Thousand Islands, New York, situated in an archipelago with more than 1,800 islands in the St. Lawrence River, is an ideal destination for group tours to explore the water. Groups can embark on narrated cruises lasting from one to five hours, with themes ranging from rumrunners and pirates to tours highlighting castles and lighthouses. Book your group a cruise with 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises in Brockville.


Visit Boldt Castle and Boldt Yacht House, the historic summer playground of the world-famous proprietor George C. Boldt, on Heart Island. Groups will hear heart-wrenching stories of the castle’s construction by docents around the 5-acre island full of manicured gardens and brick-paved walkways. In contrast, see the smaller Singer Castle on Dark Island, the region’s only finished and lived-in castle built over 100 years ago.


Groups can visit and learn about various War of 1812 sites in the village of Sackets Harbor, where the United States Navy was based at the time. More than 100 buildings survived the war and still stand strong from the early 1800s for tour groups to see. Groups can take guided tours of the village presented by someone who lives and works there. Visit the nation’s largest freshwater Antique Boat Museum in Clayton and see more than 300 boats on display.


Get your group off the water and explore the countryside of Thousand Islands with the “1000 Islands Agricultural Tour.” On this fun and scenic tour, groups can visit more than a dozen farms, wineries, and crop stands; get up close with farm animals; and taste award-winning wines made from grapes grown on the Thousand Islands-Seaway Wine Trail.


1000 Islands International Tourism Council


Main Image: Boldt Castle and Yacht House on Heart Island, Thousand Islands, New York; Credit: 1000 Islands International Tourism Council