Downtown Clayton, New York

A destination worth the drive!

Things To Do In Town

 

Things To Do On The River

  • Take a Clayton Island Tour on a Glass Bottom Boat through the islands, you never know what you’ll find lurking beneath the water!
  • Rent a Pontoon Boat, Fishing Boat, Paddle Boat, SUP, Kayak, Lily Pad or Bike to enjoy on a hot summer day from Swan Bay Resort
  • Cruise through Millionaire’s Row an array of Islands and Islands homes which was once the playground of the rich and famous at the turn of the 20th Century.
  • View Cargo Ships passing through the Main Channel coming from all over the world! You can find out their locations and schedules, here. For Daily cargo ship schedules come visit the Main Office and then head on down to our Marina to watch the ships go by.
  • Self-tour or take a guided tour to Rock Island Lighthouse and learn about its history!
  • Hop aboard a Fishing Charter with the fam!
  • Do something extra adventurous with Scuba Diving in the St. Lawrence River

Shopping Downtown

The Rift Boutique at Swan Bay Resort
RV Camping & Marine Supplies, River Souvenirs, Apparel, Pet Supplies, Jewelry & More!
43615 NY-12 Alexandria Bay, NY – Swan Bay Resort’s Main Office
(315) 482-7926

 

The Mason Jar
Home Decor & River Themed Items
521 Riverside Dr. Clayton, NY
(315) 285-5588

Karla’s Christmas Shoppe
The name says it all!
500 Riverside Dr. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-1906

Porch & Paddle
Goods for everyday life
236 James St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-3148

The Golden Cleat
River jewelry for everyone!
534 Riverside Dr. Clayton, NY
(917) 544-9455

River Magic
Handmade Whimsies & Garden Art
313 James St. Clayton, NY
(315) 285-5059

Where To Eat

Breakfast
The Lyric Coffee House
A quaint coffee shop
246 James St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-4700

Shipwreck Eatery
Quick eatery with Bagels and Lunch
602 Riverside Dr. Clayton, NY530 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY
(315) 285-5058

Lunch/Dinner
Bella’s
Bistro w/ Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
602 Riverside Dr. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-2341

Wood Boat Brewery
Craft Beers & Pizza
625 Mary St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-3233

The Channelside
Waterfront Dining
506 Riverside Dr. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-2940

The Clipper Inn
Motel Restaurant and Lounge 126 State St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-3842

Di Prinzio’s Kitchen
Italian with a side of the St. Lawrence River
428 Riverside Dr. Clayton, NY
(315) 285-5136

Foxy’s Restaurant & Bar
Arrive by boat or car!
18187 Reed Point Rd. Fishers Landing, NY
(315) 686-3781

Saint Lawrence Spirits Distillery & Chateau
Proud to work with local farmers
38289 NY-12E Clayton, NY
(315) 285-5224

Dessert
Clay’s Fudge Factory
905 James St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-4528

Castle Ice Cream
750 James St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-2753

Check out these Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries in the 1000 Islands Region!

 

Nightlife

 

 

Why Knot Tiki Bar at Swan Bay Resort
Relax at the outdoor Tiki Bar & Pool. Live music every weekend!
43615 NY-12 Alexandria Bay, NY
(315) 482-7926

O’Brien’s Restaurant
226 Webb St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-1110

Lost Navigator
215 James St. Clayton, NY
(315) 686-7098

Island Bay Pier House
110 State St. Clayton, NY
(315) 285- 5197

 

Annual Events

 

From weekly farmer’s markets to Punkin’ Chunkin’ to the Christmas Parade, check out Clayton’s Annual Events!

 


Find out more about Clayton through the Chamber of Commerce!
Call the Chamber: (315) 686-3771
Email the Chamber: info@1000islands-clayton.com
Website: https://www.1000islands-clayton.com

All Restaurants, Activities & Locations have differing hours depending on the Season. Please call ahead for additional details!

 

Annual Events in the 1000 Islands

Fun in an Award Winning Destination!

Welcome to the 1000 Islands, where the the drinks are cold, the water is warm, and the pirates come to play! The River Life is nothing short of endless land and water adventures suited for all ages. Throughout the year, there are Annual events that go on in Alexandria Bay to our left, Clayton to our right, and even right here at Swan Bay!

Alexandria Bay Annual Events

Just a 3 mi. (5-7min) drive on Route 12. Take a Left out of Swan Bay Resort!

