Attractions in Cape Vincent, New York

Attractions in Cape Vincent, New York
Rich in history, Cape Vincent, New York is where "the river meets the lake." Situated on both the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, Indians once roamed the 1,000 Islands region, and even Napoleon is rumored to have considered taking refuge here from his troubles in Europe. Today, Cape Vincent welcomes visitors who enjoy the mild climate, or wish to explore the water and other outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking or snorkeling.

Horne's Ferry

Horne's Ferry is the only car and passenger ferry connecting the United States with Canada. A beautiful, historic shortcut, passengers often get close up looks at "Lakers" and "Ocean Liners" (depending on where they sail, on the Great Lake or the ocean). Enjoy the ride for the view and atmosphere, or take it as a shortcut to Canada. Two separate rides are involved in the crossing--the first leg crosses half the St. Lawrence River to Wolfe's island. A short 10-minute drive crosses the island to the next ferry, which delivers you to Canada. This way, you can avoid the long customs lines between the United States and Canada, but also the hour long drive to enter Canada. Plus, there's no other crossing that feels so "back to nature." Additionally, Wolfe's Island is one of the perfect spots in the area to hike, bike and explore.

Horne's Ferry
End of James Street
Cape Vincent, NY 13618
(315) 783-0638---ferry (New York)
(613) 385-2402---office and ferry (Ontario)
hornesferry.com

Clayton Island Tours

From Memorial Day through September, there's no better way to see the beauty of the waters and surrounding land than to take a Clayton Island Tour. Professional tour guides conduct and narrate the 1.5- or 3-hour tours, showing magnificent and historic sites such as lighthouses, island homes, Great Lakes freighters and the Thousand Islands International Bridge up close. Stops for island shopping and to see Boldt Castle are also available. Clayton provides photo opportunities, and cruises areas of the 1,000 Islands not seen on other cruises. Clayton is also available for private charters and parties, and can create a custom itinerary. Special events also include The Clayton River Festival showcasing the St. Lawrence River, and Clayton Fireworks Cruises. Also, your ticket is free on your birthday.

Clayton Island Tours
Riverside Dr.
Clayton, NY 13624
(315) 686-4820
claytonislandtours.com

Antique Boat Museum

The Antique Boat Museum, home of North America's original Antique Boat Show and Auction, aims to relate the history of boating in North America as well as enhancing understanding and appreciation of the role of the St. Lawrence River region in North American history. Come tour a historic houseboat or row a St. Lawrence skiff. Explore intriguing exhibits highlighting the 1,000 Islands, or view more than 100 antique pleasure boats on display. Located on about five acres on the banks of the St. Lawrence, the museum hosts boat shows, children's activities, guided tours, boat-building classes, elegant dinners and many other programs from May to October each year.

Antique Boat Museum
750 Mary St.
Clayton, NY 13624
(315) 686-4104
abm.org

Thousand Islands Museum

"Push open the polished fir door...and enter the past," advises the Thousand Islands Museum. Here, you can "Discover an intriguing world of hard work and heartache, passion and patriotism, triumph and tragedy. Meet heroes and villains; explore castles and caves..." Permanent and rotating exhibits include art shows, quilt shows, model boat exhibits, woodcarvings, muskie fish displays, and hunting decoys past and present. The museum strives to highlight the area's agricultural, fishing and commercial history. A gift shop and extensive research library is located on the second floor.

Thousand Islands Museum
312 James St.
Clayton, NY 13624
(315) 686-5794
timuseum.org

Article Written By Karie Lapham Fay

Karie Fay earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in law from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. After growing up in construction and with more than 30 years in the field, she believes a girl can swing a hammer with the best of them. She enjoys "green" or innovative solutions and unusual construction.

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