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Address: Bannerman Island, Cold Spring, NY
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$199*
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Hudson River Cruise and Motorcyclepedia Museum Tour with Brewery Lunch
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$105*
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Private Day Hike Tour of Breakneck Ridge

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an interesting way to spend to spend an afternoon

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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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

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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.

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New York City, New York
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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 

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Larchmont, New York
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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 

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Cold Spring, New York
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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.

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Syracuse, NY
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Bannerman Castle is a short ferry ride from Beacon. The island and castle are fascinating and the tour is memorable.

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Ellenville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A must see local in the Hudson Valley! There are those trying to keep the structure stable, but who knows how long that this wonderful ruin will be around.

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Hurley, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We go on the tour at Bannerman's almost every year and each year we hear a new story or fact that we had not learned before. You start out with a boat ride out to the island where a video gives you an introduction to the place and the family that owns it. You can take off from Beacon or... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Take a boat from Beacon, New York to visit this odd island with its crumbling ruin of a castle and mansion. Built on the fortune made by Bannerman selling surplus arms in the early part of the last century, the place is at once a folly and a historical experience. The gardens have been recently and lovingly restored, making the... More 

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