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After arriving, your first stop should be the Chamber of Commerce, in the heart of the village on historic Riverside Drive. The friendly staff will answer all of your questions, and help with maps, guides and anything else you need. With so many choices, your most difficult decision will be where to begin!
Why not take in a museum? Clayton is home to three museums and an opera house. Take a leisurely stroll around the Village browsing our art galleries and shops for gifts and keepsakes.
Explore the beauty of the 1000 Islands aboard one of our local tour boat operators which depart several times a day offering narrated tours of Clayton and the 1000 Islands region.
Almost every weekend during the summer there are events held at the Recreation Park Arena including a Boat Show, Dog Show, Food & Wine Festival, Decoy & Wildlife Art Show, Collectibles Show, Antique Show & Sale, Juried Craft Show and a Model Train Fair.
Want to take a moment to just relax? Why not treat yourself to a massage or facial at a day spa or maybe a haircut? Clayton’s salons welcome walk in visitors.
The local library on John Street welcomes visitors, and has Internet ready computers where you can check your e-mail. You are also welcome to join us on Sunday morning at one of our many friendly churches.
You can easily use Clayton as your vacation “home base,” with the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, miniature golf, a go kart track, the Thousand Islands Bridge, historic Boldt Castle and Singer Castle, the Tibbits Point Light House as well as Alexandria Bay, Cape Vincent and the Canadian border all close by.
Antique Boat MuseumAntique Boat Museum
The Antique Boat Museum, “…the largest and most impressive collection of inland recreational boats in the world…” according to Joseph Gribbins of Nautical Quarterly Magazine. When you visit the Museum at 750 Mary Street you’ll discover the largest collection of Antique and Classic boats on display in North America. Stop by the boat shop to see a restoration in progress. While at the Museum take a speedboat ride through the 1000 islands in a triple cockpit runabout. Take up the oars yourself in a St. Lawrence skiff and explore the shoreline of Clayton. Take a tour of George Boldt’s 106′ historic houseboat. The Antique boat Museum hosts a number of activities throughout the summer, including the longest running annual antique boat show and auction in the country. The Museum also offers classes and programs for adults and children. Before you leave make sure you check out the Museum store and pick up a keepsake for your own river memories.