1000 Islands, New York
The Thousand Islands is an archipelago of islands located 30 miles northwest of Watertown and 90 miles north of Syracuse. It stretches across the Canada-U.S. border along the Saint Lawrence River and the eastern shores of Lake Ontario.
In the U.S., the 1000 Islands extend from Oswego to Massena, and inland to the stunning Adirondack Mountains and the communities surrounding Adirondack Park. (The islands extend from Kingston to Cornwall in Canada). The "heart of the Thousand Islands," however, remains its "tri-cities": the small towns of Clayton, Cape Vincent and, particularly, Alexandria Bay and its Heart Island.
Things to Do in Thousand Islands New York
The Thousand Islands is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Go for a boat ride, take advantage of the great fishing, hop on a hayride with the family, take a cruise, go shopping dockside, check out the historical attractions - like Boldt Castle in Heart Island (Alexandria Bay) - and so much more. There are endless activities, from the more adventurous to the relaxing and educational.
If you're into camping, Thousand Islands, New York, is the place to go. In particular, Wellesley Island State Park, which is located on the St. Lawrence River, is the largest park in the region. There you'll find winterized cabins, 429 campsites, a golf course and marina, as well as one of the finest outdoor education centres in New York State - the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center.
Finally, the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton is a great place to visit. There you'll find antique wooden boats either built or used in the Thousand Islands - including the LaDuchess, George Boldt's own houseboat - as well as fascinating exhibits about the maritime culture.
When to Travel
The Thousand Islands, New York, is primarily a summer destination, since the river freezes over in the winter and the temperature drops to below freezing. In fact, many of the restaurants and accommodations are open only from Memorial Day to the middle of October.
If you're there in August, don't miss Alexandria Bay's Pirate Days, when everyone gets to be a pirate! Harrrr!
Thousand Islands Trivia
Q.What famous salad dressing got its name from this region?
A. Thousand Island Dressing, of course!