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

Experience Our Treasures!<br /> <br /> Designated a New York State Heritage Area and rich in history and character, this charming village on the shore of Black River Bay, Lake Ontario, offers visitors unique specialty shops, restaurants, and recreational activities year-round.<br /> <br /> As the site of one of the most crucial battles of the War of 1812 and the location of the largest U.S. naval station on the Great Lakes during that period, the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site features living history exhibits, historic home tours and a history trail. In addition, the site hosts the Annual War of 1812 Weekend commemorating the famous battle with participating reenactors from throughout the U.S. and Canada. The Military Cemetery, Madison Barracks and Pickering- Beach Museum are also open to historic-minded visitors.<br /> <br /> The cultural scene features The Arts Association of Northern New York, whose gallery showcases local artists as well as The Lake Ontario Playhouse, which hosts theatrical productions and top comic entertainment. The Seaway Trail Discovery Center, which highlights a 518-mile National Scenic By-way is headquartered here. Rich architectural heritage is evident as you walk through the village and view many homes and buildings constructed as early as 1804.<br /> <br /> Want to stay for a bit? Relax in one of the charming bed-and-breakfast establishments or stay in the centrally located hotel.<br /> <br /> Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy camping under the stars at the nearby lakeside state park, sailing, boating, and year-round fishing in addition to ice hockey and lacrosse tournaments.<br /> <br /> Located just outside the village lies Old McDonald’s Farm, an agricultural learning experience that boasts more than 200 farm animals and tours of a modern dairy facility.<br /> <br /> Begin your tour at the Sackets Harbor Heritage Area Visitors’ Center, located in the home of community founder Augustus Sacket. Here you can watch a short video on the history of the community, pick up a village tour map, and find information about the area.<br /> <br /> Black River<br /> <br /> Once thought of as an industrial river because of its turn-of-thecentury heyday, the Black River has been redefined by paddlers, birdwatchers and anglers as an outdoor playground offering more experiences than any 10 waterways combined.<br /> <br /> Today, the Black River is served by four experienced whitewater rafting companies that guide visitors through one of the East Coast’s greatest paddling adventures. Much of the action happens right in the city of Watertown, where riverfront parks and scenic walking trails provide up-close views of rafters and daredevil kayakers. Fishing platforms are also available at many city parks.<br /> <br /> Boat launches, canoe portages, fishing access spots, walking trails and observation decks line the Black River. With so much to offer, the Black River is headed for another heyday, as a recreational paradise.<br /> <br /> Www.blackriverny.com | Call 1-800-847-5263 for a free brochure.