Winter Activities

So what’s there to do in the winter? We get asked that question all the time.

First off, there is the outdoor stuff, much of which is covered over at our Outdoor Recreation page. You’ll still find some outdoorsy stuff below too but this list also includes things to do once the snow starts blowing and the temps drop.

For indoor fun to keep the kids happy, head to the Aquatarium, a state-of-the-art learning and discovery center created to inspire wonder and curiosity about all that there is to see and do in the 1000 Islands. The Aquatarium includes a tank where you can communicate with divers as well as kids games, a replica of an island post office and more.

No kids? No problem! Winter is the perfect time to sneak off to the tasting rooms and lounges stocked with wines, brews and spirits made from right here in the 1000 Islands. Keep an eye on the craft beverage spots for entertainment too; trivia nights, food pairings and live music get sprinkled throughout the winter as a way to keep customers coming in the door.

Want to explore a little more? Several art museums and private galleries stay open throughout the winter. The feeling is if the artist is in-house working, why not keep the door open? It’s a neat opportunity to not only see art inspired by the beautiful 1000 Islands but to interact directly with the artists! The Thousand Islands Arts Center unveiled a winter exhibit in early February that’s worth checking out.


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Adams, NY

Historical Association of South Jefferson

29 E. Church St.
Adams, NY 13605

Phone: 315-232-2616

Welcome to a 1850s-era house and antique home with farm and marine displays as well as Indian artifacts, local history and genealogy. Craft classes hosted on-site.

Operation Season: Year Round

Alexandria Bay, NY
dark island spirits

Dark Island Spirits

42 Church St.
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-482-2059

New York State Craft Beverage Distillery & Tasting Room. Offering free tours daily. Musically Matured TM Spirits.

Operation Season: Year Round

Michael Ringer's Gallery

Michael Ringer’s St. Lawrence Gallery

47382 Dingman Point Rd
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-482-2833 or 315-686-1009

Large selection of St. Lawrence River art featuring Michael Ringer and other local artists. Gallery locations are: 47382 Dingman Point Rd, Alexandria Bay & 203 James St., Clayton.

Operation Season: Year Round

Otter Creek Preserve

Otter Creek Preserve and Nature Trail

Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-686-5345

This trail in the village of Alexandria Bay, NY offers 1.9 miles of trail for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, it also offers dramatic views of both Otter Creek and Lynch Creek. A portion of the trail is ADA-accessible, with highlights including a wildlife observation tower that overlooks the Golden-winged Warbler Demonstration Area; displaying TILT’s shrubland bird management for this imperiled songbird species and a cable suspension bridge.

Operation Season: Year Round

Thousand Islands State Parks Region

Keewaydin State Park
45165 Rt. 12
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-482-2593

Stretching from Lake Ontario north along the St. Lawrence River, the Thousand Islands Region includes 28 state parks, Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site and six stand-alone boat launches, as well as thousands of great campsites. Campsite and cottage reservations only: 800-456-CAMP. Part of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Operation Season: Year Round

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Thousand Islands Winery

43298 Seaway Ave.
Suite #1
Alexandria Bay, NY 13607

Phone: 315-482-9306

Thousand Islands Winery® is the largest farm winery in Northern New York State and is located along the majestic St. Lawrence River on a historic 40-acre farmstead established in 1836. The winery began in 2002 with the purchase of the farm by Steve Conaway and his wife Erika. The primary grape varieties being grown at the winery include Frontenac, Frontenac Gris, Marquette and La Crescent which were developed by the University of Minnesota. The introduction of these cold-hardy grapes to the Thousand Islands region is the very reason we now enjoy the benefits of the ever-expanding Northern New York Craft Beverage Trail.

Thousand Islands Winery® is open every day except Christmas from 10 am to 5 pm with extended hours from April to December and hosts multiple on-site festivals featuring live music. The winery’s expansive property offers many options for hosting weddings and special private events throughout the year and features on-site lodging in three beautiful three-bedroom vacation rental homes.

Operation Season: Year Round

Athens, ON

Historic Murals of Athens

1 W. Main St
Athens, ON K0E 1B0

Phone: 613-924-2044

The Historic Murals of Athens were the first such attraction to be established in Ontario. Nine murals were painted by professional artists on the exterior walls of local businesses.

