Boldt Castle Opens for the SeasonPosted: Updated:
Boldt Castle is back in business. After six months off, the attraction which sits in the heart of the Thousand Islands opened its doors.
Opening weekend brought both returning visitors and some first-timers.
Suzanne Milazzo visited from Maine.
"We've planned it for so long. We were hoping that we wouldn't have to cancel for any reason," Milazzo said. "We're just very excited to be here."
"I remembered the story. It made enough of an impression that I can see what's different from 10 years ago," said Rebecca Duval, visiting from Plattsburgh.
New this year is restoration to the Alster Tower.
Plus, a new fountain is also in the works. It will be built with granite that was once owned by George Boldt. That project should get completed next year.
However, one thing employees won't able to ignore, the rising levels of the St. Lawrence River.
You can already start to see some flooding along the edge of the castle property. Staff members said they do have preparations in place. They're also expecting potentially worse conditions than what happened here two years ago.
"We have one season of this experience under our belt," said Boldt Castle curator Jessica Phinney. "We know what worked, what didn't work and we're able to take steps in advance to make sure it doesn't interrupt our season."
Risers were installed on dockage surrounding the property so visitors can travel safely to and from Heart Island.
The castle is coming off its sixth highest attended season last year. Staff is hoping for those numbers again.
"We are really optimistic. Our visitors are resilient and we think it's going to be another great year," Phinney said.
This season, doors are scheduled to stay open through October.