Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Skip Navigation LinksHome / Historic Sites / Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
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

Historic sites charge a vehicle use fee and/or admittance fee at various times and locations throughout the year. A list of fees is available below. For program fees or to verify information, please contact the site directly.

  • 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 07 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 7, 2016 09:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
(585) 394-4922

Come join us at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.

Project one:  Help fix the rock garden--rebuilding rock walls, raking, removing leaves from water features.

Register Now

Contact event coordinator Pam Gangloff for more information:

Registration: Required

Get Directions

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