New York is known for a lot of things, but one landmark not typically associated with the Empire State is castles. Many people who haven’t taken one of the Bannerman Castle tours don’t know that New York has a massive castle hiding in plain sight on Pollepel Island in Dutchess County.

Head to the Bannerman Castle Trust website to learn more and check out what activities are scheduled. I know I’m looking forward to movie nights!

Need some proper gear before you take your tour? Head to The North Face to see what they have to offer.

Have you ever taken a Bannerman Castle tour? What are your favorite castles in New York?

If you’re looking for somewhere to dine afterward, consider The Roundhouse.

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Where can I take a boat tour in New York?

Looking for some more tours aside from Bannerman Castle tours? With bodies of water like the Hudson River and the Finger Lakes, there are many places where you can take a boat tour in New York:

  • Clearwater: Head to Beacon to take a cruise on the Hudson River aboard a replica 19th-century boat. The tour is geared toward teaching guests about the river’s environment and functions through the ecology and history of the river.
  • Lake George Steamboat Company: If you find yourself in the Adirondacks, be sure to book a ride on one of its three boats. While the Mohican and The Lac du Saint Sacrement are certainly grand choices, I recommend the fun-filled Minne-Ha-Ha, a paddle-wheeler.


Can I hike to ruins in New York State?

Being able to hike around while visiting Bannerman Castle is a real treat. And you’re in luck, as there are also a lot of other places to hike to ruins in New York:

  • Mount Beacon: Located in Dutchess, take the 4.4-mile roundtrip trail to reach the top of Mount Beacon. Formerly home to a casino, hotel, and incline railway, today you will find remains of the railway and its powerhouse as well as some old cottages. You can also extend your hike and climb the fire tower.
  • Overlook Mountain: A hike to Overlook Mountain in Woodstock will take you to yet another hotel ruin and fire tower in New York. But this 4.6-mile out-and-back hike differs in that the shell of the hotel is still intact and ready for exploration. There is also a fire tower here.


What are the oldest attractions in New York?

Want to see more historical spots in New York? Why not visit some of the oldest attractions in New York:

  • Niagara State Park: This 221-acre park in western New York is home to the hugely famous Niagara Falls. It can also brag that it is the oldest state park in New York. But wait, there’s more. Established in 1885 year, it’s also the oldest state park in the United States.
  • Hyde Hall Bridge: Located in Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown, this 53-foot-long bridge is one of more than two dozen covered bridges in the state. And built in 1825, this covered bridge is also the oldest in the state. Take in the rest of the park while you are it. I recommend the Sleeping Lion Trail.

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