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The Scenic Boat Tour That Takes You Straight To An Abandoned Castle In New York

One of the most dramatic abandoned spots in New York is yours to explore. You can now reach the beautiful ruins of Bannerman Castle via a scenic boat tour that will make you feel like royalty.

Bannerman Castle is located on a small island in the Hudson River. Though it looks like something from a fairytale, this massive fortress was actually constructed by wealthy weapons dealer Francis Bannerman VI around 1901 to store ammunition. In 1918, over 200 tons of shells and powder exploded on the island and damaged the castle. By the 1960s, both the island and its structures were essentially abandoned and off-limits to the public.

However, the recently offered tours by the Bannerman’s Castle Trust mean that visitors can finally get up close to this majestic spot. The tour consists of a lovely 30-minute boat ride over to the island, during which you’ll learn all about the history of the area and admire the grandeur of the castle from the water. Next, you’ll embark on a guided walking tour of the island, including the castle and its beautiful gardens. After thoroughly exploring the ruins, you’ll hop back on the ferry and cruise back to the mainland.

The entire experience is about 2.5 hours. Adult tickets are $35 each and child tickets are $30 each. Click here to book your tour and learn more about the cruise.

Getting to the tour is really easy. Simply hop on the Metro-North Line to Beacon Station and you’ll be dropped off close to the launch dock for the boat tour.

The tours leave from Beacon Station on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. On Sundays, you can catch the boat from Newburgh at 11 a.m. and from Beacon at 12:30 p.m. These tours only run from May to October, so don’t miss your chance to explore this magical spot.

Sophia
Massachusetts native. Freelance writer and strawberry eater. Get in touch: smitrokostas@onlyinyourstate.com.