Alexandria Bay, or for those better acquainted, Alex Bay is a bustling little summer town in the Thousand Islands. The theme here is water: boating, fishing, and diving – you’ll find it all and more. On land the main drag is filled with souvenir shops, fried food and fudge, bars, everything that comes with summer tourism. Almost everyone takes a boat ride to Boldt Castle, a monument of love sitting just off shore. People throng to the town in August for pirate days. You’ll find families with kids and drunk adults alike dressed up as Jack Sparrow wandering about. Join in or beware! All this alone may be just enough for you, but if you’re looking for something a bit off the beaten path there is quieter fun to be had.
You can always take a walk over the Thousand Islands Bridge.
Hanging out in the Scenic View Park [Sisson Street, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607] is dreamlike! This small park has a mighty view of forested islands and boats sailing by. Take it in from the shade of the pavilion,
or grab a closer gander by walking across the petite pedestrian bridge.
Sit on a bench or the curvaceous rock wall, but be warned, there can be a splash at times! This is a lovely place to have a picnic, bring the kids to the playground and swimming area for kids, or come and watch a sunset. You get a fantastic view of Boldt Castle and the Sunken Rock Lighthouse.
If you’re looking for a more refined dinner head to The Kitchen [2 Church St Alexandria Bay, NY 13607] a short walk from the Scenic View Park. Sit outside on the lovely garden patio of this bed and breakfast restaurant.
For a different nightlife scene try the Bay Drive-In Theater [2 miles outside of Alexandria Bay intersection of Route-26 and Bailey Settlement Road], or the Thousand Islands Winery [43298 Seaway Ave, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607].
Whatever you do, you’ll be sure to have fun in breathtaking Alex Bay.