Operation Season: Year Round

Black River, NY

Busted Grapes

19557 Ball Rd
Black River, NY 13612

Phone: 315-777-0932

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

Brockville, ON


6 Broad St.
Brockville, ON K6V 0C4

Phone: 613-342-6789 x7004

The Aquatarium is a 27,000 sq. ft. interactive, learning & discovery center featuring river otters, aquariums, an interactive theater and exhibits that will inspire curiosity in the 1000 Islands area and the many things to see and do here.

Operation Season: Year Round

Brock Trail

Brock Trail

c/o 10 Market St. W.
Brockville, ON K6V 4R7

Phone: 613-342-4357
Toll Free: 888-251-7676

A 7km walking and cycling path that runs along Brockville’s beautiful waterfront in the historic downtown core and continues north through to the other end of town. This scenic pathway is paved to accommodate bicycles, roller blades, wheelchairs and strollers. The Trail takes you to Canada’s Oldest Railway Tunnel and around Blockhouse Island before continuing to Hardy Park, Rotary Park, and then following Buell’s Creek to the north end of town. A newly added section of the Trail gives you the option to go West to St. Lawrence Park. Along the Trail you will find a number of plaques installed by Heritage Brockville depicting historical sites where you can read about Brockville’s rich history. Stop by the Tourism Office at 10 Market Street West to pick up a city map which includes the trail route.

Operation Season: Year Round

Brockville Arts Centre

Brockville Arts Centre

235 King St. W.
Brockville, ON K6V 7A5

Phone: 613-342-7122
Toll Free: 877-342-7122

Host to some of the finest stage entertainment in Ontario and Canada, the arts centre regularly attracts world class entertainers. The theatre boasts one of the region’s top art galleries, is fully accessible and offers phonic in-ear hearing devices for those with hearing disabilities. The theatre is located in Heart of historic downtown Brockville and is within easy walking distance from the harbour and downtown restaurants.

Operation Season: Year Round

Brockville Museum

Brockville Museum

5 Henry St.
Brockville, ON K6V 6M4

Phone: 613-342-4397

Brockville’s history is one of the prominent manufacturers, formidable wealth, fascinating historical figures and vivacious ordinary people, which is interconnected by a dynamic river. Come and discover our past in historic downtown Brockville. Open Victoria Day-Labour Day: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Winter Season: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm.

Operation Season: Year Round

Fulford Place Museum

Fulford Place Museum

287 King St. E.
Brockville, ON K6V 1E1

Phone: 613-498-3003

Tour this Edwardian mansion filled with period artifacts owned by two generations of the Fulford family.  Learn about the family patent medicine business, enjoy their beautiful art and collectibles as well as stroll in the Italianate garden. Open daily during July and August; limited hours in fall, winter & spring – please call for information on hours. On-site gift shop with a variety of items. Tearoom open in summer – call for reservations. Spaces available to rent for events.

Operation Season: Year Round

Mac Johnson Wildlife Area

4649 Debruge Rd - east of Hwy 29
Brockville, ON K6T 1A5

Phone: 613-546-4228 or 613-345-1990
Toll Free: 877-956-CRCA (2772)

Facilities include hiking and cross-country ski trails, winter skating, picnic area including a shelter, nature centre and two canoe launches. Conservation education programs for schools from kindergarten to Grade 12 are also offered.

Operation Season: Year Round

Cape Vincent, NY
Copper Top

Copper Top Stables Boarding & Indoor Arena

4280 Branche Rd
Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Phone: 315-771-1644

Offering horse boarding and an indoor arena for practicing for horse shows in the winter. Lessons available.

Operation Season: Year Round

Cape Winery

The Cape Winery

2066 Deerlick Rd
Cape Vincent, NY 13618

Phone: 315-654-3218

Come experience a “Taste of the Cape” at The Cape Winery, the destination for award-winning wines and a serene setting that truly reflects the lifestyle of the family farm winery. We specialize in dry wines made from locally grown northern grapes. There is also a selection of semi-sweet and sweet wines for the sweeter palate. Follow us on Facebook and check our website to learn about our fabulous food and wine events at the winery. Open 11 am – 5 pm Daily from 1 April to 31 December (Closed Christmas Day).

