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Boldt Castle and Yacht House, Alexandria Bay

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Nestled on an island of the St. Lawrence River, Boldt Castle and Yacht House tells a tragic story of a wealthy couple who never got to live in their lavish estate. Straddling the border between the United States and Canada, the castle came to life in 1900, constructed by millionaire George C. Boldt (owner of the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City). It was cancelled in 1904 due to the sudden death of his wife, but construction eventually resumed in 1977. Today you can see some incomplete and some finished rooms, a basement with a swimming pool and bowling lanes, hallways with pictures and artifacts, and a collection of wooden boats. Learn about how electricity was obtained in the early 20th century. Take a guided tour and explore the surrounding grounds. Plan your Boldt Castle and Yacht House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Alexandria Bay using our Alexandria Bay itinerary builder.
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  • We loved every bit of our roam around this American castle! Would go back in a heartbeat!! My only disappointment is that we did not splurge for the headphones to listen to audio tour.  more »
  • Restoration of this huge home continues. Most of the lower levels are completed and period furniture is in place so we can get a feel of what it would have been 100 years ago. The water was extremely ...  more »
  • In the early 1900s, George Boldt (of Waldorf Astoria Hotel fame) bought Hart Island, renamed it Heart Island, and began construction on a fabulous castle for his wife, "Queen" Louise. Sadly, she passe...  more »
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  • My wife and I were married here on June 3rd at the dove cote. The weather was perfect and the outside around the castle looked gorgeous for our pics. The staff was very helpful for the setup and to our guests. I would recommend boldt castle for anyone looking to get married at a picturesque place.
  • Had a great time, kids had fun, and learned a little bit in the process. The staff was excellent. Only complaint was some of the reckless people there. Definitely try to figure out a time when it isn't so busy.
  • Beautiful!! My husband brought me here for the first time 28 years ago!! So much has changed, but it's still as magnificent!!! Worth the trip!! Especially the trip from Clayton Boat Tours!! The Best!!! :-) :-)
  • A must visit! Doing a great job at thr restore. If you haven't been in awhile, go again. Even more areas open
  • One of the best tourist sites of all upstate New York. Just a less then 20min boat ride to the place. They do have a restaurant on the island. And most of the remodeling is done.