New York is most commonly associated with New York City and fast urban environments. However, outside of the Big Apple, New York state offers a variety of attractions, from beautiful country landscapes to historic attractions. We’ve come up with a list of the top four places to visit in the picturesque St. Lawrence County, whether you’re a seasoned visitor or a first time tourist.
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Located on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence seaway, Singer Castle is one of the only fully completed, furnished, residential castles in the United States. Construction began in 1905 by the Bourne family, and the castle was lived in by the family for several decades before it was made into an attraction. The castle is reachable by a ferry and is one of the most unique attractions in St. Lawrence County.
You can get 45-minute guided tours that begin at $14.25 per adult and $6.25 for children 4 and up. Military discounts are available, and children under 4 get free admission. However, note that strollers are not allowed in the castle, so young children must be carried. The castle can be reached by ferry, such as the Schermerhorn Harbor Shuttle company, which departs from Hammond.
Frederic Remington Art Museum
The Frederic Remington Art Museum is found at 303 Washington St. in Ogdensburg. Frederic Remington is one of the most recognized artists of the “Old West” and achieved fame through his depictions of the western landscapes, cowboys, Native Americans, and wildlife found there. Remington traveled to the western United States often to collect inspiration for his paintings, and the museum has many of these items on display.
Admission for adults costs $9, while senior citizens and students can get in for $8. Visitors under 16 are admitted for free, and AAA members get a $1 discount.
St. Lawrence County is home to not one, but two castles. Boldt Castle is located on Heart Island in the Thousand Islands of the St Lawrence River and is home to one of the most tragic love stories of the early 20th century. The story begins in 1900 by millionaire George C. Boldt, who intended the castle for his bride. She passed away only a few months into the construction and, overcome by grief, Boldt abandoned construction, and the property sat vacant for 70 years. Boldt castle is now one of the most popular attractions in the county.
The castle can be reached via ferry and admission for adults is $9 for just the castle, $12 for both the yacht club and the castle. Tickets for children ages 5-12 cost $6 for just the castle and $7 for the yacht club and castle package.
Fort De La Présentation
This historic fort, dating back to the 18th century, is located at Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg. With daily guided tours and battle reenactments, as well as a reconstruction of a Native American village and greenspace restoration, the fort is an enjoyable destination for the whole family. Admission is free, save for special events: check the website for individual event pricing. The schedule online is frequently updated with information on reenactments, learning activities, and other special events that are perfect for casual visitors and history buffs alike.
St. Lawrence County is home to some of the most interesting destinations from America’s past and is well worth a visit, whether you’re coming in from out of state or are a New York native.