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Boldt Castle and Yacht House, Alexandria Bay

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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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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  • I think this beautifully restored historic US castle is the best in North America! The landscaped grounds and lovely Italian Garden is a great spot for a summer or fall picnic. The inside is stunning ...  read more »
  • Well worth the time. Take time the enjoy the movie, take more time to walk the grounds. Extraordinary place 
  • If you are European, you will have, no doubt, visited castles and stately homes like this before now. But do not miss this lovely restored castle, if you are in the area. It is lovely. The history sur...  read more »
  • It was good to visit. The upper floors aren't done so not a whole lot to see. The outside area is pretty. The food vendors are decent for fast food. CANADIANS: when u get on the dock do NOT pass the yellow line on the dock. It's a $5k fine and boat gets taken away. Stay and wait for guard.
  • Before this past weekend, I had not been to Boldt Castle in about 10 years or more. It is beyond beautiful. Everything about it is absolutely stunning. The only upsetting part is that once you get to the higher floors that were not and will not be finished, so many disrespectful people have written and drawn all over the walls. I'm 24 and it shocks me that anyone my age or younger could be so disrespectful (I am going to assume it wasn't older people). The staff here is all wonderful and helpful but there is no way for them to keep up with that kind of nonsense. I feel bad for them that people are so ridiculous. There are signs everywhere asking you not to, but people with no common sense ignore them. A shame for a place with such beauty and wonder to be defiled by immature scumbags.
  • Beautiful history. Strongly recommend the uncle Sam boat tour that stops at the castle. It's still under construction but well worth the crowds
  • 2nd visit in 15 years, planing on returning again. Beautiful and awe inspiring. A real life love story that proves America has romance and mystic, no reason to go over sea's when places like this exist right here in the USA. Very reasonably priced and easy to find, the on site food sales are just as reasonably priced as well. Also there is a now a gift shop on the 2nd floor. Every year more rooms are completed so returning isn't seeing the same thing! GO SEE IT!
  • Wonderful place to see. The 3rd and 4th floor rooms are still not completed. The outdoor was nicely maintained. Requires an expensive 5 min boat ride.
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