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Visit the Magnificent BOLDT CASTLE and Let Your Thoughts Transport You to Another World.



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Accessible by water taxi, tour boats and private boat, the castle is open for self-guided tours from mid-May through mid-October. The five-acre island is fully handicapped accessible, has complete restroom facilities, extensive docking for private boats, several picnic areas, a gift shop, and a food and beverage concession.

There are six impressive structures to explore on Heart Island - Boldt Castle, the Power House, the Alster Tower, the Hennery, the Arch, and a stone Gazebo. Exhibits in the various structures and a 15 minute video presentation offer a look into the lifestyle of George and Louise Boldt, along with a history of the 1000 Islands Region and the restoration efforts on Heart Island.

In Boldt Castle the first floor exhibits are dedicated to the lives of George and Louise Boldt and the development of the 1000 Islands as the influx of recreational visitors began to generate activity in the islands.

Hundreds of windows have been replaced and beautiful custom made doors and decorative windows now enhance the entrances. The Castle rises six stories from the foundation level of the indoor swimming pool to the highest towered room.

History:
At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size Rhineland Castle in Alexandria Bay, on Picturesque Heart Island. The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise.

Beginning in 1900, Boldt's family shared four glorious summers on the island in the Alster Tower while 300 workers, stonemasons, carpenters, and artists fashioned the six story, 120 room castle, complete with tunnels, a powerhouse, Italian gardens, a draw bridge, and a dove cote. Not a single detail or expense was spared.

In 1904, tragedy struck. Boldt telegrammed the island and commanded the workers to immediately stop all construction. Louise had died suddenly. A broken hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his beloved. Boldt never returned to the island, leaving behind the structure as a monument of his love.

For 73 years, the castle and various stone structures were left to the mercy of the wind, rain, ice, snow and vandals. When the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired the property in 1977, it was decided that through the use of all net revenues from the Castle operation it would be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.

Since 1977, several million dollars have been applied to rehabilitating, restoring and improving the Heart Island structures.

Boat Tours to Boldt Castle are available from both Canada and the U.S. PRIVATE BOAT DOCKAGE is available at Heart Island. A shuttle from Heart Island provides access to the Boldt Yacht House on Wellesley Island.

Boldt Castle:
Open: May 13th to October 15th, 21st & 22nd 2006
Hours: Open Daily 10 AM - 6:30 PM
July and August 10 AM - 7:30 PM
Open until 5:30 PM October 10th - 15th, 21st & 22nd

Boldt Yacht House:
Open: May 20th to October 1st, 2006
Hours: Open Daily 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM

Boldt Castle is located in the United States. Passengers arriving from Canada must provide proper identification.

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Thousand Islands Bridge Authority/Boldt Castle
P.O. Box 428, Collins Landing
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

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Boldt House Rates
Admission for ADULTS: $5.75 (US)
CHILDREN: $3.00 (AGES 6-12.) (US)
Canadian currency accepted at posted rate of exchange.
(Admission prices are subject to change)

Boldt Yacht House Rates:
Admission for ADULTS: $3.00 (US)
CHILDREN: $2.00 (AGES 6-12.) (US)
Canadian currency accepted at posted rate of exchange.
(Admission prices are subject to change)

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KID FRIENDLY, HANDICAPPED ACCESS, PARKING AVAILABLE, FOOD AVAILABLE

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