10 Things to Do in Clayton That You Shouldn't Miss

July 31, 2017 Sheron Bogner

Clayton is a town in Jefferson County, New York, USA. The population was 5,153 at the 2010 census. The town is named after John M. Clayton, a federal political leader from Delaware.
Restaurants in Clayton

1. Antique Boat Museum

750 Mary St, Clayton, NY 13624-1119 +1 315-686-4104
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5 based on 312 reviews

Antique Boat Museum

This museum houses an impressive collection of wooden sea vessels.

Reviewed By GilB867 - Memphis, Tennessee

If you admire wooden boats, this is the largest collection of wooden boats, of every description I have ever seen in one location. Unbelievably beautiful old wooden boats, from canoes, skiffs, speed boats, sail boats, ice boats, and of course the beautiful La Duchesse built for George Boldt. They also have a nice collection of antique outboard motors on display.

The museum itself sits on 4.5 acres of beautiful waterfront property facing the St. Lawrence rive. They have different boat rides at specific times and dates, available to the public.

This is a fantastic boat museum and would be worth a trip to the area for no other reason than to tour the museum.

2. Coyote Moon Vineyards

17371 East Line Road, Clayton, NY 13624 +1 315-686-5600
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4.5 based on 170 reviews

Coyote Moon Vineyards

If you are looking for an over-the-top customer experience, filled with Award-Winning Wines, friendly staff, and a howlin’ good time, Coyote Moon Vineyards—one of New York State’s Most Award-Winning Wineries—is a must-visit destination.

Reviewed By Karen L

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. I tried the semi sweet and sweet wines, because that is what I like. Very good and really unique labeling make bottles great for gifts! Loved the shop and the atmosphere!We are pleased to hear you found wines you enjoyed, and Mary Randazzo takes great pride in her artwork on the labels! We agree they do make great gifts with the beauty of the artwork and the tasty wine inside. Cheers -Cara

3. Rock Island Lighthouse State Park

St. Lawrence Seaway, Clayton, NY +1 315-775-6886
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4.5 based on 71 reviews

Rock Island Lighthouse State Park

Reviewed By Elayne L - Paramus, New Jersey

Located on an island you can only visit this lighthouse park by boat (private boat or Clayton Island Tour Boats). Well maintained docks, grounds, picnic tables, museum & lighthouse. The view from the top of the 30 foot lighthouse is well worth the climb. A fun place to make happy memories.

4. Clayton Distillery

40164 State Route 12, Clayton, NY 13624-2322 +1 315-285-5004
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5 based on 39 reviews

Clayton Distillery

Reviewed By Jesse E - North Lewisburg, Ohio

We had a blast at the Clayton Distillery. The adult beverages were absolutely great. I enjoyed the bourbon but really liked the cherry moonshine. My wife liked the slushy with rhubarb flavored alcohol added. Prices for bottle were very reasonable for the quality. Nice gift shop and tasting room. Plenty of free parking made it even more fun.

5. Thousand Islands Museum

312 James St, Clayton, NY 13624-1012 +1 315-686-5794
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4.5 based on 35 reviews

Thousand Islands Museum

Reviewed By janice r - Henrietta, New York

We were here to find family history and boy do they have it! In a matter of minutes we found information that gave us names, dates and addresses we did not know. The binders and folders they have is amazing and we are so grateful to have access to it. The actual museum had several objects and displays that were very informative for the area. Thank you to the lady that works there.

6. Cedar Point State Park

336661 Cedar Point State Park Drive, Clayton, NY 13624 +1 315-654-2522
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4.5 based on 37 reviews

