The Thousand Islands-Seaway region has breathtaking panoramas, romantic islands, historic attractions, exciting activities, relaxing cruises, and nearly 2000 picturesque islands making this region a vacationer's delight. Along the historic scenic byway -- the Seaway Trail -- islands set in the magnificent St. Lawrence Seaway and Lake Ontario's glistening blue bays plus 200 miles of picturesque coastline create spectacular vistas.
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During your stay at a St Lawrence Seaway, NY bed and breakfast, you can choose from a wide range of water-related activities on Lake Ontario: boating, cruises, boat tours, or rafting trips. The Salmon River in Pulaski is renowned for world-class fishing, or you can arrange a charter and be thrilled with the opportunity to catch trophy salmon, walleye, northern pike, perch, and bass. In Alexandria Bay, called "Alex" by locals, Uncle Sam Boat Tours' has double- and triple-deck boats that will take you past the many Victorian "cottages" of earlier wealthy landowners that dot the islands. Your tour will stop at romance-shrouded Boldt Castle on Heart Island, planned by George C. Boldt, former owner of the famous Waldorf Astoria hotel, for his wife, Louise. All work stopped, however, when Louise died suddenly in 1904. Today, the 120-room castle is being renovated according to the original plans. The Boldt Yacht House holds impressive antique boats.
On land, you can visit charming fishing villages, historic lighthouses, military museums, forts, and battlefields. Across from Alex, relax on the warm beaches at the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center at Wellesley Island State Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch and a guided hike or take some time to explore on your own. Enjoy a visit to the 1000 Islands Skydeck, an observation tower 400 feet above the St. Lawrence River, where on a clear day you can see, if not forever, at least for 40 miles. In Clayton, visit the Thousand Islands Museum and the Antique Boat Museum, and see a collection of boats that features birch bark canoes, early 1900s speedboats, and the personal boats of several U.S. Presidents. Sackett's Harbor celebrates one of the many battles of the war of 1812. The Frederic Remington Art Museum, located in Ogdensburg, is famous for its paintings, Dresden china, Victorian furnishings, bronzes, and sketches by the foremost artist of the Old West. The Oswego area has a variety of interesting attractions. Racing fans will enjoy the Oswego Speedway, which features classic cars, "super-modifieds," and "limited supers." The Energy Center, located in Lycoming, six miles northeast of Oswego, has energy-related, hands-on exhibits. The Richardson-Bates House Museum, an Italian villa decorated in the elaborate style of the 1890s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contains original furnishings and enchanting exhibits. Outdoor adventure continues in the winter with cross-county skiing and snowmobiling on the Tug Hill Plateau at the foothills of the Adirondacks.
The Thousand Islands-Seaway region is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. Book your New York State vacation today. Our member inns of ESBBA will make your stay most enjoyable.