Operation Season: April - December

Chaumont, NY
white caps winery barn

White Caps Winery

11544 Co. Rt. 125
Chaumont, NY 13622

Phone: 315-649-2400

Farm winery along the shore of Chaumont Bay, Chaumont.  Open year-round, serving wine, craft beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Accessible by boat opposite the navigational light on Independence Point. Walking and cross-country ski trails, Wi-Fi and gift shop on site. Open noon to 6pm during summer; off-season hours available on-line.

Operation Season: Year Round

Clayton, NY
Clayton Distillery interior

Clayton Distillery

40164 Rt. 12
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-285-5004

Destination distillery creating premium-grade distilled products from locally grown grains & fruit. Summer Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day, open Mon-Wed, 10am-5pm; Thurs-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 12pm-5pm. Winter Hours: Labor Day – Memorial Day, closed Mon-Thurs; open Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm.

Operation Season: Year Round

Clayton Opera House

Clayton Opera House

403 Riverside Dr.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-2200

The Clayton Opera House is a renowned, year-round cultural institution for the presentation of the performing arts. It is an important cultural destination for residents and tourists of the Thousand Islands region. This venue can be rented for social functions, business activities and community events.

Operation Season: Year Round

coyote moon

Coyote Moon Vineyards

17371 Co. Rt. 3
East Line Road.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5600

If you are looking for an over-the-top customer experience, filled with award-winning wines, friendly staff, and a howling good time, Coyote Moon Vineyards is a must-visit destination! The entire Randazzo Family invites you to be their guest and sample over 19 varieties of delectable, hand-crafted, award-winning wines from their famous, or infamous, Twisted Sister to their Best of Class Gold Medal Winner, Marquette. Coyote Moon has a wine for every palate, tantalizing taste buds from dry to sweet and everything in between. Even beer drinkers feel right at home after sampling their Fire Boat Red, the sweet nectar of the North! Pack a picnic, the family, or just yourself and take a memorable stroll through their picturesque vineyard, the largest in Northern New York with more than 20 acres of Northern Grape Vines. Explore, sample, and learn how their award-winning wines are handcrafted with a tour of the crush pad, fermentation room, and bottling facility. Allow the Randazzos to create that experience in a fun-filled environment for you today and you will learn what all the howling is about!

Operation Season: Year Round

Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery

321 James St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-777-0612

Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery offers fine-crafted original work by artists from Northern New York, specializing in wood, clay, fibers, metals, painting/drawing and glass.

Operation Season: May - December

Ingerson Rivergate Trail

S. Gerald Ingerson Preserve and Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5345

This 140-acre preserve lying south of the Village of Clayton is a mosaic of wildlife habitats: successional shrublands, oak, pine and maple forests and McCarn Creek. Protecting McCarn Creek, a tributary to French Creek, protects and guards important spawning habitat for fish species and serves as a filter to clean water that flows into the St. Lawrence River. It includes 2 miles of the Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail, the portion of the trail that is restricted to non-motorized traffic. Overall, the Rivergate Trail, the result of a rails-to-trails project, is a 27-mile multi-use trail with several access points located in Clayton off Black Creek Road, in Orleans across the downtown, in Theresa, Redwood and Philadelphia.

Operation Season: Year Round

Saint Lawrence Spirits

38289 Rt. 12E
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-285-5224
Toll Free: 888-528-1992

Saint Lawrence Spirits is a farm-based distillery crafting small batch spirits, including vodka, gin, absinthe, moonshine, whiskey and bourbon. Located right on the St. Lawrence River, the Distillery and Château (previously Fairview Manor) tie in decades of history to their process. Saint Lawrence Spirits proudly proofs down their spirits with St. Lawrence River water through reverse osmosis, providing THE SPIRIT OF THE RIVER IN EVERY BOTTLE®. Saint Lawrence Spirits uses 100% New York grains in their moonshine, whiskey and bourbon, many of which are grown in Jefferson County! They offer tastings and craft cocktails at their Downtown Tasting Room, 510 Riverside Drive, Clayton, and in the on-site restaurant, Saint Lawrence Spirits Château. The Château is a farm-to-table restaurant combining local ingredients and international flavors for a very unique dining experience on the St. Lawrence River. Serving lunch, brunch & dinner year round!