Cedar Point State Park

Reviewed By enrichmentacademy - Liverpool, New York

We have been frequent camper for over 30 years and this was probably one of the worst camping trips ever. The site was very small and and no water or electric which we are fine with. We camped in a 34 ft trailer and rented a second adjoining site for a tent. After set up we went for a walk and returned to find our tent site was filled with cars from nearby campers who could find no other place to park. They parked right atop of our tent stakes . We had to ask them to move so we could set up our chairs around our fire pit. As the night went on the campers on one side of us got into a fist fight, on the other side of us was very foul language and conversation so loud and inappropriate that I made our younger kids go into camper..noise went til 430 am. Next day we went to explore and came back to find a water hose stretched through our site over our picnic setting and had tore off the rain fly of the tent( the party down the hill was apparently filling their water tank from a spare water spigot two roads away) again a truck parked on our site had to ask to move so we could park our truck on our site. We had a constant flow of people walking right through our site . Reported this to park ranger who went and talked with the offenders and said they would be ticketed if it continued. He also admitted that this park is out of control with rude roudy people. He did his best to monitor them but they were aware his shift ended at midnight and that is when they got super loud. Also very heavy tick population. During our three day stay we found over 60 ticks on our clothing dispite spraying . On a good note the scenery was beautiful. The beach and boat dock we're closed due to high water but the kids had fun on playground, do not advise leaving g kids alone as one little girl who looked about 7 had her arm grabbed and pulled by a strange man who then got into a truck and promptly drove off when confronted. Also roudy teens on playground. Great place to ride bikes. Would go back to visit but will never come there again.

321 James St, Clayton, NY 13624-1011 +1 315-686-7069
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5 based on 10 reviews

Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery

Reviewed By Sharon H - Dexter, New York, United States

Fibonacci is a wonderful gallery that offers various types of art (jewelry, paintings, pottery, furniture, quilts, glass) created by local artists. The shop is nicely laid out, displaying pieces that are easily seen and appreciated. On top of that the artists themselves staff the gallery...MoreHi Sharon, Your comments highlight our mission exactly, to provide excellent quality handmade work in a gallery atmosphere, by artists who are attentive to sharing knowledge about our work. Thank you!! Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery

8. Zenda Farms Preserve

39047 State Route 12E, Clayton, NY 13624 +1 315-686-5345
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5 based on 4 reviews

Zenda Farms Preserve

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

For 5 days we passed the Zenda Farms every time. The sign showed that we were welcomed here. So on our last day in the States, we drove and parked here.

There was some information about this farm. This farm started in the 1930s, as a dairy farm. He used all the latest technology for his cows. Wow! People liked this milk.

Now when the dairy was closed, all the buildings were painted in silver. Quite attractive!

We were welcomed to visit everything, except that all doors were shut closed. It didn't matter. Everything was well indicated and we were able to see through the windows. For a fact, there were no more cows here.

Interestingly enough, there is a lovely garden here. Someone is keeping an eye here.

There is also a plaque of commemoration Merle L. Yongs.

The land and the dairy was offered to the Thousand Islands Land Trust.

I enjoyed this visit at the dairy farm. We learned a lot and we certainly enjoyed exploring everything. It's a great place to hide and seek as well! Worthwhile to try!

9. Saint Lawrence Spirits Distillery

38289 NYS Route 12E, Clayton, NY 13624-2211 +1 315-285-5224
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5 based on 3 reviews

Saint Lawrence Spirits Distillery

Saint Lawrence Spirits is a family owned and operated farm-based distillery. Our Father-Son Distillers use local products including St. Lawrence River water in the production of our unique spirits. On-site Farm to Table Restaurant, Saint Lawrence Spirits Château, Open for Lunch, Dinner and Weekend Brunches! Vodka • Gin • Moonshine • Absinthe Currently Aging Whiskey & Bourbon Spirit Tastings Available Inside the Restaurant - Saint Lawrence Spirits Château!

Reviewed By Ed G - Vestal, New York

My wife and I were very pleased with our visit to the distillery store in Clayton. The actual distillery property will be open next year on our favorite piece of riverfront in the islands. The staff were very knowledgeable on the product, and extremely friendly. Try the Bloody Mary. It's awesome!

10. Centennial Park

650 Riverside Dr, Clayton, NY 13624-1043
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Centennial Park

Reviewed By Robby G C - Toronto, Canada

We discovered this park by hazard. It had some quite nice big trees, located by the river. We could see boats pass by. It was quite attractive.

Once there, more people joined us.

There was a whole panel about the battle of French Creek on the way to Montreal. That was quite intriguing.

Another intriguing feature was a double arch facing the lake. It made a beautiful picture.

My best part in this park is to enjoy the many boats that pass by. I also enjoyed the fresh breeze from the river. Quite worthwhile to explore!

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