1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway International Travel Guide — 2011-2012 Edition
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Clayton, NY

Welcome to Clayton… “Where the tradition continues.”

Clayton is a burgeoning cultural destination, with some of the most unique museums in the 1000 Islands. The Antique Boat Museum is renowned for its extensive wooden boat collection and has been greatly expanding and improving its campus in recent years. The Thousand Islands Museum houses special exhibits of world-class muskies and hunting decoys from the past and present. The Thousand Islands Arts Center showcases a beautiful collection of handmade textiles and offers art exhibitions, workshops, and a pottery studio for all ages.

This quintessential river village became a major shipbuilding and lumbering port in the early 1800s. Dozens of charming buildings from this magnificent era remain today, and visitors may obtain an attractive historic walking tour brochure directing them to various points of interest from the Clayton Chamber of Commerce on Riverside Drive.

The Clayton Opera House, located at 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton, is a newly renovated, year round center for performances and events.

Most of downtown was constructed to meet the needs of visitors coming from both land and water. You’ll find easy access to a variety of restaurants and coffee houses, an eclectic assortment of shops and other essential services.

Anglers can launch their pursuit of a trophy muskellunge or walleye from one of Clayton’s many access points to the St. Lawrence River. Heading out with a local fishing guide is a great way to guarantee a successful outing.

Downtown is alive all year round with activities ranging from waterfront concerts at Recreation Park in the summer, to “Christmas in Clayton” during the holiday season.
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