Operation Season: Year Round

St. Lawrence Pottery

41468 State Route 12
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-4252

Art gallery and studio featuring hand thrown and decorated pottery, lamp work, glass bead jewelry, paintings and other fine crafts reflecting the St. Lawrence River area.  Minutes from Interstate 81, with plenty of parking and friendly artists ready to give demonstrations of their crafts and behind the scenes studio tours. Open year round  and stocked with hundreds of one of a kind gifts and collectibles, don’t miss this shop during your visit to the river! Check out our website for hours and more information.

Operation Season: Year Round

Thousand Islands Art Center

Thousand Islands Arts Center, Home of the Handweaving Museum

314 John St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-4123

The Thousand Islands Arts Center retains a vast 20th century North American textile collection and library and two galleries presenting a wide variety of changing art exhibitions year-round. The Arts Center offers over 100 classes and workshops in a variety of disciplines including weaving, pottery, painting, photography, soap making, jewelry making and other heritage arts. We also host three annual events, including a Weaving History Conference, the Antique Show & Sale celebrating 54 years, and the Arts & Crafts Show, in its 36th year in 2018. TIAC also houses a weaving and pottery studio on its campus.

Operation Season: Year Round

TILT Office

Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT)

135 John St.
PO Box 238
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5345

Located in the Heart of downtown Clayton, the Thousand Islands Land Trust and Visitors’ Center offers access to TILT’s knowledgeable staff, information regarding their vibrant “treks” (outdoor recreation programs) seasons and events. The TILT Office invites 1000 Islands residents and visitors to learn more about the region and the importance of conserving it.

Operation Season: Year Round

Thousand Islands Museum

Thousand Islands Museum

312 James St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5794

Housing special exhibits of world class muskies and hunting decoys from the past and present. Museum gallery and library offers history of river life along the St. Lawrence. The museum is the only place in the world where you can purchase St. Lawrence Tartan. Located in the Historic District of downtown Clayton. Host to the annual Decoy and Wildlife Art Show. Gallery hours: Jan-May, open Tues & Wed, 10am-4pm. Memorial Day-Labor Day: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm and 1-4pm Sunday. Labor Day-December: Tues-Sat, 10am-4pm.

Operation Season: Year Round

Winged Bull

Winged Bull Studio

12975 House Rd
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5722

An atelier – an artist’s workshop – where the works of Greg Lago can be viewed as they are created! His Vandercook Press rarely sits idle; printing wood engravings and linocuts that have brought him international recognition. Works in various mediums by Lago and other artists are also on display.

Operation Season: Year Round

Wood Boat Brewery

Wood Boat Brewery

625 Mary St.
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-3233

Craft Brewery that also sells brick oven pizza. When the weather is warm, there is nothing better than sipping some brew, enjoying some grub and the views of the magnificent St. Lawrence River with amazing sunsets on our outdoor deck. In the cooler months, enjoy the fun, friendly indoor pub style restaurant and lounge.

Operation Season: Year Round

Zenda Preserve

Zenda Farms Preserve, Community Garden and MacFarlane Trail

38973 Zenda Farm Rd
Clayton, NY 13624

Phone: 315-686-5345

Zenda Farms was a state-of-the-art dairy and beef farm that operated from 1939 into the late 1950’s. The farm preserve includes the original Jamesway farm buildings, thought to be the only full set of their kind in North America! The preserve is surrounded by 405 acres of wetlands, forest, and hay meadows maintained for wildlife habitat which includes the LoisJean and John MacFarlane Trail and the Zenda Community Garden.  The Zenda Community Garden provides fresh, locally grown produce for participating local families, and a Kids Korner Garden and Natural Play Area which is open to the public. The 1.35-mile-long LoisJean and John MacFarlane Trail runs around the perimeter of a meadow and is a non-motorized trail for hiking, jogging & cross-country skiing. TILT’s plan for the future of Zenda Farms is to establish the preserve as a model for land conservation through community engagement and learning within its ecologically diverse and culturally historic farm setting.

