October 20, 2017

Queen for a Day: 6 U.S. Castles to Visit this Summer

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Boldt Castle

Did you know that there is a castle smack dab in the middle of Central Park? Yes, Central Park, as in New York City. It’s Belvedere Castle and I took my girls there over the weekend. It offers incredible views of the park, by the way, and is even used today by the National Weather Service to take measurements.

While never a “real” castle, Belvedere Castle did satisfy my desire to see a castle (the same desire I’ve had since watching the royal wedding back in April). It also made me want to find out more about castles that may be in the United States, and there are definitely a few worth checking out. Here are a handful of my favorites.

  • Boldt Castle (Alexandria Bay, NY): Located on Heart Island at the Canadian border, 120-room Boldt Castle is open for self-guided tours from mid-May through mid-October. Be sure to watch the 15-minute presentation for a look at the lifestyles of the original owner, George Boldt, proprietor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, and his wife, Louise.
  • Gillette Castle (East Haddam, CT): Located inside Gillette Castle State Park, this 24-room mansion  was designed to look like a medieval castle. Look out for hidden mirrors and hand-carved door latches on the castle’s 47 doors. No two are alike. Self-guided castle tours are offered from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day.
  • Loveland Castle (Loveland, OH): Also known as Chateau Laroche, this castle sits along the banks of the Little Miami River. Loveland Castle was built by Harry Andrews to honor the Knights of the Golden Trail. Today, families can enjoy Scout OverNights (for youth groups and scout troops), as well as Knights Tournaments, which take place on the third Saturday of each month through September.
  • Shea’s Castle (Antelope Valley, CA): Designed to look like a medieval Irish castle, Shea’s Castle is not technically available for public tours, but it is up for sale and so anyone can drive by to see this castle. Once owned by Roy Rogers and used for movies such as “Dracula’s Castle,” it’s a beautiful site to see.
  • Singer Castle (Chippewa Bay, NY): Enjoy a 45-minute guided tour of Singer Castle on Dark Island from mid-June through mid-October (only open on weekends after Labor Day). Built in 1905, this is the only castle on the St. Lawrence Seaway to be completed and resided in during the Industrial Revolution.

Have you visited a castle in the United States? I’d love to hear which ones you recommend.

Comments

  1. Thank you so much for your article!

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