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Hudson Valley, CT & Beyond Getaways

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Bannerman's Island Cruise

May 1 through October 27
Saturdays and Sundays
Tour departs at 12:30 p.m.

Bannerman Island Cruise

The experience

Bannerman’s Castle looks like a medieval ruin somewhere in Europe, but this castle belonged to Frank Bannerman, who purchased the Hudson River’s Pollepel Island in 1900 to store an inventory of surplus military equipment.   A fire destroyed the buildings two years later, but their ruins remain offering rich history and panoramic views of the Hudson Valley.

Come aboard the Estuary Steward for a scenic cruise along the Hudson during which you will learn all about Bannerman’s Island and its history.  The 30-minute ride will take you from the ferry dock at Beacon Station to Bannerman’s Island, where you’ll receive a guided tour of the island’s mysteries and mystique. (Please note: for safety reasons, entrance to the castle is prohibited.) Tours depart from the dock, rain or shine, at 12:30 p.m.  There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour and some rough terrain on the island, so wear comfortable shoes (there is a rest stop along the way). Strollers cannot be accommodated.

One of the best things to do along the Hudson River is visit Pollepel Island, a tiny jewel in the setting of the Hudson enriching day for the whole family. The Bannerman Castle Trust Inc., in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, provides a public tour of Bannerman Castle and Pollepel Island.

All proceeds will benefit the Pollepel Island and Bannerman Castle preservation efforts, to ensure many can experience this beautiful place for generations to come.

This tour consists of the following:

  • A 30-minute boat ride on the Estuary Steward over to Bannerman Island
  • A guided walking tour of the island in which you will visit the famous Bannerman Castle.
  • A visit to the Bannerman Garden and Bannerman Residence, where you'll learn about all things Bannerman!
  • A return trip back on the Estuary Steward to Beacon where it all began.

Food and drinks are not included, but you can purchase snacks on board or bring your own food to eat on the boat only (no picnicking allowed on Pollepel Island).

For more information about Bannerman’s Island, visit here

Customers must call Neil Caplan at 845-831-6346 to confirm reservation date and give a phone contact.  A credit card is required to hold your tour reservation. Seats are limited. Tours frequently sell out so please call at least 48 hours in advance. Once you confirm your dates, purchase your package from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Beacon Station). If you wish to cancel, you must call Neil Caplan at 845-831-6346 by Wednesday the latest (EST) the week of your tour, otherwise a $30 per person fee will be charged to your card if you do not show up for the tour. 

The deal

  • Package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street: adults, $58.75; seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals receiving Medicare, $53; children 5-11, $32; children under 5, $30.
  • Package price from other stations: check here for price from your boarding station.

Getting there

Take the Hudson Line to Beacon Station.  Meet for your tour at the Beacon Institute Dock (first dock as you drive down to waterfront on the left).  Dock is just south of the Metro North Dock across from the train station.  Check here for an ITINERARY.

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