Today Boldt Castle is one of the premier attractions in the 1000 Islands. Located in the heart of the region across form Alexandria Bay, NY it is a favorite destination year after year. Children love to visit the grand structure as it rivals the castle in any fairytale, and couples looking for a romantic getaway are amazed by the historic true love story that made this dreamlike place reality in 1900. The 6 story castle sits atop the 5 acre Heart Island. Also on the island are six structures from the Gilded Age including the Alster Tower, Powerhouse, numerous gardens and more. While today Boldt Castle is a fairytale destination that brings joy to thousands of visitors each year, it wasn’t always so. Its story is one of love, loss and rebirth.
In 1900, millionaire proprietor of the world-famous Waldorf-Astoria, George C. Boldt set out to build a Rhineland style castle on Heart Island in the 1000 Islands region of the St. Lawrence River.
The magnificent 120-room structure was to be a monument of love for his wife Louise. With over $2.5 million invested, work on the Castle and several other castellated buildings were well underway when tragedy struck. In January 1904, Mrs. Boldt dies and all work on the Castle ceases. Mr. Boldt, inconsolable, never returned to Heart Island or his Boldt Castle project. It then sat unmaintained and open to vandals for over 70 years.
The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority assumed ownership in 1977, determined to preserve Boldt Castle’s legacy for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Since then millions of dollars have been invested into the restoration of the stunning Heart Island structures and more recently, the enormous Boldt Castle Yacht House on Wellesley Island.
Heart Island is accessible to the handicapped, has complete restroom facilities, a gift shop, picnic areas and food and beverage concession to serve the public. Boat tours from both the U.S. and Canada stop at Heart Island. Extensive docking is available for private pleasure craft. A shuttle from Heart Island provides access to the Boldt Castle Yacht House.
Admission and Pricing
Adult – $9.50 (13+ years)
Child – $6.50 (5-12 years)
Infant – $0.00 (4 years and under)
2017 Hours of Operation
Boldt Castle & Boldt Yacht House
May 6 - June 23:
10 AM - 6:30 PM
June 24 - August 27:
10 AM - 7:30 PM
August 28 - September 24:
10 AM - 6:30 PM
September 25 - October 9:
10 AM - 5:30 PM
October 10 - October 15:
11 AM - 5:00 PM
The Castle and Yacht House will remain open until 7:30 PM for Memorial Day Weekend, May 27th and 28th, for Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd and 3rd and for Columbus Day/Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend October 7th and 8th, 2017.
For more info: 1.800.847.5263