Events in Alexandria Bay 2024 Dates
34th Annual River Hospital Polar Bear DipFeb. 24
44th Annual Blessing of the FleetMay 26
17th Annual T.I. River Run-Bike RallyJune 21-23
Concert in the Park-Fireworks @ Thompson ParkJuly 2
Concert Series at Park PavilionJuly 3
4th of July Fireworks (Over Boldt Castle)July 4
Pirate DaysAug. 9-11
Aug. 16-18
9th Annual Rollin Street Thunder (Classic Cars)Sept. 8
Wine FestivalTBD
Rockin’ the BayTBD
Blues in the BayTBD
OktoberfestTBD
Halloween FestivalTBD
1000 Islands River Santa FestivalTBD

Find out the specifics & other events going on by visiting Alexandria Bay’s Chamber of Commerce.

Annual Events at Swan Bay Resort

Fun right here at the Resort!

Events at Swan Bay Resort 2024 Dates
Weekend Live Entertainment @ The Tiki BarMay 18 – Sept. 1
May Gameday – Support your team by wearing a Jersey! May 18
Memorial Day WeekendMay 24-27
Swan Bay’s 9th Birthday Luau Tiki PartyTBD
4th of July WeekendJuly 4-7
1000 Islands Charity Poker RunJuly 18-20
Christmas in JulyJuly 19-21
Country Western DayJuly 27
Pirate DaysAug. 9-11
Aug. 16-18
Neon in the ParkAug. 24
Labor Day WeekendAug. 31- Sept. 1
Mini-Oktoberfest @ The Tiki BarTBD
8th Annual Swan Bay Spooktacular (formerly known as Trunk or Treat)Oct. 26

Find out the specifics & other events going on by visiting Swan Bay Resort’s Event Calendar!

Clayton Annual Events

An easy 8mi (10-12min drive) down Route 12. Take a Right out of Swan Bay!

Events in Clayton 2024 Dates
1000 Islands Spring Boat Show @ Cerow Recreation Park ArenaApr. 5-7
Clayton Farmers’ Market (Thursdays)June – Oct.
Coyote Moon Vineyards Flea Market (Sundays)June – Sept.
Annual Trash and Treasures- Yard SalesJune 1
The Great NYS Food & Wine FestivalJune 7-9
Independence Day Fireworks July 3
Summer Waterfront Concert Series (Thursdays) @ Frink ParkJuly 4 – Aug. 29
Decoy & Wildlife Art Show @ Cerow Recreation Park ArenaJuly 12-13
1000 Islands Charity Poker RunJuly 18-20
Coyote Moon Vineyard’s 11th Annual Classic Cars & Classic Wine Car ShowTBD
60th Annual Antique Boat Show & AuctionAug. 2-4
1000 Islands Art & Craft & Antique FestivalAug. 10-11
AnchorCon- The North Country’s Largest ComiConAug. 17-18
Punkin’ Chunkin’ & Farmers’ MarketOct. 19
Village of Clayton’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony TBD
62st Annual Christmas Parade & Fireworks Dec. 7

Find out the specifics & other events going on by visiting Clayton NY’s Chamber of Commerce.

We can’t wait to have you here in the 1000 Islands! We hope you find the perfect event to create new memories with your friends & family.

Boldt & Singer Castles in the 1000 Islands

Boldt Castle & Yacht House on Heart Island

Open May through October – Only accessible by Boat.

Boldt Castle, located in the Thousand Islands, can be visited from Alexandria Bay. Swan Bay Resort offers shuttle service for guests.
Boldt Castle- Alexandria Bay, Thousand Islands Region

At the turn-of-the-century, George C. Boldt, millionaire proprietor of the world famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, set out to build a full size Rhineland castle in Alexandria Bay, on picturesque Heart Island.  The grandiose structure was to be a display of his love for his wife, Louise. In January 1904, tragedy struck. Boldt telegraphed the island and commanded the workers to immediately “stop all construction.” Louise had died suddenly. A broken hearted Boldt could not imagine his dream castle without his beloved. Boldt never returned to the island, leaving behind the structure as a monument of his love.

Embark on an adventure to the historic Boldt Castle in the 1000 Islands, one of northern New York’s most popular attractions. Only accessible by water, begin your journey to Heart Island by boat. Built by George C. Boldt to honor his wife, allow yourself to fall in love with the story behind the castle. Explore the mansion’s grounds, which include a stunning grand staircase, indoor pool, the Alster Tower, Yacht House and much more. Make plans to lock in your lovely journey to this breathtaking attraction!