Operation Season: Year Round

Delta, ON
Old Stone Mill

Old Stone Mill National Historic Site

46 King St.
Delta, ON K0E 1G0

Phone: 613-928-2584

For all the sights and sounds of Ontario’s oldest operating stone gristmill, plan a visit to Delta’s 200-plus-year-old stone landmark, the Old Stone Mill! Designated in 1972 as a National Historic Site, it is equipped with operating milling machinery, a turning water wheel, and three floors of exhibitions. The Old Stone Mill is a educational and fun destination owned and operated by a non-profit organization that has spent 50 years restoring and preserving this important piece of Canadian heritage. The Mill is open daily between Victoria Day Weekend and Labour Day and by appointment in the off-season. Admission is free and tours are available from knowledgeable volunteers and helpful summer students.

Operation Season: May - December

Elgin, ON

Rideau Heritage Route

1671 Chaffeys Lock Rd
Rideau Canal
Elgin, ON K0G 1E0

Phone: 613-583-4783

The Rideau Heritage Route from Lake Ontario in Kingston to the Ottawa River winds its way through historic sites, charming villages, quaint attractions and spectacular recreation areas. Discover how the Rideau Canal has been connecting communities along the Rideau Heritage Route for almost 2 centuries, via a chain of lakes and rivers joined by man-made canals and locks for 202km. The Rideau Canal, along with the Kingston Fortifications and Fort Henry are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Come cruise, paddle, hike, cycle and tour one of Canada’s best kept secrets.

Operation Season: Year Round

Finch, ON
South Nation

South Nation River Conservation Authority (SNRCA)

38 Victoria St.
PO Box 29
Finch, ON K0C 1K0

Phone: 613-984-2948

Discover the nature, wildlife and recreational opportunities of the South Nation Conservation Jurisdiction! Canoe one of the five South Nation canoe routes, try your hand at fishing, or visit conservation areas and trails for walking, hiking, cycling and geocaching adventures.

Operation Season: Year Round

Fineview, NY
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

44927 Cross Island Rd
Fineview, NY 13640

Phone: 315-482-2479

The Nature Center covers 600 acres within Wellesley Island State Park. We have 9 miles of trails that are open year round and the 3500 square foot Nature Center is full of family friendly exhibits, including live animals. Other attractions at the Nature Center include our butterfly house that is open in July and August. We have programming year round for both children and adults and are happy to design specialized programming to suit the needs of any group. Our annual Autumn Festival is the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. Call 315-482-2479 or view our website for information on current programs.

Operation Season: Year Round

wellesley island state park

Wellesley Island State Park

44927 Cross Island Rd
Fineview, NY 13640

Phone: 315-482-2722
Toll Free: 800-456-2267

Minna Anthony Common Nature Center and hiking trails are located inside the park. Open most days from 9am-4pm. Please call 315-482-2479 to confirm the Nature Center is open

Operation Season: Year Round

Gananoque, ON

1000 Islands Helicopter Tours

88 Hwy. 32
Gananoque, ON K7G 2V3

Phone: 613-382-3888
Toll Free: 855-855-HELI (4354)

Experience all that the 1000 Islands has to offer, first class! 1000 Islands Helicopter Tours and Kouri’s Kopters offer the most spectacular views from planned tours, custom charters and life-changing excursions. See the beauty, romance, and grandeur of the 1000 Islands from the air. Feel the excitement as you lift off and fly away on a journey of a lifetime from our state of the art facility. Take home memories by purchasing your personalized high-definition video of your tour!

Operation Season: Year Round

Gananoque Brewing Company

Gananoque Brewing Company

9 King St. E.
Gananoque, ON K7G 1E7

Phone: 613-463-9131

The brewery is located in the historic Bell Tower mall built in 1860 and was originally used to manufacture springs and axles for horse-drawn carriages. People are welcome to come in for a tasting flight, a 12-ounce sample or  even a tour.

