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THOUSAND ISLAND PARK
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VIVEKANANDA COTTAGE
42822 St. Lawrence Ave.
Unit # 74
THOUSAND ISLAND PARK, N.Y. 13692
Telephone: (315) 482-2189

INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

The Vivekananda Cottage at Thousand Island Park is usually open from July 10th to August 25th. Dates may vary slightly each year. We suggest you call in advance. The cottage is a place of pilgrimage for devotees to visit. Daily visiting hours are mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and afternoons from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Thousand Island Park is a small village located on Wellesley Island, in a remote area about 360 miles from New York City, on the St. Lawrence River, near the Canadian border. Public transportation there is limited and so a car is a necessary. Driving directions from New York City are given below.  The nearest convenient airport is located at Syracuse, about 100 miles from the Thousand Islands.

Since there are no arrangements at the Cottage for guest accommodation, those who wish to stay overnight are required to find a place nearby.  The resort towns of Alexandria Bay or Clayton (both on the U.S. mainland) are the nearest locations for hotel and motel accommodations.

During most of the summer there are no classes or lectures at the Vivekananda Cottage, but devotees may come for prayer and meditation at the Cottage at 4:30 PM. The exception to this is when Swami Yuktatmananda conducts his “seminar classes.”  During the seminar days, the program includes morning meditation followed by Swami’s discourse and discussion, afternoon vespers (arati) and meditation, and evening readings and discussion. Those who wish to attend the classes are requested to seek permission from our Center in advance.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS (from New York City)

I  -  VIA PALISADES INTERSTATE PARKWAY:

1.  Take Palisades Interstate Parkway North to Exit 18 (exit is on the left)

2.  Take Exit 18 and proceed to traffic circle; bear to the right around circle and take second right turn onto Route 6-West (“Long Mountain Drive”); and follow signs toward Route 17

3.  Take Route 17 North, beyond Monticello and Liberty, toward Binghamton

4.  Follow signs toward Binghamton; take Interstate Highway 81-North and proceed beyond   Syracuse and Watertown to the Thousand Islands International Bridge

5.  Pay toll and cross Bridge onto Wellesley Island and take first exit (Exit 51)

6.  After exiting proceed to stop sign, turn right and go to second stop sign

7.  At second stop sign turn right, and proceed about 4 miles to the village of Thousand Island Park

8.  At Thousand Island Park proceed to stop sign (near Grocery, Ice Cream Parlor, Tennis Courts)

9.  At stop sign turn right onto St. Lawrence Avenue and proceed about 2 blocks until the street ends at Tabernacle building

10.  At Tabernacle turn left, go about one block and turn right up the small road marked with the arrow pointed to “Vivekananda Cottage.”  (see map below)

 

II  -  VIA NEW YORK STATE THRUWAY:

-Take New York State Thruway North to Interstate Highway 81 (Exit 36, just north of Syracuse)

-Take Exit 36 and proceed on Interstate Highway 81 North, beyond Watertown, to the Thousand Islands International Bridge

-Pay toll and cross Bridge onto Wellesley Island at take first exit (Exit 51)

-Proceed as indicated above in directions 6 to 10.  (see map below) 

Total Driving Distance:  Approximately 360 miles