Boldt Castle, located in the heart of New York’s famed 1000 Islands, is a place like no other. Today, it is steeped in history, wonder and romance.
In 1900, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full-sized Rhineland Castle on Heart Island. This magnificent structure was to be a monument of his love for his wife, Louise.
Work was well underway, with more than $2.5 million invested, when tragedy struck. In January of 1904, Louise died. Boldt commanded all work on the castle to cease immediately. He never again returned to Heart Island.
The castle and its buildings were left to the mercy of the elements and vandals for 73 years. Then 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority (TIBA) acquired the property and has invested millions of dollars into the restoration of the Heart Island and the Boldt Yacht House on Wellesley Island. Today the island is easily accessible with brick-paved walkways, modern restroom facilities, picnic areas, a food and beverage concession to serve the public and no visit is complete without a stop at the gift shop!
But most notable is the restoration of major portions of the Main Castle including the Grand Hall, Dining Room, Ballroom, Bedroom Suites, the Kitchen and much more. Even structures like the Power House, Dove Cote and numerous gardens have been restored to their intended glory. And within the Alster Tower the first interior room will be restored for guests this season!
These continuing efforts to improve this incredible piece of history is why we say:
You may have seen Boldt Castle before, but have you seen Boldt Castle lately?
For more information visit or contact us at:
800-8-ISLAND (regional tourism information)
315-482-9724 (direct inquires for weddings)
Check out the New York State Tourism Directory