Singer Castle
Singer Castle
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A part of American history and local folklore meet at Singer Castle on Dark Island, located on the St. Lawrence River. Singer Castle is the only remaining/existing castle on our river to be completed, fully furnished and lived in during the heyday of the great builders and industrialists in New York. The castle is open for tours from mid-May - early October. It is also available for overnight stays in the Royal Suite and weddings and special events.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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CiaoBella112
Highland, NY74 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Our transportation and admission to Singer Castle was through a boat tour that we took with Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours. We had read about the history of the castle and its connection to Frederick Bourne, President of Singer Sewing Machine. There was a 45-minute narrated tour of the home and property by a very knowledgeable guide. The flow of visitors was well controlled and paced.

We knew that the property had fallen into disrepair and had been taken over by a group of foreign investors. Because of this, we expected the property to be in better shape, but we were frankly underwhelmed by what we saw. The renovations were not particularly extensive and some of the furnishings were downright dowdy and drab. What surprised us even more was when we learned that this property was a big wedding venue and romantic getaway spot. Perhaps the investments went into rooms and wings we did not see. Regardless, it’s not a place we would consider staying overnight based on what we did see.
Written 30 September 2021
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pamstergazelle
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Lots of neat secret passageways, beautiful interior finishes and architecture but……

It was very difficult to hear the tour guide outdoors because the group was so large. He was walking and talking and if you were at the end of the line, you missed the entire outdoor tour.

My advice would be for the tour guide to gather in a group, talk about the history/buildings etc and then move to the next location and repeat. It was easier to hear inside.

The facility itself isn’t really well maintained and all of the windows are dirty and loaded with spiderwebs and spiders. Ick. The beautiful views were hampered by this.

If you only have time for one castle, skip this one and go to Boldt. It is beautiful, well maintained, and ADA compliant.
Written 7 August 2022
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CaribbeanCruiser86
Buffalo, NY180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was my first time coming to Singer Castle and it was a great tour. Our tour guide (forgot his name) was a beyond fantastic! He was only 16 or 17 years old and man did he know his stuff, very knowledgeable! He had humor too which was nice. The home itself was beautiful, very well maintained too. I was not expecting to have a guided tour but it was nice as I know I would have rushed through the house not gaining any information as I did with the tour. If you visit 1000 islands, make sure to take a boat trip out to this one you won't regret it.
Written 25 August 2021
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Shawn H
Washington DC, DC408 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We came here on an Uncle Sam Boat Tour and really enjoyed on our time at the castle. We were greeted shortly after the boat by an excellent tour guide, with tours well organized so you can all see the island and house. The story of the construction of this home, full of secret passages, trap doors, odd turn of the century technologies (light bath!), and luxury living from another era make this a worthwhile adventure. The place has a small gift/snack shop on the dock in an old boat house as well while you wait for the return trip. I would love to go back to spend a night at the property and have the site to ourselves to explore.
Written 14 September 2021
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rrohr1
Philadelphia, PA47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It takes an hour to reach the castle by boat, with a lot of interesting sights along the way. No food or drink is allowed on the island. Once there, you will be assigned to a tour guide. The house has been fully restored and provides an excellent view of how the upper class lived. There is a long climb from the boat dock to the castle, and three flights of stairs once inside, so this is not a trip for the frail.
Written 31 July 2022
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Barb121212
Fort Myers, FL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you have the opportunity it is well worth spending the night. Once tourists are gone for the day the caretaker takes you to your room for you to get settled. When ready, you meet back up with him for a grand tour. Again, you go and relax or walk the grounds - whatever you wish to do till dinner is served. The caretaker also serves the dinner which is just delicious. After dinner, you are on your own to do as you please throughout the castle. It is an experience that my husband and I will always remember. Again so worth the cost of the stay. Actually went in 6/2019 but wasn't a choice for when did you go. Never wrote a review back then as I never thought of it.
Written 16 June 2022
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DisneyDarwin
Spring, TX1,156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We came with Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours and had a guided 1 hour tour. The castle is very interesting and quite beautiful, including a squash court, therapy room, rose garden, armory room and secret passages. Much better than the norm.
Written 26 May 2023
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Bella D
Buffalo, NY39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Loved the tour set up through Uncle Sams Boat Tours. Guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Felt a little rushed with not enough time gor gift shop. Woman clerk there was not friendly and sharply talked to us. Wish more was available there like a magnet, mug, etc with castle image on it as well as a variety of postcards. Disappointed with the shop staff and what was offered.
Written 11 October 2020
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theschihls
49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
Don’t miss Singer Castle on your trip to the Thousand Islands! It is a totally different experience than Boldt Castle. I would recommend taking one of the morning shuttles from Schermerhorn Harbor Marina to avoid the crowds with Uncle Sams in the afternoon.
The guided tour is fun and informative for all ages. All of the furniture (but none of the artwork) is original to the home. We loved learning about how and why the Castle was built as well as its interesting ownership history. Of course the highlight of the tour was the secret passageways! Our awesome tour guide, Garrett, even took us through one that led from the wine cabinet to the library!
Written 1 July 2018
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JuneNY
1,603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I loved this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable and we could tell that he likes his job. The inside of the castle is beautiful, and I loved seeing the secret passages.
Written 22 July 2023
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