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Top Choice Castle in Alexandria Bay

Boldt Castle

This Gothic gem, a replica of a German castle, was (partly) built by tycoon hotelier George C Boldt in the late 19th century. In 1904, however, midway through construction, Boldt's wife died suddenly, and the projec…
Top Choice Museum in Alexandria Bay

Antique Boat Museum

There are some gorgeous examples of boat-making craft on display at this waterside museum, where you can view the still-working antique boats and try your hand at rowing traditional wooden skiffs.
Castle in Lake Ontario & Thousand Islands

Singer Castle

This stone castle, on Dark Island in the middle of the St Lawrence River, was built in 1905 by American entrepreneur Frederick Bourne. It's full of secret passages and hidden doors and has a dungeon – all of which y…
Historic Site in Lake Ontario & Thousand Islands

Sackets Harbor Battlefield

Check the website for a full list of events that happen throughout the season at this historic battleground, including the War of 1812 Living History Weekend, usually at the end of July, when the battle reenactments…
Fort in Oswego

Fort Ontario State Historic Site

This impressive star-shaped fort was built in the 1840s on the ruins of three earlier fortifications dating back to the early 18th century. At the time of writing it was undergoing renovations. There are still excel…
Museum in Oswego

H Lee White Marine Museum

Full of detailed information about local maritime matters, as well as custodian of several interesting naval and commercial vessels (open for tours from mid-May to mid-September), including the tugboat USAT LT-5 Maj…
Museum in Lake Ontario & Thousand Islands

Frederic Remington Art Museum

The artist Frederic Remington (1861−1909) romanticized the American West in paintings and sculpture, as well as in his illustrations for high-profile magazines of his day such as Collier's and Harper's Weekly. The m…
State Park in Lake Ontario & Thousand Islands

Wellesley Island State Park

This 2363-acre park, at the southern tip of the eponymous island, is full of wildlife and has a nature center and a beautiful swimming beach. To reach it you'll need to cross the Thousand Islands International Bridg…
Bird Sanctuary in Oswego

Derby Hill Bird Observatory

Derby Hill, one of the premier hawk watching sites in the eastern US, sees an average of 40,000 of these birds of prey every spring, who use the thermals around the edge of Lake Ontario while migrating further north…
American in Lake Ontario & Thousand Islands

Tin Pan Galley

Pretty, wrought-iron tables and chairs in a blooming garden give the outdoor section of this all-day cafe a New Orleans feel. The menu offers the usual options from Caesar salad to filet mignon and Chilean sea bass.