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Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

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151 Charlotte Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424
Latitude 42.898202705899998
Longitude -77.272150851700005

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is one of the nation's most extensively preserved country estates from the Victorian era. This 50 acre site features beautiful formal and informal gardens, a historic mansion, the Lord & Burnham greenhouse complex and beautiful views of Canandaigua Lake.Sonnenberg's magnificent Queen Anne style mansion, the former summer home of Frederick Ferris and Mary Clark Thompson, was built in 1887. The surrounding gardens were developed between 1902 and 1920 and reflect a variety of styles, including Victorian, Italian, Colonial, and Japanese influences.

Located in the heart of New York's Finger Lakes wine region, the historic park is also home to the Finger Lakes Wine Center. This facility is open to the public during the Sonnenberg garden season; visitors may also enjoy tasting tours and private parties.Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park is the perfect place for a wedding or other family gatherings. The site hosts a variety of popular events throughout the season, including the annual Orchid Show, Rose Week, Moonlight Strolls, Teddy Bear Party and the annual Arts At The Gardens show. Tours of both the gardens and the mansion are also available from May through September.

For more information visit: Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

No Pets Allowed

Hours of Operation

  • 2015 Season: May 1 - October 31, daily.
  • Fee Collection: May - October, daily.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Fee Collection
  • May 1 - May 24: 9:30AM - 4:30PM, daily
    May 25 - Sept 7: 9:30AM - 5:30PM, daily
    Sept 8 - Oct 31: 9:30AM - 4:30PM, daily

Interested in having your wedding at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion?

Sonnenberg is open year round for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Our Garden Season runs from May 1 - October 31, providing a beautiful outdoor venue while our flowers are in bloom. Sonnenberg has two indoor facilities for winter & fall weddings. Our unique gardens offer many varieties of annuals and picturesque landscaping, and our staff is ready to help you create treasured memories of your wedding day. More information on the many wedding services Sonnenberg offers is available here.

Sat 05 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018 09:00 AM
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
(585) 394-4922


Meeting location: Greenhouse entrance near Admissions

Special Instructions: Please park in the main parking lot

Project 1: General cleanup of the pools and walkways of the Rock Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Mansion area. Planting in the Admissions area and Blue & White Garden. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, rakes, flat shovels, & trowels for planting

Project 2: Cleaning of the greenhouse complex including weeding, sweeping, and general cleaning of the 6 attached greenhouses of the antique greenhouse complex. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack

We can accommodate: Large Groups, Small Groups, College student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts

For questions about this event:
Call: 585-394-4922

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Gardens
  • Gift Shop
  • Interpretive Signs
  • Scenic Views
  • Self Guided Tours
    • Activities
    • Group Tours
    • Guided Tours
    • Historic House
    • Picnic Area