Took a day trip with a friend to Newburgh, NY to explore Bannerman's Castle. Although there is an option to go on the island unguided during certain parts of the year, I definitely recommend the guided tour. The sight of this one impressive munitions factory is amazing. The history you learn from the tour guide (Wes) almost transports you back in time, to imagine what it was like living on this remote, little island with no power or running water. It makes the visit that much more interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. If the sight of the ruins does not impress you, check out the amazing views you get of the Hudson Valley on a clear day. They're breathtaking.
Totally worth the price of the tour and all of the proceeds go towards preserving this historic site. They hold special events and even a special photography tour during certain parts of the year. Check their site for the schedule.
PS - this is a very primitive island. Still no running water or power. No active toilets - just port-a-potties. Also, if you have difficulty walking, you may have trouble walking around parts of the island. Some parts are pretty steep and there only a few paved trails. However, most of the seniors walking with us were able to manage through most of it.
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