1000 Islands Group Tours

Group Contact Name: Tillie Youngs, Sales Manager

Group Contact Email: tillie@visit1000islands.com

Phone: (315) 482-2520

Toll Free: (800) 847-5263

Website: www.tour1000.com

The 1000 Islands International Tourism Council is pleased to help you plan your group’s next adventure to the 1000 Islands. We strive to make all tours to the 1000 Islands memorable for your guests.  Over 1,800 lush, green islands in the majestic blue waters of the St. Lawrence River and eastern Lake Ontario will mesmerize while our attractions will entertain and educate.

Please contact us if you need assistance connecting with group friendly lodging and attractions.   Sample itineraries and professional photos available.

Boldt Castle: Home to the saddest true love story ever told. Wander the corridors of this magnificent six-story, 120-room castle and imagine what could have been if tragedy hadn’t struck the family. This island home is one of the region’s most incredible buildings and is a testament to the wealth of the Gilded Age. Although the home was never lived in by the family, the Boldt trademark is seen throughout.

Boat Tours: What better way to experience the 1000 Islands than by boat? Scenic, personally narrated cruises wind among the islands, through the channels, beneath the bridge and into the memories of all who ride. Lunch, Dinner and Entertainment cruises available.

  • Alexandria Bay: Touring the islands for five generations, Uncle Sam Boat Tours has the largest fleet of boats on the St. Lawrence. 1-hour and 2 ¼-hour sightseeing cruises, tours to Boldt and Singer Castles. Open air decks and heated, enclosed lower decks for all-weather enjoyment.
  • Clayton: Touring the river for more than a decade, Clayton Island Tours is the exclusive provider for tours to Rock Island Lighthouse. Smaller boats offer the opportunity for more customized programs and private group tours. Specialty cruises such as lunch, dinner, wine-tasting tours and more sets this company apart.

Singer Castle: If you are thinking Singer Sewing Machines, you’re correct. Frederick Bourne, the company’s fifth President built an island fishing and hunting lodge. This 28-room mansion castle includes a secret passage way and other oddities for a turn-of-the-century family retreat.

Rock Island Lighthouse: This small island near the Thousand Islands Bridge houses one of the region’s oldest lighthouses. Now owned and preserved by NYS Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the 50-foot lighthouse and the keeper’s home are restored and available for touring. The museum within the home features life as a lighthouse keeper and chronicles the men and women that lived there.

Sackets Harbor Battlefield: Site of two bloody battles during the War of 1812, this land and its stewards have many stories to share. The furnished Commandant’s House and the Navy yard Grounds provide exhibits to interpret life as a soldier and sailor during wartime. Re-enactments take place throughout the summer season.

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse: This historic light is accessible by motorcoach as it sits on land where Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River meet. Special tours of the grounds can be pre-arranged.

Antique Boat Museum: The nation’s largest fresh water, personal watercraft museum. Trained docents walk your group through the campus recreating history in their stories of life on the St. Lawrence. Boats range from small, native dugout canoes to massive mahogany cruisers. Watch the workers as they restore a piece from the collection or recreate an antique runabout.

Paddock Mansion: Home to the Jefferson County Historical Society this mansion is a classic Victorian style home full of regional memorabilia about the region. The grounds also house a log cabin, one-room schoolhouse and Victorian gardens.

Whitewater Rafting: The Black River flowing through Watertown offers some of the best Class III-IV waves in New York State. Serviced by four rafting companies who can cater trips to the skill levels of your group.