Castles, wealth and water. That’s what this informative 3-hour 30-minute tour on the St Lawrence River is all about ... More info ›
Castles, wealth and water. That’s what this informative 3-hour 30-minute tour on the St Lawrence River is all about. Cruise the wide, island-filled river, puttering along the Canadian shore as a guide describes the intriguing history of the area and some of the rich and famous people who have settled here through the decades. Dock at Heart Island and walk to where the imposing Boldt Castle sits. Take a self-guided tour of the castle (admission charge not included) or just explore the island before getting back on the boat and returning to Clayton. This tour will take you on a 25+ Unique tour of the St. Lawrence River, winding through many of the 1000 Islands.
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Stop At: Boldt Castle and Yacht House, Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
Boldt Castle on Heart Island is located near Alexandria Bay, NY in the famed 1000 Islands Region. Whether you are making an annual visit to see what’s new, looking for an affordable family vacation close to home or a couple seeking that romantic getaway, Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House has something for you! In fact, the Castles’ legendary beauty nestled among the St Lawrence Rivers’ 1000 Islands will keep you returning year after year!
The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA) welcomes you to tour Boldt Castle to explore and experience an attraction like no other. Construction began on Boldt Castle in 1900 at the bidding of millionaire hotel magnate George C. Boldt as a tribute to his beloved wife Louise. Boldt Castle was designed as their summer dream home. A castle rivaling those of Europe, built on the St. Lawrence River, in the heart of the 1000 Islands. However it was not to be, Mrs. Boldt passed away suddenly just months before the completion of the castle. Mr. Boldt was inconsolable and immediately stopped all construction on Heart Island, leaving the property vacant for over seventy years…
The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA), who owns and operates Boldt Castle and the Boldt Yacht House, invite you to explore our website. Here you can glimpse what awaits you at Heart Island. A chance to experience the Boldt’s tragic love story and the magnificence of a bygone era…
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Pass By: Thousand Islands, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
The 1000 Islands (pronounced “Thousand Islands,” not “One Thousand Islands”) is a sightseer’s paradise and a popular destination for those looking for an authentic outdoor vacation. Located along the peaceful border between northern New York State (USA) and southeastern Ontario (Canada), the 1000 Islands is a region of endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture.
Vacationers have been coming to the 1000 Islands for more than 150 years to enjoy its breathtaking beauty. Waters that were once patrolled by pirates (yes … pirates!) and Prohibition bootleggers are now cruised by cottagers who enjoy serene bays and vacationers who tour aboard guided trips and hear the astonishing stories behind the islands.
Pass By: Saint Lawrence River, New York
Cruising among the 1000 Islands aboard a guided boat tour is among the most popular reasons visitors come here. Cruises include trips past dozens of islands, fairytale castles, lighthouses, island mansions and wildlife all accompanied by true tales of pirates, bootleggers and the Gilded Age rich and famous who all spent time here.
Stop At: Clayton Island Tours, 39621 Chateau Lane, Clayton, NY 13624
Join us for the most unique and complete Boldt Castle/Two Nation Tour experience. Enjoy an intimate boat tour as we travel over 22 unique miles among many of the 1000 Islands along the St. Lawrence River. We begin in Clayton miles south of Boldt Castle, travel up the American Channel of the St. Lawrence Seaway, stop at Heart Island, and return through Canadian waters as we complete the circle around Wellesley Island. Our professional guides will share rich history, legends and lore as we get you up close to the islands allowing adults and children the ability to spot local wildlife.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Pass By: Wellesley Island, Alexandria Bay, NY
This tour circumnavigates Wellesley Island, New York, the largest U.S. Island in the 1000 Islands Region.
Pass By: Wellesley Island State Park, 44927 Cross Island Rd, Wellesley Island, NY 13640-3105
Wellesley Island State Park is a 2,636-acre state park located on Wellesley Island in the St. Lawrence River
Stop At: Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, NY 13640
We stop at Heart Island for one hour and 15 minutes where you can explore Boldt Castle and the beautiful grounds. Our boat waits for you and you reboard the same boat with the same crew to continue your on the St. Lawrence. We return through US Waters to Clayton, traveling the St. Lawrence Seaway, Millionaires row, under the US span of the Thousand Islands Bridge System, and pass by Rock Island Lightshouse.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Pass By: Thousand Islands Bridge, 43530 US Route 81, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607-2306
This tour travels under two spans of the Thousand Islands Bridge System. One in Canada and one in the US
Pass By: Thousand Islands New York, Thousand Islands New York, New York
We get you closer to the islands than any other tour!
Pass By: Rock Island Lighthouse State Park, St. Lawrence Seaway, Clayton, NY
Pass By: Clayton, Clayton, New York
Pass By: Boldt Yacht House, Alexandria Bay, NY
Boldt Castle Yacht House
Pass By: Thousand Island Park, Thousand Island Park, Wellesley Island, New York
Pass By: Canada, Canada
We travel through Canadian Waters and view the Canadian mainland and islands.
Pass By: 1000 Islands Tower, 716 Highway 137 Hill Island, Lansdowne, Ontario K0E 1L0 Canada
View from the tour