Frederick Gilbert Bourne, the 5th president of the Singer Sewing Machine Co. built the 5 story, 28 room mansion designed by Ernest Flagg. The castle containes secret passatgeways, an underground tunnel, a turret dragon, towers inspired by "The Towers" from "woodstock" by Sir Walter Scott.Singer Castle was a private residence for 100 years, the...more
Geoge C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the Waldorm Astorial Hotel, built a full sized Rhineland Castle on Heart Island in 1900. The family shared 4 summers on Wellsley Island while 300 workers, stonemasons, carpenters & artists built the six story, 120 room castle with tunnels, a power house, Italian gardens, a drawbridge, indoor pool, and...more
If you drive up to the thousand islands area and you do not have a boat then a good way to see the islands, the river and the waterfront is from the deck of a tour boat.Uncle Sams has been providing tours for at least 40 years. They give you a great selection of tour choices depending on what you want to see, how much time you have and how much you...more
Alexandria Bay is one of those great towns where you can just walk around seeing things and taking pictures. Nobody stares; people smile and wave; they hurry out of the frame if they see you taking a scenery shot.So put on your walking shoes and grab your camera and spend a couple hours just schmoozing...... have fun!more
There are many boats that charter tours of the Thousand Islands. The most popular one leaving from Alexandria bay is given by the Uncle Sam Boat Tours. They offer afternoon and evening tours. I suggest the dinner tour, approximately $35. The dinner is served buffet style and it's really nothing spectacular, but the sunset over the islands is...more
This is an absolute must-do! This is an unfinished building - almost a castle! - built by George Bolt, a multi-millionaire (he actually owned the Waldorf Astoria). It was for his wife who died before it was finished and Boldt left it in the condition it was in when she died. It's modelled after a 16th century European Castle. It is 6 stories high...more
2 Crossmon Street Ext, Alexandria Bay, New York, 13607, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
Reasonable, clean, safe hotel on the waterfront. We choose this hotel because it was in the Center...more
116 Church Street, Alexandria Bay, New York, 13607, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
Cindy our waitress was attentive. The view was pretty impressive. Our drinks were very reasonable as was the catch of the day. The meal came with all of the trimmings, veggies, potato, salad, & warm garlic bread. The crab legs were more expensive, a bit dry and nothing special. The restaurant is a barge on the water facing Boydt Castle. We...more
I am not sure of the significance of the restaurant name because most of them here on the bay have a dock.The food was served quickly right after we ordered a couple of drinks.The chicken sandwich was tasty and not too spicy and the ribs were charcoal flavored. Throw in a small salad and some coffee and you just went through $20 for a couple...more
Great traditional food with others cuisines thrown in. Italian, Mexican, etc. The restaurant itself is the best part. It's a floating restaurant!! It actually floats on the water and has a great view of Boldt Castle and the St. Lawrence River. My favorite would have to be the breakfast buffet. The food is delicious and well prepared and everything...more
If you have a boat that you want to use on the bay or in the river, then a reasonably priced marina to try is Rogers Marina, 16 Bethune Street.
Prices for dock usage and boat storage vary depending on season and size of the boat (call the number below for a quote) but they were about average for the area.
The area was clean and safe; the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. There were no problems and access was easy without any delays or waiting period.
Some of the streets in Alexandria Bay are somewhat narrow, so manuevering a large boat on a trailer in the town can be a bit tricky. But people in the area are used to seeing boats on wheels and will pull their cars over as far as they can to help you pass.
Every year during the Labor Day weekend, Alexandria Bay hosts their Blues in the Bay music festival. Past performers of the festival have been ledgendary greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis. The main acts appear on an outdoor stage, however there are also a lot of great performers inside many of the local restaurants and pubs. Each year the festival draws an increasing number of visitors, so if you're in town for the weekend bring a few chairs and enjoy the free entertainment.
Alexandria Bay has not had one rape nor one murder in over 6 years (2000-2007). In that same period there were only 16 fights (violent confrontations) reported which is remarkable (less than 3 per year) considering the number of bars there are in such a small area. The most prevalent crime in the Bay is petty property crimes (thefts) at about 22 per year and many of those are crimes against the homes and not the persons.
This info was from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice compiled for Jefferson County (in which Alex Bay is included).
But even local residents lock their car doors and keep their wallets in their pockets.
Aqualand is supposed to be fantastic but it's really not. It has some exotic fish but they're all in 10 gallon aquariums. They advertise that you can feed the fish but only if you get there early enough, otherwise they will all be too full. They let you touch a shark but its small looks more like a stingray. Finally for what you get the prices are pretty high. Save your money go to a real aquarium.
Unique Suggestions: If you do go, go early so you can at least pick a fish and feed it, instead of having only one choice.
If you are leaving Alexandria Bay and are on Interstate 81 going south, then keep your eyes peeled on the west side of the road. About 100 yards back from the pavement, out in a farmer's field there are three blackbirds.
you say "blackbirds in a field? what is so unusual about that?"
and I reply "they are thirty-foot carved statues!"
I tried to get a good shot of them as we wizzed by but my pics came out blurry.
So I located a couple of other people who saw them too and got some great shots.
Location: west side of I-81, south of Alexandria Bay and north of Watertown, just after you go past an overpass.
This is a rinky-dink 9-hole course that is fun to play as long as you are not too serious about golf. You can get some good exercise and some fresh air and nice scenery. All for $20 including a cart (which you probably won't need).
The long course is 3200 yards and the short course is 2900 yards. It is basically a farmers field that has been landscaped and mowed into fairways. Some trees along the perimeter of the fairways but the holes are so short that they really do not come into play. Bunkers near the greens are the only hazards. Bent grass is used on the greens, which are small and difficult to read.
There are no amenities (pro-shop, clubhouse) and no driving range.
This is made for duffers like me who think of golf as chasing a little white ball across the fields.
The Alexandria Bay has a lot more marinas than it does churches or centers of worship.Maybe it is a mis-placed sense of priorities.There are three main places of worship in the immediate area:BAPTIST... Alex Bay Baptist Church... Bolton Avenue... 315-482-3426 METHODIST... United Methodist Church... 2 Rock Street... 315-482-9357REFORMIST... Reformed...more