Attractions

Anywhere you go, the 1000 Islands is truly a fun and friendly destination. Stroll through village downtowns, have fun on the water all day long or take in a drive-in movie at night. Have a ball on mini-links throughout the region, get behind the wheel of a go-kart or visit zoos and aquariums focused on local forest and marine life.

Come in the spring and smell the sweet aroma of maple sugar shacks on both sides of the U.S./Canada border. Apple orchards are scattered throughout the region, making autumn a peak visitor period for savoring cider and fresh-made donuts.

Visual and performing arts are abundant in the 1000 Islands with many venues and special arts events presented by local organizations. Throughout the summer, visitors enjoy a lively schedule of theater productions, gallery exhibits and special museum shows.

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Black River, NY

Busted Grapes

19557 Ball Rd
Black River, NY 13612

Phone: 315-777-0932
[email protected]
www.bustedgrapeswine.com

Busted Grapes is a small winery in upstate New York that handcrafts award-winning wines from cold hardy grapes. Located near Rutland, NY, approximately 10 minutes from Watertown. Stop in and get your grapes busted on Ball Road.

Operation Season: Year Round


Brownville, NY
jacob brown mansion

Jacob Brown Mansion

216 Brown Blvd.
Brownville, NY 13615

Phone: 315-782-7650
[email protected]

Home of Jacob Brown, founder of Brownville and a general during the War of 1812. Currently houses the Village Clerk office, library and rec. center.

Operation Season: Year Round


Dexter, NY

Farmhouse Maple

22341 State Rt. 180
Dexter, NY 13634

Phone: 315-486-5981
[email protected]
www.farmhousemaple.com

On the easternmost shore of Lake Ontario at the Gateway to the 1000 Islands, there is a 160 acre farm with a 2000 tap maple sugar bush and a state of the art sugarhouse that provides the taste of maple for the 1000 Islands region. Come for a tour and you’ll say, “More maple, please!” as you taste nature’s sweetest gift.

Maple production is in early spring as weather permits. Tours available all year. Gift shop open weekends.

Operation Season: Year Round


Evans Mills, NY

Evans Mills Raceway Park

28412 Steinhilbur Road
Evans Mills, NY 13637

Phone: 315-323-6033
[email protected]
www.evansmillsracewaypark.com/

Located on U.S. Route 11 just outside of Evans Mills, New York, this 3/8-mile asphalt track was originally built by the Zeigler Brothers of Boonville, New York in 1967. Recognizing that the auto racing roots in Northern New York run deep and wide through many generations, Lee and Peggy Gill made the decision to purchase the former Evans Mills Speedway in December of 2018. Rebranded as the Evans Mills Raceway Park, the raceway is quickly becoming racing venue favorite among competitors and fans. The Gills have been committed to restoring the glory to this facility and establishing a friendly, clean, safe, and enjoyable destination for families to gather and create new memories.

The Evans Mills Raceway Parks racing season begins in early May and extends through late September with races running every Saturday night. The raceway tower complex hosts 54 hospitality suites and the grandstand offers a seating capacity of over 3,000. The 2020 race schedule includes five racing classes; Modified, Pro Late Models, INEX Legends, Sport Compact and 6-Cylinder Stinger. Competitors come from all over New York State, Canada, and beyond to race at Evans Mills Raceway Park.

 

Operation Season: May - September


Watertown, NY
black river drive in

Black River Drive In Theatre

Rt. 3 and Rt. 342
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-773-8604
[email protected]
http://www.blackriverdrivein.com

Add some old-time fun to your summer at the Black River Drive In Theater showing the latest movies. Located just minutes east from downtown Watertown and Fort Drum.

Operation Season: April - October


Boots Brewing Company

89 Public Square
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-405-8395
[email protected]
www.bootsbrew.com

Boots Brewing Company is a small-scale craft brewery and tap room.

Operation Season: Year Round


Burrville Cider Mill

Burrville Cider Mill

18176 Co. Rt. 156
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-7292
[email protected]
http://www.burrvillecidermill.com

Open in time for Labor Day until the week of Thanksgiving, the Burrville Cider Mill is one of Jefferson County’s oldest establishments, built in 1801. As you tour the mill, you will be greeted by the sweet smell of the North Country’s best apple cider and freshly fried cider donuts still too hot to touch.

Operation Season: September - November


Disabled Persons Action Organization Concerts

617 Davidson St.
PO Box 222
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-0444
Toll Free: 800-533-2859
[email protected]
http://www.dpao.org

The DPAO Foundation brings in top name concerts and events throughout the year in Jefferson County, New York. DPAO features country, classic rock, comedy, children’s shows and special events. Past acts have included: Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert, Jeff Dunham, Heart, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Journey, Alan Jackson, Reba, Jack Hannah, the Laurie Berkner Band, Steve Martin and Bill Engvall.

Operation Season: Year Round


Dry Hill Ski Area

Dry Hill Ski Area

18160 Alpine Ridge Rd
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-8584
Toll Free: 800-379-8584
[email protected]
http://www.skidryhill.com

The Dry Hill Ski Area offers affordable family skiing, night skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing. Instruction, rentals, food service and lounge are also available. We are conveniently located just south of Watertown. Wed-Thurs 5pm-10pm; Fri Noon-10pm; Sat 10am-10pm; Sun 10am-5pm.