The Yacht House

The Boldt Yacht House on Wellesley Island is open to the public and for modest additional fee is a recommended tour during your visit to Boldt Castle. The Boldt’s family yachts and enormous houseboat were housed here in the slips 128 feet long. The building, rising 64 feet, also featured a shop to build racing launches and quarters for crew and staff.  The grandeur of the Gilded Age is fully embodied in the structure’s shingle-style architecture, tremendous towers and spires and the steep-pitched gables. Visitors are invited to take the free shuttle boat from the Castle itself for easy access to this imposing structure on the river’s edge.

Plan Your Visit To Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle is only accessible by water. From both Canada and the U.S., visitors may find transportation on either a tour boat (a list of providers can be found at the bottom of this page) or by personal pleasure craft. *Passengers arriving from Canada must provide proper identification. For further information please refer to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web-site www.cbp.gov.
*Boldt Castle has wheelchair accessibility options available.

Tour Boat Operators from the U.S.:

Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Alexandria Bay, New York, USA
Phone: +1-315-482-2611 or +1-800-253-9229
Daily Shuttle Departures: Every 30 minutes beginning at 10:00am

Clayton Island Tours, Clayton, New York, USA
Phone: +1-315-686-4820 Please call for Schedule.

Specialty Events at Boldt Castle:

Annual 4th of July Fireworks over Boldt Castle
Hundreds will watch from the shores of Alex Bay or from their personal boats, make sure to set up early! Once dark hits, watch the fireworks brighten the night sky over Boldt Castle.

Fairytale Adventure Day
Fairytale Princesses & Pirates will take over Heart Island. Visitors will be able to take advantage of free face paintings. Participants can also learn proper princess etiquette, dance in Boldt Castle’s Ballroom or cross swords with a real Pirate on the shores of the St. Lawrence River & more!

Address:
1 Heart Island
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
USA

phone: +1-315-482-9724
website: https://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/
coordinates: +44° 20′ 40.29″ N, -75° 55′ 21.27″ W


 

Singer Castle on Dark Island

Open April thru October – Only accessible by Boat.

Frederick Bourne was the fifth President of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, which is where the name “Singer Castle” came from. When the Bourne family summered there, it was called “The Towers” which comes from the inspiration that Ernest Flagg, the architect whom designed this structure, had after reading the book Woodstock by Sir Walter Scott. This castle is full of mystery which might also include… secrets and hauntings. It’s not called “Dark Island” for just any reason.

Fun fact: If you’re interested in upping your adventure a little bit, become a King or Queen for the night when you book a stay in The Royal Suite. The Royal Suite is an entire wing of the castle and can sleep up to six people. As you journey down the corridor, you discover the first bedroom of the wing, which overlooks the American channel and our south boathouse and features a Queen-sized canopy bed, an antique full-sized bed, and small sitting area. You’ll have to stay to find out what else you might find!

Plan Your Visit to Singer Castle

Singer Castle is only accessible by water. The tour guides will provide you with a 45-minute walking tour and narrative of the historic structure. Visitors will be treated to four floors filled with furnishings and artifacts original to the castle. You will see the entrances to many of the secret passages, and of course speculate on their purpose. There are 80 steps up from the Great Hall, so wear your walking shoes!
*Singer Castle is not wheelchair accessible and requires steps/walking ability.

The tour guides will provide you with a 45-minute tour and narrative of the historic structure. Visitors will be treated to four floors filled with furnishings and artifacts original to the castle. You will see the entrances to many of the secret passages, and of course speculate on their purpose. There are 80 steps up from the Great Hall, so wear your walking shoes!

Tour Boat Operators from the U.S.:

Uncle Sam Boat Tours, Alexandria Bay, New York, USA
Phone: +1-315-482-2611 or +1-800-253-9229
Shuttle Departures: Select Days May-Oct.

Schermerhorn Harbor Shuttle, Hammond, New York, USA
Location: Schermerhorn Harbor Marina
Phone: +1-315-324-5966
Shuttle Departures: Select Days May-Sept.

Private Boaters & Charter Groups are welcome to dock for FREE at Singer Castle with an additional entrance fee. Call ahead or use marine radio channel 16.

Address:
Singer Castle on Dark Island BOX 59
Chippewa Bay, NY 13623
USA

phone: +1-315-324-3275 or Toll Free at +1-877-327-5475
website: https://www.singercastle.com
coordinates: 44° 27.156 N, 75° 48.689 W

Uncle Sam Boat Tours

Uncle Sam Boat Tour Cruises to Boldt Castle

Uncle Sam Boat Tours is your destination for cruising along the St. Lawrence River and exploring the famous Thousand Islands. Uncle Sam Boat Tours has been providing guided tours of the Thousand Islands for over 85 years from downtown Alexandria Bay, directly across from Boldt Castle.

