Wellesley Island State Park

New York

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 Bridge (toll $3).

Camping options here are excellent, with riverfront tent sites, cabins and family cottages. Be mindful of phone usage on the island: its proximity to the border means you might accidentally pick up Canadian cell service.

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1. Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

0.34 MILES

A focal point of the Wellesley Island State Park, this nature center includes a museum and miles of hiking trails, including ones to the shoreline, as…

2. 1000 Islands Tower

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3. Frontenac Arch Biosphere

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4. Thousand Islands Arts Center

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5. Thousand Islands Museum

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6. Antique Boat Museum

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7. Boldt Castle

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8. Boldt Castle

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