Operation Season: Year Round

Gan Inn & Spa

Gananoque Inn & Spa

550 Stone St. S.
Gananoque, ON K7G 2A8

Phone: 613-382-2165
Toll Free: 888-565-3101

Take time to decompress and experience our many spa services. This petit spa is like an oasis with lots of little “extras” and will make you feel rejuvenated and relaxed. New clients always welcome. Located on the second floor of the Gananoque Inn & Spa. Open until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

Operation Season: Year Round

Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands

Shorelines Casino Thousand Islands

380 Hwy. 2
Exit 648, off Hwy. 401
Gananoque, ON K7G 2V4

Phone: 613-382-6800
Toll Free: 866-266-8422

Open Daily. Local and casually upscale, this is the place to go to escape – not just for gaming, but also for eating, drinking, entertainment, socializing, or relaxing. Must be at least 19 years to enter.

Operation Season: Year Round

Hammond, NY
Crooked Creek Preserve

Crooked Creek Preserve and Macsherry Trail

Hammond, NY 13646

Phone: 315-686-5345

The preserve consists of 1,525 acres of class I wetlands, uplands and forest along Crooked Creek, in both Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. It is one of the most significant wetlands on the St. Lawrence, providing habitat for countless species, and acting as both filter and buffer when water levels fluctuate. Bald eagles regularly fly overhead and the creek meanders for miles of quiet paddling. The Macsherry Trail consists of a short loop of about 1.5 miles and a long loop of nearly 3 miles. Passing beaver ponds and meandering through woods, it leads to the creek itself with a wonderful view of Chippewa Bay, before circling back to the trail head.

Operation Season: Year Round

Henderson, NY
henderson historical society museum

Henderson Historical Society Museum

12581 Co. Rt. 72
Henderson, NY 13650

Phone: 315-938-7163

The Museum is housed in 3 buildings: the former Universalist Church, Circa 1839 (with original 1880’s Horwood stain glass windows and church furniture), the 1820’s Ray cabin (furnished with the items of Henderson settler families) and the Peters-Stevens Boat Annex, which displays 12 Henderson-made wooden work and recreation boats from 1880s to about 1940s. The collection has work by local artists as well as two Springsteen paintings and Springsteen’s collection of mathematical papers and drawings on site, two Tyler coverlets, Indian and Pre-Indian artifacts and period maps. Numerous educational programs are offered during the season.

Operation Season: May - January

Ingleside, ON
Bird Sanctuary

Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary & Campsite

5591 Co Rd. 2
Ingleside, ON K0C 1M0

Phone: 613-537-2024
Toll Free: 800-437-2233

One of the key wildlife habitats in Eastern Ontario, the Sanctuary includes wooded uplands, waterways and marshland. Visitor Interpretive Centre with nature programs and more than 8 km of self-guided nature trails and over 200 species of birds. A birder’s paradise!

Operation Season: Year Round

Iroquois, ON

Smyth’s Apple Orchard

11652 Co Rd 18, RR 1
Iroquois, ON K0E 1K0

Phone: 613-652-2477

“Home of the McIntosh apple.” In 1796 John McIntosh discovered and named the first McIntosh tree – the orchard now boasts several variety of apples, cider, jams, chutneys and giftwares. Ready-made gift baskets or made-to-order baskets.

Operation Season: August - April

Kingston, ON
agnes etherington art centre

Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Queen's University, 36 University Avenue
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Phone: 613-533-2190

Agnes Etherington Art Centre is a research intensive art museum located on the historic campus of Queen’s University. It illuminates the great artistic traditions of the past and the innovations of the present through year-round programs of exhibitions and outreach activities staged across eight beautiful galleries, the Bieler Studio, and assorted public spaces including the gracious period rooms of the historic Etherington House. As a space of display, innovation and exchange, the Agnes is an experiential learning space for diverse disciplines at Queen’s, and the public gallery for Kingston region. Its superb collections – numbering over 16,500 works – include cutting edge contemporary art and fine examples of Canadian historical art, Indigenous art and artifacts, and material culture including an unusual collection of Canadian Historical Dress and the Lang Collection of African Art. The Bader Collection, focusing on Rembrandt and his school, centers on more than 200 paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, including one portrait and two beautiful character studies by Rembrandt.

Operation Season: Year Round

School Museum

Frontenac County Schools Museum

414 Regent St.
Kingston, ON K7L 5J9

Phone: 613-544-9113

Heritage limestone building with a schoolroom depicting an 1890-1910 school. Complete with costumed teacher and activities; a gallery holds changing displays.

