Please wear comfortable shoes as there is some rough terrain on the walking tour portion of the experience. Tour of Bannerman Island from Beacon, NY One of the best things to do along the Hudson River is visit Pollepel Island, a tiny jewel in the setting of the Hudson Highlands. Over 100 years old, the island and castle are only accessible via tours by the Bannerman Castle Trust and the New York State Parks. We were there Halloween weekend 2020 and even on a rainy, foggy, windy day it was very beautiful and added to the eery elements of the ruins. Make a left onto North Plank Road, just after Sunoco sign. Approximately 3-4 hours. In past years, Bannerman Castle held tours, events and event movie nights, all enjoyed by visitors. Explore the mystery and enjoy the history of Bannerman Island! The only way to get to the island is to take a ferry tour that leaves form either Beacon or Newburgh or take a kayak tour around the island. Tours are not recommended for children ages 7 and under. The tour departs from Newburgh, NY and advance booking is required for all tours! This tour is appropriate for small children. The rich history of Bannerman Castle and the beautiful scenery of Pollepel Island place will provide a wonderfully enriching day for the whole family. Interesting and Beautiful Hidden Gem in Upstate New York! The rich history of Bannerman Castle and the beautiful scenery of this place will provide a wonderfully enriching day for the entire family. Explore the mystery and enjoy the history of Bannerman Island! Board the Pollepel for a 30 minute trip to the island, where you get a guided tour. There are several ways to tour Pollepel Island: You can kayak over and take a self-guided tour or book a tour with the Bannerman Island Trust, which oversees the island. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Ans we saw a very large adult bald eagle hovering overhead . Took a day trip with a friend to Newburgh, NY to explore Bannerman's Castle. Pollepel Island, commonly called Bannerman’s Island has been shrouded in mystery and adventure since the construction of Bannerman’s Castle in 1901. Call or visit web for full schedule. take as many photos as you like. The story begins Bannerman Island was moving and the scenery was beautiful . ENJOY A SELF-GUIDED TOUR AND A LIVE MUSIC CONCERT OR PERFORMANCE. Guests are advised to bring a light lunch or snack that they can enjoy while taking in the stunning views of the Hudson River from the Bannerman Castle residence. Saturdays, Sundays, and Selected Fridays. Bannerman Island Guided Tour and Mini Hike to the Summit Enjoy a guided walking tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins plus a bonus mini hike to the summit on Bannerman Island. Island Walking Tours are through October on Saturdays & Sundays. There are also kayak tours. Tours depart from either Beacon or Newburgh. Explore the mystery and enjoy the history of Bannerman Island! Just hop on board the Estuary Steward and ride over to Bannerman Island where you can enjoy a self-guided tour and a live music concert or performance. May 1 - October 31. Although there is an option to go on the island unguided during certain parts of the year, I definitely recommend the guided tour. Make a donation to the Bannerman Castle Trust to help preserve Bannerman Castle, stabilize the buildings, and maintain the grounds on Pollepel Island. Gorgeous views, recommend doing this trip in the fall, short hike up (has stairs and railings) and appreciated hearing the interesting history though this was a self-guided tour. Saturdays, Sundays, and Selected Fridays. Yay Bannerman Castle! Mask must be on (covering mouth and nose) at all times. The Blue Point Dock is just left of the River rose Paddle Wheel Dock. 30-minute boat ride over to Bannerman Island aboard the Estuary Steward. In town for the 3rd Sunday of the month? For kayak tours from Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY (on the west side of the Hudson River), please contact Storm King Adventure Tours at (845) 534-7800. In the early 1990s, the Bannerman Castle Trust, a local non-profit group dedicated to providing tours of the Island and stabilizing its remaining structures was formed. Fascinating structure with an interesting story. Bring a picnic. Directions: Take I84 to exit 10s. Design by GoDo.io. Board the Pollepel for a 30 minute trip to the island, where you get a guided tour. A wonderful, historically interesting and beautiful say trip . Commercial photography is not allowed without getting a permit from NYS which includes a fee. Only certified service dogs. Glenham, NY 12527-0843, Guided Bannerman Island Walking Tour (Beacon, NY), Guided Bannerman Island Walking Tour (Newburgh, NY), Self-Guided Walking Tour with Live Music (Beacon, NY), Self-Guided Walking Tour with Music (Newburgh, NY), Guided Walking Tour & Mini Hike to the Summit, Daisy Jopling’s Illuminance: A Musical Salute to the Magic of Bannerman Castle, Eleanor Owen Seeland (Lecture and Tour of Bannerman Island), Self Guided Tour with Music from Newburgh. (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.). Scottish-style castle on the Hudson River, built in the early 1900s. Boat ride was great, Island was beautiful, history was fascinating. upstate New York. Begin your adventure by taking a leisurely paddle across the Hudson River, then circle the island by kayak before stepping ashore. The tour is expensive $35 a person, and $30 for children. Enjoy a Live Music Concert or Performance, Return trip back on the Estuary Steward to Newburgh where it all began. Board the Pollepel for a 30 minute trip to the island, where you get a guided tour. The tour guide Abby was extremely informative , passionate , articulate and knew her history of Bannerman inside and out . I thought she was in college or a grad student and the most amazing thing was that she was 14. years old and in high school! Beautiful & local Hudson Valley trip to Bannerman Island from Beacon Enjoyed this half day excursion from Beacon to Bannerman Island. However, like most other businesses, COVID-19 interrupted tours, events and other programs on … Go under the I84 overpass. Fun to hike the island. PO Box 843 Self-Guided tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins and gardens. more, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Things to do near