Operation Season: December - March


Escape the Mystery Room

21182 Salmon Run Mall Loops West
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-681-6343
Toll Free: 844-502-5546
[email protected]
https://allinadventures.com/locations/watertown-ny/

Escape the Mystery Room offers our guests the chance to become real-life detectives during an interactive and immersive escape room experience! With 50 minutes on the clock, guests must find clues, solve puzzles, and decipher hidden codes to escape the themed room of their choice.

Operation Season: Year Round


Fun Xcape

223 JB Wise Place
Suite 20
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-405-8629
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/Fun-Xcape-459675427566572/

Indoor family fun center with toddler play area, multi-level play space, climbing wall, arcade, lazer tag, cafe and party rooms. Toddler and multi-level play areas are designed to help children with development of muscle coordination and motor skills. The arcade features kid-friendly games including mini-basketball, Jurassic Park, Skee-Ball and a life size Angry Birds attraction.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays. Open 10am-6pm Tuesdays-Thursdays plus Sundays; open 10am-8pm Fridays and Saturdays. Closed Mondays and for (U.S.) Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Operation Season: Year Round


Garland City Beer Works

321 Howk St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-2337
[email protected]
https://www.facebook.com/Garland-City-Beer-Works-1828123227462952/

Our mission is to produce the highest quality beer and to make Garland City Beer Works a destination brewery. Check out our daily menu on our Facebook page. Closed on Mondays.

Operation Season: Year Round


jefferson county historical society

Jefferson County Historical Society

Paddock Mansion
228 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-3491
[email protected]
http://www.JeffersonCountyHistory.org

19th Century mansion, log cabin, one-room schoolhouse and Victorian gardens. Collections include Tyler coverlets, Native American artifacts, 1910 Babcock automobile made in Watertown.

Operation Season: Year Round


Flower Memorial Library

Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

229 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-785-7705
[email protected]
http://www.flowermemoriallibrary.org

Historic library hosting tours by request that has more than 190,000 volumes, including collections of DVDs, videos, audio books and large print. Computers available for public use. Genealogy department, local history collection and a meeting rooms on site.

Operation Season: Year Round


Sci-Tech

Sci-Tech Center

154 Stone St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-1340
[email protected]
http://www.scitechcenter.org

A hands-on science museum for all ages, including school tours, birthday parties, workshops and outreach science presentations. Saturday children’s strategy game club and monthly astronomy observing nights.

Open Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, all year long. Also open additional hours during school breaks, Monday Holidays and summer months.

 

Operation Season: Year Round


skewed brewing

Skewed Brewing

21182 Salmon Run Loop
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-2337
[email protected]
https://www.skewedbrewing.com/

We brew all Skewed Brews on site! Stop in for a bite to eat and watch the magic happen! Our tap selection changes regularly. We serve food highlighting local produce and products. From our brick-oven pretzels with house-made beer cheese, to our local grass-fed strip steak, we’re Skewing traditional pub fare!

 

Operation Season: Year Round


The Escape Works

140 Stone St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-771-0787
[email protected]
www.theescapeworks.com

An escape room is a physical adventure game where you and your friends have to work together to solve puzzles, find clues, and escape within 60 minutes. Our games are very immersive with themed rooms that go along with the story-line of your adventure!

Operation Season: Year Round


Thompson Park

1 Thompson Park
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-785-7775
https://www.watertown-ny.gov/index.asp?NID=140

Historic city-owned park overlooking Watertown from atop a hill with multiple access points. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the architect who designed Central Park in New York City. Thompson Park has acres of picnic and open space, is home to the New York State Zoo, an 18-hole golf course, playground, stone stairways and pavilions, tennis courts, walking and cycling trails and an outdoor skating area. Picnic areas can be reserved for gatherings. The park contains the Thompson Park Vortex, a constantly relocating location said to mysteriously teleport visitors to other areas of the park without explanation – a favorite among spooky enthusiasts. The park is open 7 a.m.-9 p.m., year-round.

Operation Season: Year Round


Tug Hill Region – NYS Tug Hill Commission

317 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-785-2380
[email protected]
http://www.tughill.org

Tug Hill is a 2,100-square-mile rural and remote region of New York State, located between Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks. The region is heavily forested and receives the heaviest snowfall in the eastern United States. The headwaters of several major rivers spring from the region’s core forests. The region consists of 41 towns (containing 19 villages) in portions of Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, and Oswego counties. With just over 100,000 people, about 50 people per square mile, one of Tug Hill’s most notable characteristics is its relative lack of people.

Operation Season: Year Round


Yellow Barn

Yellow Barn Winery

18876 Co. Rt. 66
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-1824
[email protected]
http://www.yellowbarnwinery.com

The first winery in Watertown, NY, located just outside the historic village of Sackets Harbor. Come in and visit our gift shop, taste our Award winning wines, have a glass of wine in our Silo Lounge, and/or relax in our barn style ambiance. May 25th – Columbus Day, 11 am – 6 pm. Call for hours after Columbus Day. Please call the winery for special holiday hours during the month of December.

Operation Season: May - October


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Zoo New York

1 Thompson Park
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-6180
[email protected]
http://www.nyszoo.org

The world’s only zoo dedicated to New York’s wild animals and wild places! Located in the heart of historic Thompson Park in Watertown, NY, the zoo mission is to provide the knowledge and motivation to conserve nature in the Empire State through science-based natural and cultural experiences. Animals, including wolverines, black bears, eagles, mountain lions, Canada lynx, grey wolves and more make their home at the 32-acre Zoo. Open daily April through October; Saturdays and Sundays November through March, plus school breaks.

 

Operation Season: Year Round