Open Monday to Saturday, 10 am-3 pm July and August. Open Monday to Wednesday, 10 am-3 pm September to June and by appointment.

Operation Season: Year Round

Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre

218 Princess St.
Kingston, ON K7L 1B2

Phone: 613-530-2050

The Grand Theatre showcases a season that is jam-packed with dazzling entertainment; featuring theatre, dance, music, comedy, variety, and family performances. The spotlight shines on internationally-known celebrity artists, Broadway touring shows, and local arts groups in over 100 amazing shows each year. The acoustically perfect Regina Rosen Auditorium and the intimate Baby Grand Theatre, plus two spacious reception lounges, make the Grand Theatre the City of Kingston’s premier performing arts facility. The theatre is wheelchair accessible.

Operation Season: Year Round

Kingston Symphony

Kingston Symphony Association

11 Princess St.
Suite 206
Kingston, ON K7L 5C8

Phone: 613-546-9729
Toll Free: 800-451-2453

The Kingston Symphony is dedicated to musical development in our community through the orchestras and choir we operate and the high musical performances we present.

Operation Season: Year Round

Lemoine Point Conservation Area

1440 Coverdale Dr.
Kingston, ON K7M 8X7

Phone: 613-546-4228
Toll Free: 877-956-CRCA (2772)

Facilities include hiking and un-groomed cross-country ski trails, swimming area and picnic area. Open year round, daily from 7:30am – dusk. Free admission, donations appreciated.

Operation Season: Year Round

Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre

370 King St. W.
Suite 305
Kingston, ON K7L 2X4

Phone: 613-548-4883

Presents works from Canadian contemporary artists. As a not-for-profit venue for contemporary art, the Centre facilitates the presentation and interpretation of visual and time-based arts that explore wide-ranging aesthetics and probe a broad scope of formal and socio-cultural questions.

Operation Season: Year Round

Museum of Health Care at Kingston- On KGH Grounds

32 George Street
Ann Baillie Bldg, National Historic Site
Kingston, ON K7L 2V7

Phone: 613-548-2419

One of the largest collections of medical artifacts in Canada, numbering nearly 40,000 artifacts! Eight exhibits in the historic Ann Baillie Building bring to life the story of health care from the 18th century to the present. Gallery and outdoor walking tours available by appointment. YR. June-Aug, Tues-Sun; Sept-May, Tues-Fri. 10 am to 4 pm. We are now universally accessible with an elevator.

Operation Season: Year Round

Ontario Parks

Southeast Zone Ontario
Beechgrove Complex 51 Heakes Lane
Kingston, ON K7M 9B1

Phone: 888-668-7275
Toll Free: 800-667-1940

Ontario Parks is a branch of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Its ensures that Ontario’s provincial parks protect significant natural, cultural and recreational environments, while providing ample opportunities for visitors to participate in recreational activities such as camping, boating, fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, wildlife viewing, day-use and natural heritage education. See Charleston Lake, Frontenac, Rideau River, Silver Lake, Murphys Point, Sandbanks, North Beach,Lake on the Mountain and Bon Echo. Also check out Frontenac, Sandbanks and Murphys Point Provincial Parks for cross-country skiing and/or snow-shoeing. Roofed accommodation is available at Charleston Lake (new yurt huts), Sandbanks (heritage home and cottage) and Bon Echo (rustic cabins and new yurts).

Operation Season: Year Round

Morrisburg, ON
Audience Entering Theatre

Upper Canada Playhouse

12320 Co. Rd 2
Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0

Phone: 613-543-3713
Toll Free: 877-550-3650

A totally equipped, air conditioned and accessible 275-seat professional theatre in a charming former toothbrush factory where all seats are close to the action! Includes spring and fall live concerts, a four-show summer season of popular plays and a winter holiday show family show. Bus tour groups welcome.

Operation Season: May - December

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village

13740 Co. Rd 2
Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0

Phone: 613-543-4328
Toll Free: 800-437-2233

Experience an authentically recreated 1860s village, complete with three fully operational mills, flourishing farms, trades people and a busy social and domestic life. Period music & entertainment, horse drawn vehicles, children’s activities and boat rides. Battle of Crysler’s Farm 1812 Centre nearby. Special events include Pumpkinferno in October and Alight at Night in December.

