Boldt Castle

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Alexandria Bay, NY 13607- Map It
Phone: (315) 482-9724

AAA Editor Notes

Boldt Castle, on Heart Island, is accessible by ferry service, boat tours or private watercraft. The 120-room, six-story stone castle was begun in 1900 by George C. Boldt, the proprietor of New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel and Philadelphia's Bellevue-Stratford. Intended as a summer home for his wife, it was abandoned when she died in 1904, never to be furnished or occupied. For more than 70 years the estate deteriorated to a state of almost complete disrepair. Restoration of the turreted castle, yacht house, towers, service buildings and gardens has been ongoing since 1977. Exhibits, including artifacts from the era and a video presentation, depict the lives of the Boldts and the development of the 1000 Islands. The grounds and formal Italian garden are well-maintained. Picnicking is permitted. Food is available.
$9.50; $6.50 (ages 5-12). Combination ticket with Boldt Yacht House $12.50; $7.50 (ages 5-12). Ferry or tour fares are not included in castle admission.
Hours: Daily 10-7:30, July-Aug.; 10-6:30, May-June and in Sept.; 11-5, in Oct. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.