Discover The Treasure...
With 1,864 islands, the 1000 Islands Region on the St. Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario areas combine to offer the perfect blend of business and pleasure.
Visitors have been coming to the area since the early 1800's, and it has become known as one of the East's most beautiful vacation destinations. Travelers from the United States, Canada and around the world come here each year to enjoy the breathtaking bodies of water, unique attractions, historic sites and world-class recreational opportunities.
This magnificent vacationland is also the perfect setting for meetings and conventions. Over a dozen resort and hotel properties offer conference services with meeting rooms that can accommodate groups of 25 to 1000. Additionally, there are recreational arenas that offer from 10,000 to 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, and a few unique locations for those looking for something a little less traditional.
Interstate 81 runs through the region making it easily accessible from throughout the Northeast and connects to Ontario's Highway 401 just north of the Canadian border. Watertown International Airport serves the 1000 Islands Region, including eastern Ontario, Canada, the St. Lawrence River Valley, Fort Drum, and the city of Watertown, New York. Convenient, daily service from Watertown International Airport to Philadelphia Airport offers a variety of flight connections.
Here, where the St. Lawrence meets Lake Ontario, watched over by Tibbett's Point Lighthouse, an archipelago of over 1,800 islands creates an unparalleled water recreation land. Boating, fishing, diving, and rafting are just a few of the everyday activities enjoyed here.
Scenic narrated boat tours meander through channels, between islands and under bridges from spring through fall, sharing the history of the region. Tour companies take visitors past fairytale castles, historic lighthouses and stately mansions that take you back to the area's heyday as a playground for the rich and famous. Stories of pirates and bootleggers, industry titans and secret societies await. Sightseeing cruises can include stops at Boldt and/or Singer Castle, and Rock Island Lighthouse. For a different option, take a lunch cruise or pair an evening sunset cruise with dinner on board.
From Alexandria Bay climb aboard a tour boat for an amazing view of the 1000 Islands. The young and young at heart can indulge in mini-golf, go-karts and arcades. More serious outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a round of golf, fly-boarding, a professionally guided fishing excursion or a guided scuba diving excursion.
Upriver, Clayton is the home of the Antique Boat Museum, the nation's largest freshwater watercraft collection. Nautical history is logged from the days that Natives were the only people to traverse these waters. Nearly 300 boats chronicle life on the St. Lawrence. The museum's grounds make an ideal location for a waterfront reception. Clayton's waterfront downtown is home to specialty shops, museums and al fresco dining options with a fantastic view. The Clayton Opera House has an outstanding lineup of performances ranging from country to classical. In addition, the building can be utilized as meeting space.
Sackets Harbor, overlooking Lake Ontario and sheltered on Black River Bay, was the main location for a military fort and boat building station during the War of 1812. Now the tree-lined streets of this heritage community welcomes visitors to discover its unique history and charming architecture. Modern construction and heritage buildings blend to create a picturesque village of antique shops, boutiques and waterfront restaurants. A visit to the State Battlefield Historic Site brings history to life on the shores of Lake Ontario.
Inland on the banks of the Black River, the city of Watertown is the urban center of Northern New York. It offers the modern convenience of national chain stores, restaurants and hotels, while co-existing with a community of independent shopping and locally owned restaurants. The mighty Black River, with its sharp turns and rocky caverns, winds through the city and affords whitewater enthusiasts outstanding challenges. Several rafting companies offer trips from early spring through fall for all levels of expertise.
With so much to see and do, we invite you to spend days exploring the possibilities of the beautiful 1000 Islands! We would be more than happy to assist you in planning your time here and making your meeting or conference the best it can be.