Inside you will experience the only place Eleanor Roosevelt felt was her home and learn about the guests who filled Val-Kill on a regular basis. Check Tour Schedule >
Visit Exhibits in Stone Cottage
The Partnership was the proud sponsor of the new permanent Stone Cottage Exhibits: Eleanor Roosevelt and Val-Kill: Emergence of a Political Leader. Explore home videos on the Roosevelt's at Val-Kill and original artifacts about this pivotal time in Eleanor Roosevelt's life. Deep thanks to lead benefactors Lia & William Poorvu, Claudine & Fred Bacher, The Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, with additional support from the Roosevelt Vanderbilt Historical Association as well as countless supporters of The Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership like you! Open year round free to all.
Explore Grounds and Gardens
Take a stroll through the grounds, gardens, or hike one of Eleanor's favorite Val-Kill paths where she walked several times a day. The Val-Kill landscape has been restored to the way that Eleanor enjoyed them as part of an ongoing Landscape Treatment Plan (designed by NPS and the Olmsted Center). Pets welcome!
To enrich your visit, listen beforehand to the Val-Kill podcast >
Download the Val-Kill brochure >
Public Transportation, Taxi & Shuttle Service
Train to Poughkeepsie Station
The Metro-North Commuter Railroad and Amtrak both stop in Poughkeepsie, about 5 miles south of the park. Schedules are available online or call Amtrak 1-800-872-7245 or Metro-North at 800 638-7646 for information. From here, catch a taxi, Uber or Shuttle.
Free Shuttle from Poughkeepsie Station to Val-Kill
From May to October the National Park Service offers morning pick up service from the Poughkeepsie train station. Click here for free shuttle service >
Taxis from Poughkeepsie Station to Val-Kill
Some local taxis that offer service from Poughkeepsie train station include:
Dandy the Lion: +1-845-629-3636
Roy's Taxi: +1-845-453-4267
Valley Taxi: +1-845-454-1818
Directions by Car
The Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (Val-Kill) is on Route 9G in Hyde Park, NY about 90 miles north of New York City and 70 miles south of Albany. Please use the following address: 54 Valkill Park Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
The closest major airport is Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York (near junction of I-87 and I-84). Several major carriers have daily flights to Stewart. Car rentals are available at the airport.