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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This is a "must see" when visiting Alexandria Bay. After years of the castle in ruins, it is so rewarding to see the restoration going forward with pains-taking efforts to follow the original plans. It is an awesome attraction with a heart-warming story.

Thank Conesus
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

One of the biggest little secrets in all of the country. The Bolt Castle Tour was phenomenal. What an amazing day. Tour at your leisure after being dropped off by Uncle Sams Boat Tour. Take an early boat and walk around all day. A massive restoration project is under way and they are doing a fabulous preservation of the property.
The story of the property is amazing as well and is a major symbol of a mans love and his wallet!!!!

Alexandria Bay (The Thousand Islands) is one of the most beautiful areas of New York and of the United States. A major vacation destination!

Thank cerveza930
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Definitely worth the trip and the cost ($40 Ganaonque Boat Lines, $8 admission at the island-at par for Canadian dollars). The two hour stop provided on that particular tour was just enough but anyone going in by private boat and wanting to spend a little more time would not be bored. The grounds are gorgeous and well kept, beautiful river views from every angle, and the castle itself is magical. Don't expect gourmet food out there but it has the basics, ice cream, burgers etc., and surprisingly at reasonable prices. There are lots of interesting displays in the castle, very informative about that era, and obviously, the love story. It is a must see for anyone in the Thousand Islands: travel back through time and imagine what life would be like back then.

Thank Lori G
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Over a decade ago by wife and I stayed in a hotel across from Boldt castle on a trip to Canada. The castle was closed at the time (it was the off season) but I always wanted to go back. On a recent trip to Niagara Falls and Toronto we finally got a chance to visit. It was worth the wait.
The story is almost to good to be true. George Boldt, friend of presidents and business tycoons makes a fortune in the hotel business and decides to a build a grand mansion for his wife inspired by the great castles of Germany. No expense is spared in building this romantic estate on a beautiful island. Hearts are every - in stained glass, plaster, garden arrangements - even the island is reformed to look like a heart (and renamed from Hart Island to Heart Island). Not long before it's completed his wife dies unexpectedly and 350 workers are told to go home and all work is stopped. The castle, exposed to the elements, lies in rooms.
In the 1970's stabilization and restoration work began and continues to this day. It is an ongoing progress that will probably never be completed - and really never should be completed. The story is better if you can still see how the place looked when all worked was suddenly stopped.
The Castle is impressive and a good number of rooms have been lovely restored. For the lower floors detailed plans for construction were available and the work has been as faithful to those as possible.
There's a lot to see here actually. The castle itself will take about 30 minute walk through. There's also a short movie which explains the history of the site as well. There are other buildings on the ground to visit as well. The power house on the end of the island is well worth a visit. We didn't have time to visit the yacht house, which is across the lake (it's a few extra dollars but probably worth the visit if you have time).
There are several ways to get to the castle. The easiest is probably by the Uncle Sam shuttle from Alexandria bay. The boat leaves every 30 minutes and the ride takes about 10 minutes.

Thank jtl10
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I was on business travel to Fort Drum out in the middle of nowhere – or so I thought. What a surprise, there are many interesting places to visit including 2 castles in the area. I picked Boldt Castle since there were hourly stops on the river cruise. I signed up for the 2 hour cruise with the last stop at the Boldt Castle. This castle reminds me of the castles that you would see in France or Germany. It was bold and beautiful. The entry fee is only $8 so you won’t break the bank to take a slow walk around the grounds on your own pace. I really lucked out with the weather in August where it was warm and sunny but not muggy or humid. It was well worth the cruise around the thousand islands as well as all of the Kodak moments to capture on my day off. There is a love story as well. The castle was built as a summer home for his wife who passed away before the castle was completed. Mr. Boldt was so grief-stricken, he stopped the construction and the castle was never completed. There is a lovely heart shaped garden that reminds us of the original intent of the structure. Bolt Castle is a worthy place for a visit and the camera loves this place.

Thank Jet-laggedandtired
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