Destination guide

Thousand Islands offers plenty to see and do

The countless islets and rocks that pepper the channels of the St Lawrence River have long inspired the wonder of travelers. Some are but a clustering of stone above the water, their lone trees silhouetted against red-pink sunsets in the evening. Others are large, topped with dramatic Gothic castles or mysterious fraternity lodges. Others are enticing getaways, with Thousand Islands vacation rentals with timber decks and private coves. And others are given over entirely to nature, with blue heron rookeries and fish-laden creeks dotting their backcountry.

Things to do

Castles and forts in the Thousand Islands

Transport yourself to the tumultuous times of 1812 and the Revolutionary War with a visit to the Sacket Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, or the Fort Ontario State Historic Site _ places where great conflicts of American history have unfolded on the St Lawrence waters. Then, be sure to hop between the local cider farms, maple syrup presses, or wineries, sipping on the finest Thousand Islands tipples. And no matter how inebriated you are after it all, Boldt Castle is not to be missed _ get ready for fairy-tale turrets and Gothic towers galore.


Hopping between the Thousand Islands

Get ready to hit the water on that trip to the Thousand Islands. With so many places to see, it would be a crime not to board a boat tour and weave from shore to shore seeking out the sights. Keep your eyes peeled for great herons and majestic country castles as you go _ they lurk in the forested coves. Cider tasting sessions or cooking lessons with the fruits of the regional orchards are a great way to while away days in the harvest season, while summertime can also be about sunning yourself on the hidden sand beaches.


Thousand Islands thaw and freeze

There's no question that Thousand Islands vacation rentals are at their most coveted in the middle of the North American summer. That's when visitors from all over Ontario and New York State flock to the boat harbors to ride the waves of the St Lawrence River, enjoying the warmth of months like June, July, and August as they go. However, don't discount a winter trip to these icy parts _ some islands look like veritable wonderlands in the snow, and ice rinks pop up all over the shores from December to March.

Natural features

Surrounded by water in the Thousand Islands

The Thousand Islands peak their heads over the waters of the mighty St Lawrence River as it gushes between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic. Much of the Canadian side of the archipelago is protected under the Thousand Islands National Park, which has rare freshwater turtle species, forested shorelines, and wild camping spots aplenty. In the US, the region is spattered with more state parks than you can shake a hotdog at. You could get Thousand Islands vacation rentals on Wellesley Island to go glamping on the edge of untouched lakes, or settle in Keewaydin State Park for something a little closer to civilization.

How to get there

How to get to and around Thousand Islands

The nearest airport is in Kingston, ON (YGK-Norman Rogers), located 17.5 mi (28.2 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Watertown, NY (ART-Watertown Intl.), which is 20.2 mi (32.6 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Thousand Islands?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 416 vacation rentals near Thousand Islands. From 170 Houses to 165 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Thousand Islands for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Thousand Islands?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Thousand Islands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • United States: 555,751 vacation rentals
  • Canada: 31,229 vacation rentals
  • Ontario: 8,673 vacation rentals
  • Adirondack Mountains: 2,669 vacation rentals
  • New York: 17,772 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Thousand Islands! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Thousand Islands?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Thousand Islands:

  • Ottawa: 342 rentals
  • Old Forge: 164 rentals
  • Alexandria Bay: 196 rentals
  • Clayton: 204 rentals
  • Kingston: 208 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Thousand Islands?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Thousand Islands are:

  • Brockville, ON (XBR-Thousand Islands Regional Tackaberry): 49 vacation rentals
  • Alexandria Bay, NY (AXB-Maxson Airfield): 209 vacation rentals
  • Smiths Falls, ON (YSH-Montague): 29 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Thousand Islands?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Thousand Islands. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Thousand Islands Winery: 180 rentals
  • Lake Ontario Playhouse: 78 rentals
  • Southwick Beach State Park: 75 rentals
  • Wellesley Island State Park: 232 rentals
  • Boldt Castle: 209 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Thousand Islands listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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