10 Ways to Enjoy the 1000 Islands Without Worrying About Water Levels

The water is up. You know that; we know that. But there are a ton of fun things to do in the 1000 Islands that are completely unaffected by the water. Not sure where to begin? Here’s 10 things to get you started:

1. Head baaaaack to the farm

Old McDonald’s Farm in Sackets Harbor is unlike any petting zoo you’ve wandered. Located on an actual working dairy farm, Old McDonald’s has more than 1,000 animals. A thousand! Add mini golf, hay wagon rides, an indoor snack parlor and you’re set.Cow and boy

2. Get a taste of adventure

Want some thrills? Try flyboarding! You strap a water-powered jet to your feet and soar above the water. Wanna stay on land? Spencer Valley Zip Lines. It’s less than 10 miles from Alexandria Bay. Don’t overlook Skywood Eco Adventure, a complete treetop adventure park that includes ziplines and aerial walking challenges plus a kids’ course. It’s all located in Mallorytown on the 1000 Islands Parkway.

3. The food and drink scene

Your old favorites are still here, but we’ve added some gourmet dining and downtown lounges as well as laid-back fun stops that are quickly becoming favorites. We’re growing wineries, distilleries and breweries like they’re cold hardy grapes: they’re popping up everywhere.
coyote moon vineyards lounge act

4. Pick your lines

Burn rubber on New York’s longest go-kart track! ABay 500 is more than a mile long and is fully lit for night driving. This is a legit go-kart track. Full arcade and mini golf are on site too!

5. Submerged dock got you angry? Kayak float away? Relax!

Massages, manicures, pedicures and more located right on the water. Ask to have the shades drawn and enjoy the view while being pampered.

6. Learn a new craft or skill!

Sit-in on a ceramics class or paint a river scene. Let the kids finger paint, sew and cut out all sorts of animals and nautical-themed objects at the Thousand Islands Arts Center – helps anyone find their inner creative side. Learn about knot-tying, paddle making or rowing at the Antique Boat Museum, which also offers speedboat rides in antique boats if you prefer to let someone else do the driving!

Arts Center classes

7. Drive-on in

…to a Drive-in movie theatre. We have more than one to choose from. Fun for the entire family.


8. Work on that short game

Miniature golf courses are a great way to spend a few hours with the family on a sunny day instead of sitting on the dock. Be sure to check out the new courses popping up in the area. River Golf Adventures now has bumper boats (we can’t contain our excitement over this) as well as a treasure dig and driving range.
mini-golf at River Golf Adventures

9. Take a hike

Get it? Waterfront trails…country trails…both…we’ve got trails everywhere. If competition is your thing, bring the sneakers and run in one of the 5k races throughout the summer. We’ll have you back by noon so you have the rest of the day to explore.
Otter Creek Trail

10. Ride the waves!

Whitewater rafting! An activity that benefited from all of the rain! The Black River in Watertown, NY, offers up heart-pounding Class III-IV rapids that can be enjoyed as part of a group rafting trip with one of four professional outfitter companies. Daredevil kayakers enjoy the Black River too but you’d better be experienced!
whitewater rafting

We could go on and on with this list. The truth is, very few of our attractions are impacted by the high water. Don’t be swayed by the news reports. So come explore, learn and indulge in the 1000 Islands this year.