Uncle Sam Boat Tours provides a variety of regularly scheduled sightseeing cruises as well as Luncheon and Dinner cruises, the Sip ‘n Sail, and their most popular 2 Nation Tour. Uncle Sam Boat Tours is also the ONLY tour company that allows guests an unlimited visit to Boldt Castle and Heart Island. It’s not just a tour; it’s an unforgettable experience!

The most popular cruise is the American Narrows Tour, a cruise departing from Uncle Sam Boat Tours’ homeport in the heart of the Thousand Islands, Alexandria Bay, NY. This narrated international tour offers you historic and scenic wonders in both American and Canadian waters; no passport required! At the end of each type of tour, there is an optional stop at world-famous Boldt Castle on Heart Island for a self-guided tour. Learn more about the history of Boldt Castle.

Available Tours

Uncle Sam Boat Tours offers a variety of tours through the scenic 1000 Islands. Featuring the1hr Millionaire’s Row Tour, a quick 10min Shuttle to Boldt Castle, specialty cruises such as the luncheon or dinner charters and Sip N’ Sail, plus another famous Castle on the River with the Singer Castle Tour. All of the daytime tours offer an unlimited stop and pick-up at Boldt Castle, where there is an additional fee for Entry. Passports or other identification is never required.
Boldt Castle Hours: In-season: Daily 10am-7pm; Off-season (early season and late season): Daily 10am-5pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find lunch/dinner after my Tour?
Check out their restaurant, Riley’s by the River, directly next to the boat tours!

Do they have any private tours?

Yes! They are called Private Charters. These are perfect for private events to celebrate Birthdays, Weddings, Bachelor/Bachelorettes, Anniversaries, and more. You can even request that they pick you up directly from the Swan Bay docks!

Is entry into Boldt Castle included in a Tour ticket?

No, you will have to pay an additional fee when you arrive at the Castle. To Note – All daytime tours make a stop at Boldt Castle.

What if we don’t have a vehicle with us to get to Downtown?
Swan Bay offers free Shuttle Bus services! Our Shuttle Bus will pick you up and drop you off in the towns of Clayton and Alexandria Bay throughout the Summer months. Call our Main Office at (315) 482-7926 to check out our schedule in the days leading up to your tour!


Address:
45 James St.
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607
USA

phone: 315-482-2611
email: info@usboattours.com
website: http://www.usboattours.com

Operating Season is May 1st to October 31st every year!

Antique Boat Museum, Clayton NY

Located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the Antique Boat Museum features the largest collection of antique and classic boats on display in North America! While visiting the museum you can learn about boating history on the St. Lawrence River, row a St. Lawrence skiff in French Bay, tour George Boldt’s historic two-story houseboat, and take a speedboat ride through the islands in a triple cockpit runabout. The Antique Boat Museum provides a welcoming space for all, with wheelchair accessibility. Expect to spend 1.5-2hrs at this premier freshwater boating museum.

1000 Islands Boat Tours

The Antique Boat Museum offers the opportunity to roam through the popular Boat Museum and Museum Store. The Museum not only offers a walking tour of the antique boats but it also offers multiple cruise tours; a boat ride without any stopping, just a nice boat ride with a view.

  • Ride the river for 45min in a 30′ Triple Cockpit Hacker-Craft
  • Enjoy a 2hr Sunset Cruise through the 1000 Islands
  • A 30min Walking Tour of La Duchesse
  • Tuesday night Sailing & Rowing during July and August
  • Group Tours (Private tour of La Duchesse included)

Admission Rates & Packages

Upcoming Events

The 59th Annual Antique Boat Show & Auction (Aug. 4-6, 2023)
View the full 2023 Antique Boat Museum Calendar

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find Lunch/Dinner after my visit?
We highly suggest The Wood Boat Brewery for delicious pizza just across the street! You may find them at 625 Mary St. You may also find many other options in Downtown Clayton in just a short 5-10min walk around the corner.

What if we don’t have a vehicle with us to get to Downtown?
Swan Bay offers free Shuttle Bus services! Our Shuttle Bus will pick you up and drop you off in the towns of Clayton and Alexandria Bay throughout the Summer months. Call our Main Office at (315) 482-7926 to check out our schedule in the days leading up to your visit!


Address:
750 Mary St.
Clayton, NY 13624
USA

phone: 315-686-4104
email: events@abm.org
website: http://www.abm.org

Operating: May to October each year!

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