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Address: Bannerman Island, Cold Spring, NY
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Fun and Interesting Excursion

This was a great visit. We rode the boat to the island with a large group of people celebrating a birthday with a pirate theme. It seemed like a big group (of which our group of 4... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was a great visit. We rode the boat to the island with a large group of people celebrating a birthday with a pirate theme. It seemed like a big group (of which our group of 4 was not a part) but everyone had fun and enjoyed the trip. When we arrived on the island they broke us into groups... More 

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Garrison, New York
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Whether you arrive by kayak, canoe, power boat or party boat, the approach to this castle on an island is an exciting and mysterious experience. Built many decades ago by the Bannermans it is a ruin, partial destroyed by an accidental munitions explosion that was felt for over 75 miles. The guided tours are the best way to go. Presently... More 

2 Thank Pconwaynyc
Frenchtown, New Jersey
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

A quick boat ride is always a fun way to start a tour. Once at the island you are met by the incredibly knowledgable tour guide. An excellent balance of history and fun with some beautiful scenery make this a great tour.

2 Thank Dave F
new jersey
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79 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

This truly is an unusual experience. The boatride from Beacon is enjoyable and the approach to the island and the castle is very dramatic. The castle is magnificent but unfortunately it is very much in disrepair. It must have been incredible in its hey day. Our tour guide, Wes was wonderful. The island and the castle are clearly a labor... More 

2 Thank schmutaki
Long Island, NY
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48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

an interesting way to combine a little hiking, a summer stroll and touring historic ruins. beware there are a lot of stairs and somewhat rustic paths and no restrooms- but worth it

Thank geeLongIsland_NY
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Beautiful boat ride to the island that houses the castle. The castle itself is inaccessible but your guide will tell you all about the history. Nice to be in nature and learn a small piece of history in a very historical area.

Thank Reingding13
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you're in Cold Springs, a Bannerman Castle is a must visit. The Castle sits on an island on the Hudson. To get to the Castle, you have to pay for the tour or you can kayak to the island. As you pull up to the island, you get a really amazing view of the Castle. It is breathtaking. Once... More 

4 Thank wshanck
Larchmont, New York
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158 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The 2.5 hour tour was well worth the money for a look at this pretty island with an interesting history. Our tour guide was informative and personable, and the boat ride to the island was pleasant. This is a hidden gem well worth checking out. Note - there are 70 plus stairs to climb and I'd therefore recommend against bringing... More 

4 Thank NYTravelerBD
Cold Spring, New York
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Short boat ride to the island. Once there, interesting close-up of a once majestic structure which has fallen into disrepair. Locals are looking for $$ for some restoration.

3 Thank Afoodie65
Syracuse, NY
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98 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

It's surprising this place isn't more famous considering the back story: a wealthy Scotsman whose empire springs from the buying/selling of military surplus purchases an island in the Hudson River to store munitions and builds a folly castle for that purpose. The large shell of the original castle is just one of several structures on the island, but all are... More 

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