5 Ways to Enjoy Fall in the 1000 Islands

Autumn in the 1000 Islands is like few others. The sun’s rays warm the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario all summer, leading to warmer-than-you-expect fall temperatures perfect for that quick getaway vacation. Here’s 5 Ways to Enjoy your Fall Trip to the 1000 Islands:

1. Foliage Unlike Anywhere Else

The crystal clear waters of the St. Lawrence River reflect the reds, oranges and yellows of fall to create a mirrored, double-foliage effect in September and October. The easiest way to see the show is aboard a cruise with Clayton Island Tours or Uncle Sam Boat Tours. Both offer cruises daily through mid-October. Clayton Island Tours runs the Rock Island Lighthouse cruise through the end of September; it’s a perfect chance to see the lighthouse without the crowds of summer. Uncle Sam’s outings continue throughout fall, giving passengers the chance to see the colors both sides of the border … no passports necessary! Or grab the kids and head to the Zoo at New York, it’s open everyday through October!


aerial view of Bold Castle in the fall

2. Stop at Boldt Castle

Fall is the perfect time for a leisurely stroll around five-acre Heart Island to explore historic Boldt Castle. Gone are the summer crowds that keep visitors from diving deep into the story of George Boldt and his unfilled dream. Take a slower, more meaningful trip to Boldt Castle this fall and learn of one of the saddest love stories ever told. The castle is open through October 11, 2021.


3. A Weekend in Alexandria Bay

The heart of the 1000 Islands, Alexandria Bay is the go-to choice for a fall getaway. Casual waterfront restaurants, boat cruises, castle views and downtown shops keep visitors occupied for days. Come rediscover Alexandria Bay and see why so many are setting it atop their 1000 Islands’ list.


river walk with chairs in the fall

4.  A Stay to Remember

When in Clayton, check into the gorgeous 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. This 4-Diamond waterfront boutique hotel has stunning views, gorgeously appointed rooms and enough amenities to make you extend your fall stay. The outdoor patio bar and grill offer a panoramic view of the islands. Come enjoy luxury accommodations at off-season rates.


5. Get a Taste of the Islands

There’s no better time to savory the flavors of the islands than fall, when the grapes and grains for our wines, beers and spirits are harvested. Mix in a stop at a few of our countryside vineyards or downtown breweries and tasting rooms to add a new element to your 1000 Islands vacation. Look for festival weekends throughout the fall celebrating the harvest and changing of the seasons, check out a fall favorite, Brew at the Zoo!