60 Miles of Undiscovered Fun
Along the St. Lawrence River
Journey along 60 miles of undiscovered fun on the St. Lawrence River in the 1000 Islands and check out the top thirteen summer picks of must do adventures.
1. Escape the heat at the Frederic Remington Art Museum
For those rainy or too hot to handle summer days, escape to the Frederic Remington Art Museum and immerse yourself in the sculptures, paintings, sketches, and life of Frederic Remington. Looking for something family friendly, no worries, check out the Eva Caten Remington Education Center which is adjacent to the Museum. The education center provides interactive exhibits and activity space that is engaging for all ages.
2. Stroll along the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail
Dive into local history, beauty, and camaraderie with a trek along the Hammond Barn Quilt Trail. Attend the Barn Quilt Garden Tour on Saturday July 14th and wander your way through twelve beautiful gardens featuring barn quilts, local wine, and a chance to win a “Garden Mini” barn quilt.
3. Grab a drink at Bella-Brooke Vineyard
Enjoy live music while sipping on refreshing wine slushies at the intimate Bella-Brooke Vineyard during a hot summer day. A coveted stop on the St. Lawrence Wine Trail, a tasting in the renovated rustic barn is always a tasty treat, especially as you overlook gorgeous Black Lake.
4. Paddle with the Riverbay Adventure Inn
Hop in a kayak for rent and paddle through scenic preserves or scuba dive and explore wrecks in the St. Lawrence River with the Riverbay Adventure Inn. Whether it be fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, scuba diving, or flying in a hot air balloon to see aerial views of the local area, you’ll be sure to escape the grind of the real world and catch your breath while embarking on an action-packed adventure.
5. Have a day of play at the Jacques Cartier State Park
Cool off and take a swim at the sandy beach, rent a boat, or walk one of the many nature trails at Jacques Cartier State Park. The park is the perfect spot to get together with friends and family and devote a day to picnic and play lawn games. So, don’t forget to grab your swimsuit, a set of cornhole, and something to grill before spending a day at this New York State park.
6. Delve into nature at the Gateway Museum
Stroll along the new boardwalk at the Morristown Redbarn Preserve to see picturesque views and wildlife or visit the Gateway Museum to check out the new exhibit, Big Fish, which is expected to open in late June. Trips to the museum shouldn’t just be scheduled for the weekend though, catch the summer concert series every Monday night for a fun way to kick off your week!
7. Explore Singer Castle
Hop aboard a water shuttle to explore Singer Castle located on Dark Island and the mysteries and fun lurking within. Discover secret passageways within the walls, hear local folklore, and experience the lifestyle of the past. Be treated like royalty with a stay in the Royal Suite including a catered dinner in the tearoom and beautiful views overlooking the American channel and boathouse.
8. Golf at St. Lawrence State Park
Enjoy the sweeping views while playing golf at St. Lawrence State Park. The nine-hole course can be played twice from different tees to create an 18-hole round. So, grab a friend and hit the course to swing right into summer.
9. Sip on a cool drink at the River Myst Winery
Cool off from the summer heat with a famous wine slushy from the River Myst Winery, another stop on the St. Lawrence Wine Trail. Try flavors like Kickin’ Concord, Chillin Cherry, and Naughty Niagara and have the choice between a pitcher or a glass.
10. Camp out at Coles Creek State Park
The perfect spot to pitch a tent and camp out for few nights, Coles Creek State Park has the option of wooded and open campsites located near a swimming beach on the St. Lawrence River. It is the perfect spot for boating and fishing with a marina right on the mouth of Coles Creek just north of the park entrance.
11. Soak up the sun at Lisbon Beach
Settle into a spacious and grassy campsite overlooking the St. Lawrence River at Lisbon Beach and Campground. Not staying the night, no worries, this family friendly spot provides a swimming beach and swim lessons for both campsite residents and day visitors. Tucked off of the highway, this quiet beach and campground is the perfect escape for a hot day or weekend adventure.
12. Observe ships at Eisenhower Locks
Watch from the observation deck at the Seaway Visitors’ Center at the Eisenhower Lock as commercial vessels and cruise ships transit the lock. After, stop by the gift shop to shop local vendors and Seaway memorabilia.
13. Go birding at the Robert Moses State Park and Nature Center
Meet the resident wildlife as you learn about nature both inside and outside of the Massena Nature Center. With interactive exhibits, an arched turtle tank, indoor pond, 1000 gallon aquarium, and nature trails, the Nature Center located in Robert Moses State Park is exciting for the whole family. Make sure not to miss the free events and activities that are free of charge and run through the summer!