The Thousand Islands is a great region that allows you to get away from the busy city. There are plenty of activities for everyone: scuba diving, boat tours & rentals, winery tours and so much more. We took the opportunity to visit the American side of the Thousand Islands in upstate New York. It was also a great way to celebrate our first year wedding anniversary. This is how we spent a weekend in the Thousand Islands.
Get out on the water
It would be a crime to not get out on the water in some form and visit a few islands. There are many boat, canoe and kayak rentals in the area from which to take advantage. We stopped in Chippewa Bay to rent a canoe from Riverbay Boat and Kayak Rental. It’s ideal due to its location in a bay that shelters canoers and kayakers from the larger waves and boat traffic of the main thoroughfare of the St. Lawrence.
Visit a castle
There are a few castles on different islands in the region. The most famous is Boldt Castle on Heart Island. The castle was built in the early 1900’s as a monument of Boldt’s love for his wife. The European medieval castle, complete with towers and turrets will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time. The entire experience is stunning: the perfect lawns and gardens; the beautifully styled and newly renovated interior; and stunning detail. Hop on the ferry in Alexandria Bay for a short 10 minute ride to Heart Island.
Taste a new beer, wine or spirit
The Thousand Islands region has many wineries, breweries and distilleries. You will surely find something you’ll enjoy. Wood Boat Brewery in Clayton offers delicious craft beer and gourmet pizzas. Coyote Moon in Clayton has a great selection of wine and a beautiful patio overlooking the St. Lawrence.
Cycle to a lighthouse
The lighthouse in Cape Vincent is located all the way at the end of County Route 6. It’s a flat, but windy road road along the St. Lawrence perfect for cycling. The lighthouse marks the end of Lake Ontario and the beginning of the St. Lawrence river. There is plenty of space for a picnic lunch.