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.
Jefferson Community College is a State University of New York (SUNY) campus; it is the only institution of higher education whose campus is within a 50 mile radius of Watertown, NY. Jefferson offers 40+ associate degrees and certificates for career preparation or transfer; local access to bachelor’s and advanced degrees through partner institutions; lifelong learning through workshops and seminars; business and industry training; and cultural enrichment opportunities for the entire Watertown/Fort Drum region.
The Thousand Islands Arts Center ~ Home of the Handweaving Museum located in an historic village building on John Street brings the visual arts alive in the 1000 Islands through art instruction and exhibitions. The Arts Center also offers exciting classes for all ages throughout the year. Learn to draw, paint, weave, work with clay, and much more by taking one of its over 100 classes. Tour their galleries of ever-changing exhibitions that showcase the work of regional and national artists or pieces from the museum’s permanent collection of hand-woven textiles and rare spinning and weaving tools. The Arts Center also hosts several of the region’s most popular annual events including perennial favorites such as the Antique Show and Sale and the Arts and Crafts Show, both in August.