Bannerman Cruise & Walking Tour. Begin your adventure kayaking south under Storm King Mountain before crossing the Hudson River to the base of Breakneck Ridge on the Eastern bank. Enjoy a Live Music Concert or Performance The whole experience is 2.5 hours. Copyright Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thank you. Afterward, the Island was closed to the public, and sit unused and in disrepair for two decades. The whole experience is 3 hours; tours leave from the docks in Beacon, NY, which are located behind the Metro North train station. It is against Coast Guard regulations to put an infant on your lap to make room for another passenger. Tours go rain or shine. The non-profit group Bannerman Castle Trust, dedicated to preserving the island and it's structures, hosts hard hat guided walking tours of the island… This tour is a nice way to spend a few hours visiting a unique spot on the Hudson River. We really feel like we learned a lot about this rally beautiful little known gem in. Turn right onto 9W south. Wear sturdy shoes. Since then, the Taconic State Parks Commission declares it off limits. May 1 - October 31. Bannerman needed a place to store his cache of retail goods—which included weapons, uniforms, and gunpowder—and thus, the storehouse on Pollepel Island was born. Interesting part of American history . I think the only way to tour the actual island is if you take the ferry boat tour through the Bannerman's Castle Trust. Due to USCG regulations, every passenger requires a seat on the vessel. Bannerman's Island Walking Tour Step foot onto Pollepel Island to visit the famous Bannerman Castle! (Navigate to the months of May – October to book). May 1 - October 31. I am from the area and remember and watched the fire on the Bannerman’s Island back in 1969. Blue Point Restaurant Dock, Newburgh Waterfront, (Newburgh, NY). Eventbrite - Go Love NY presents Kayak and Bannerman Castle Private Tour - Friday, August 14, 2020 at Storm King Adventure Tours, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. Find event and ticket information. For decades, Bannerman remained one of New York’s most intriguing abandoned sites, often visited and … A Bannerman Island tour, photo by T. Carrigan via Flickr cc. This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in the United States. Self-Guided tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins and gardens. The sight of this one impressive munitions factory is amazing. Strollers cannot be accommodated. 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Turn left and go under train tracks to waterfront. On-island guided hard hat tours were recently made available through the Bannerman's Castle Trust. The Trust is dedicated to preserving Bannerman Castle as an educational, cultural, historical, and recreational facility that promotes heritage tourism in the Hudson Valley. What vision the Bannerman had! The Bannerman Castle Trust Inc., gives walking tours of the island. Due to safety issues, you do not go inside the structures. - See 222 traveler reviews, 214 candid photos, and great deals for Newburgh, NY, at Tripadvisor. But the night of August 8, 1969, a raging fire of unknown origin destroyed all of the buildings. Experience a 2.5 hour tour with .5 hr cruise to Bannerman Island-Hudson Highlands State Park, a 1.5 hour guided tour of the island, and a .5 hour return cruise to Newburgh or Beacon. He had acquired so many arms that he couldn't legally keep them all within the city limits-- hence the need for the island. The tours to Bannerman Castle and Pollopel Island, led by docents Bannerman Castle Trust Inc., in cooperation with the New York State Office … Personal photography is welcomed on the tours. Light hiking and many stairs are apart of this tour. We cannot accommodate dogs on the island. New York State acquired the abandoned island from his company in 1967 The "castle" has suffered from neglect and fire damage, but remains an intriguing landmark The Bannerman Island Castle Trust provides tours of the island; visit bannermancastle.org for more information All weekend tours are on the Estuary Steward, a 44 passenger boat. The castle is easily visible to riders of the Metro-North Railroad Hudson Line and the Amtrak Empire Service and Adirondack lines. Let’s go for a kayak ride on the Hudson and explore the mysterious Bannerman Island! there are signs for Blu Point Restaurant. Return trip back on the Estuary Steward to Newburgh where it all began Stopped at the brewery for lunch afterwards. A Bannerman Castle Historian then directs a tour along the walkways of the island alongside the former arsenal and residence. Friendly, knowledgeable guides. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour (there is a rest stop along the way). I highly recommend this tour it was one of the best things we did on our weekend getaway to the area! Follow road till you get too Newburgh waterfront. The Estuary Steward can only take 44 passengers and that includes all children including babies on your lap. Lovely, short trip to a unique site. The tour includes a visit to the castle ruins and gardens (you do not go in the buildings), the Bannerman … Spending all my life here I never got a chances to go on the tours when they started, so this was special for me. Specialties: Officially called Pollepel Island, and familiarly called Bannerman Island. We found the island to be stunning as were the remnants of the military surplus storage building and the residence. New York State had plans to open Bannerman Island as a park, and for a short time in 1968 they ran tours of the island. Bannerman Cruise & Walking Tour: Bannerman Island Tour-Don't miss it! Bannerman Castle Trust You can book a hard hat tour through the Bannerman's Castle Trust. Really enjoyed the trip. The boat trip over has an informative video on the history of the island and the "castle" but would REALLY BENEFIT from the ability to sit on the boat deck. Tours include kayak guide, kayak equipment, a tour of Bannerman Island with a Bannerman Castle Trust historian. The boat ride was pleasant down the Hudson River and the information given to us by our guide was fantastic. Great day out. To Purchase Tour Tickets and General Tour Questions please call. A remarkable young woman passionate about history . 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