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You can visit this majestic abandoned castle along the Hudson River

Jennifer P

Here’s a cheap getaway in upstate New York for anyone who wants to feel like a king or queen for a day! Did you know our state is home to more than a dozen magnificent castles? It’s true, and we’re not just talking about Belvedere Castle in Central Park, either.

One of the most iconic is Bannerman Castle located on the Hudson River, which is just south of Beacon and Newburgh, NY. And guess what? You can visit the stronghold this summer!

The mighty—but crumbling—fortress is currently undergoing restoration, but don’t let the construction keep you from touring this island jewel! In fact, West Point Cadets recently rebuilt and replaced the historic bridge that takes visitors to the summit.

The Bannerman Castle Trust hosts awesome weekend tours, which include a scenic boat ride on the Estuary Steward, followed by a chance to see the attraction up close. Once you hit land, you’ll take a guided walking tour of the island and get a chance to view the castle’s ruins and gardens while learning all about Bannerman’s rich history. (Book and choose your tour here.)

The island is also pretty easy to get to: Just take the Metro-North Hudson Line to Beacon Station, and you'll be dropped off near the launch dock for the Estuary Steward.

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