Welcome to Lake Ontario & Thousand Islands

To downstate New Yorkers, this region is the source of the Thousand Islands salad dressing made of ketchup, mayonnaise and relish. In fact, it's a scenic wonderland along Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River speckled with 1864 islands of all shapes and sizes either side of the US–Canada maritime border. The area was a Gilded Age playground for the rich; now it's more populist. Pros: beautiful sunsets, good-value... Read More

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$24 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Clayton St Lawrence River Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise

You will board the Night Heron, an amazing glass-bottomed boat, and get an unparalleled view of underwater life in the clean waters of the St. Lawrence River. Next, you'll get up close and personal to the islands as you travel to Rock Island in Fisher’s Landing. As the Night Heron glides through the water peer through the glass to see native fish and underwater wonders. Share the experience as your naturalist narrators tell the history of the area and spot wildlife – Ospreys, Eagles, Blue Herons, Deer, Muskrats, Minks and many more animals that are unique among the 1000 Islands. Docking at Rock Island you may climb to the top of the lighthouse tower and enjoy the panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River including the American Span of the 1000 Islands Bridge. Visit the Museum and Gift Shop in the lighthouse keepers cottage, and walk on one of the 1000 Islands! Rock Island Lighthouse is located in the Thousand Islands about 4.5 miles northeast of Clayton, Jefferson County, New York, off of Fisher’s Landing. Originally commissioned in 1847, it is one of six lights put up along the St. Lawrence River to guide traffic to and from Lake Ontario through the waterway. The Rock Island station is the best preserved, as all of its structures still survive. It was refitted in 1855, rebuilt in 1882, and moved in 1903. The light was closed in 1955 after more a century of service. Today, the lighthouse and island are maintained by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.After an hour or so, get back on the boat and enjoy the natural beauty of the Thousand Islands as you head back to Clayton.

$150 Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Trip

This day tour starts with a pickup from any Niagara Falls, New York hotel or in front of the Hard Rock Cafe, located on the American side of the Falls. Then head to the iconic waterfalls on a small-group tour for up to six passengers. Enjoy the view from a variety of angles. Board the famous Maid of the Mist boat for an exciting cruise to the edge of the thundering Falls. It's the experience of a lifetime.Also on this tour, make a short visit to learn about the origin of the Falls. Some sites will include the famous Floral Clock and Botanical Gardens on the Niagara Parkway, the Thousand Islands, and the Whirlpool Rapids. Enjoy the day with a local driver/guide. The tour package is approximately 3-to-4 hours, including the time for the Maid of the Mist or the Niagara Adventure Theater (in the winter time, the Maid of the Mist will be substituted with the Niagara Theater).

$175 Tours & Sightseeing

Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour with Lunch or Dinner

After a pickup from any Niagara Falls, New York hotel, begin this private tour of Niagara Falls, USA. Enjoy the rushing waterfalls from many different views; the falls are very powerful and are a sight to remember. Board the famous Maid of the Mist boat for an exciting ride to the edge of the falls. Feel the thunderous power of the water and mist. This is one of the most exciting parts of the day. A light pancho is provided for protection from the elements.Also, make a short visit to learn more about the origin of the Falls. Some sites will include the popular Floral Clock, a unique timepiece photographed almost as often as Niagara Falls itself, and the Botanical Gardens along the scenic Niagara Parkway. Also, learn about the Thousand Islands and the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids. Finally, the tour ends at the Tony Roma's restaurant Niagara Falls.