- 390 Ratings
Guided Walking Tour of Bannerman Island & Castle from Newburgh
Hop aboard the Estuary Steward for a ride to Bannerman Island, a scenic jewel nestled against the backdrop of the Hudson Highlands, for a 2.5 hour guided walking tour of the island. Enjoy beautiful scenery and a taste of history as your guide takes you on a tour of Bannerman Island and the famous Bannerman Castle.
What You Will Do
- Marvel at the island’s lush natural beauty and green fauna on a guided walking tour of the island
- Take a 30-minute cruise down the Hudson River on board the Estuary Steward, a comfortable passenger boat that will take you to Bannerman Island, where you learn about the island’s rich history
- Visit the famous Bannerman Castle ruins, Bannerman Garden and Bannerman Residence where you will learn about all things Bannerman
- 2.5 hour guided walking tour
- Roundtrip boat ride from Newburgh
Please wear comfortable shoes as there is some rough terrain on the walking portion of the tour. There is a 72-step climb from the dock to the start of the tour, though there are rest areas along the way. Guests may purchase snacks on board the Estuary Steward or bring their own food to eat on the boat. There are no picnics allowed on Bannerman Island.
Tours are non-refundable and not able to be rescheduled.
- 390 Ratings
We thought the boat ride and tour were a wonderful and fun experience. The boat ride was fun and the walking tour of the island was interesting. I would highly recommend the tour. I'm glad we departed from the Newburgh side. There are many good restaurants on the waterfront and we also went to the Newburgh brewery.
Pat was an excellent guide! Lots of information, interesting, and kept us 'moving'! It was also a beautiful day weatherwise- that was awesome too! I actually had reserved 2 for Next Sunday, and we arrived This past Sunday. Mr Caplan was MOST gracious to allow us to go, as there was enough room!! WHew!! The boat however, went to Beacon first, then turned to come across to Newburgh.. It did this coming Back as well..!! :o)... New captain "in training", We didn't mind the extra ride on the river!! Amazing what has been done by the Bannerman Trust on Pollepel Island!! Many many Kudos! Bannerman's Island was on my bucket list, and for 6 years we have been trying to get there.. SO happy, and it was a great and memorable day indeed!
My family enjoyed the tour and history very much.
Enjoyed everything from boat ride out and back to the tour of the island. The tour guide was excellent
Great boat ride and tour. Wonderful tour guide. We had a great day. Thank you!
It was a great way to spend the day. We had a nice boat ride over to the island, and a great tour once we were there. The crew of the boat, and our tour guide on the island were excellent. Both were very personable, knowledgeable, and enhanced the experience.
The $35 price was well worth the boat ride, plus the fascinating and informative tour of the island. Our guide was quite knowledgeable, easy to understand, and friendly. We'd definitely go back!
A lot of fun tid bits and facts that made it a lot of fun. Wish there were more fun stories about the place but it was really cool. I'd do it again.
We were a group of about 15 taking the 11:00 tour out of Newburgh...100% happy with everything. Starting with the boat ride to and from the island - fun, experienced captain and crew. They set the tone for a wonderful experience. Our island guide, Matt, made our tour fun and interesting.... He's a very good storyteller. The day was picture-perfect, not too hot, slightly breezy, and no bugs to bug us! The ruins are extremely photogenic, as are many of the plants, and the Hudson itself. Bring a camera!
Really great time. Great tour guides. Very informative and enjoyable.
other than the weather which cant be helped it was a great tour and very informative...I knew of the island but never the historical details...well done!
Docent was extremely knowledgeable and informative and answered all our questions. Was surprised at the beautiful gardens on the island. Can't wait to book the Farm Fresh Dinner to support the Trust
Staff was very informative both on the trip to and on the island. The ride was comfortable, the walking trails easy, the ruins and history made you want to know more. Well worth the time and money.
We had an excellent time! Boat ride over was great and the boat staff were extremely friendly and engaging. Tour guides on the island we also great and were very passionate about the history of the island. I am so glad we got to see a part of Hudson Valley and New York history up close. I hope renovations can continue on restoring the Bannerman Island buildings.
What a great trip for the family! Friendly tour guides and amazing views of the castle and homestead.
Learned a lot and a nice day to be on the water.
Beautiful setting. Can't wait to see it when it's restored.
What a wonderful tour! The tour guides have actually had personal experience with bannerman island. Their stories are fascinating. My husband and I can't wait to see how the island is restored moving forward. Take the tour!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Bannerman. The boat ride was fun and the island was beautiful. The tour guide on the island was very informative on the history of the island, which is fascinating. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.
This trip was awesome - the tour of the island was amazing - I would highly recommend it!
So glad I got the chance to take this tour. Very informative and beautiful. Definitely go if you get the opportunity.
We loved the history and sights on Bannerman Island. Our tour guide, Gary, was entertaining and informative . We had viewed the castle and island from the train for years and were so curious....! Disappointed with the fact we waited an hour to board due to lack of a captain. Greatful they called in a backup. Also felt it was a little more strenuous than advertised . However, we had a great time!
Wes was a great tour guide and we learned so much local history at this beautiful spot.