Operation Season: May - December

Philadelphia, NY
Otter Creek Winery

Otter Creek Winery

33109 Rudes Rd
Philadelphia, NY 13673

Phone: 315-642-0622

Located in Northern New York and owned by Kyle Hafemann, the youngest person to start a farm winery in the state. Currently producing more than 7,000 gallons of 13 different varieties of wine. Specializing in using cold-hardy grapes, the region’s signature wine flavors. Come in and taste hand-crafted wines and view our beautiful vineyards.

Operation Season: Year Round

Redwood, NY
Grand Lake Reserve

Grand Lake Reserve and Hiking Trails

Burns Road
Redwood, NY 13679

Phone: 315-482-4757

The Grand Lake Reserve presents a spectacular landscape rich with biological diversity, rugged geography and beautiful scenery. Located between Grass and Butterfield lakes and including more than 5 miles of shoreline, Grand Lake offers five trails totaling more than 6 miles.

Operation Season: Year Round

Marc A. F. Baker Island Preserve

Marc A.F. Baker Island Preserve

Burns Road
Redwood, NY 13679

Phone: 315-482-4757

A remarkable property located on Grass Lake with more than 2.5 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Just a short paddle from the Grass Lake boat launch, the preserve is reachable only by water. The trail begins and ends at the dock located on the north end of the island. This easy hike affords multiple views of the western end of Grass Lake and surrounding wetlands. Hikers often see osprey, common loons and great blue herons. Maintained by the Indian River Lakes Conservancy.

Operation Season: Year Round

Sackets Harbor, NY

The Gallery – Fine Art

115 W. Main St.
Sackets Harbor, NY 13685

Phone: 315-323-1242

Gallery featuring original pastels, giclee prints, etchings and oil paintings by local Sackets Harbor resident, Lawrence C. Barone. Most of the works on display and available for sale are original, with some giclee print reproductions. Works are also sold as blank greeting cards. Daily 10am-5pm, year round.

Operation Season: Year Round

Theresa, NY

Home Again Alpaca Farm

37098 Schell Rd
Theresa, NY 13691

Phone: 315-628-5302

Come fall in love with curious and gentle alpacas. Slow “drive-by” viewing is encouraged, or you may call ahead for an appointment for a full farm tour and personal introduction to alpacas of various ages, colors and personalities. The 50-acre farm includes a vineyard and is located on the Seaway Wine Trail – Route 26 between Theresa and Philadelphia. Also visit the retail store of alpaca goods and soft yarn.

Operating season is year round; by chance or by appointment. Friday, Saturday and Monday noon to 4 pm. For other days, please call for an appointment.

Operation Season: Year Round

Watertown, NY

Disabled Persons Action Organization Concerts

617 Davidson St.
PO Box 222
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-0444
Toll Free: 800-533-2859

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, the Tragically Hip, 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

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

Fun Xcape

223 JB Wise Place
Suite 20
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-405-8629

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

jefferson county historical society

Jefferson County Historical Society

Paddock Mansion
228 Washington St
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-3491

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

Operation Season: Year Round

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New York State Zoo at Thompson Park

1 Thompson Park
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-782-6180

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 strives to be the premier zoological park that focuses on New York State ecosystems through conservation, education, scientific study and recreation. 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 in winter, plus midweek during school breaks.


Operation Season: Year Round

Flower Memorial Library

Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library

229 Washington St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-785-7705

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 Center

154 Stone St.
Watertown, NY 13601

Phone: 315-788-1340

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

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

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

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

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

Wellesley Island, NY

Cross Island Farms

44301 Cross Island Rd
Wellesley Island, NY 13640

Phone: 315-482-FOOD(3663)

Farm tours by appointment on 102-acre organic vegetable and livestock farm. Learn about organic farming. Collect fresh eggs, pet a baby goat and see sustainable energy projects. Learn about permaculture and U-pick berries in season by appointment in the “Enchanted Edible Forest Garden.” Parties of 10 or more receive 20 percent off.

Operation Season: Year Round