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Best Fall Activities

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*Updated for the 2023 Season*

Check out some of most popular fall activities and things to do in St. Lawrence County.

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Taste the North Country During Local Foods Month

September is a month long celebration of local food

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September is Local Foods Month in St. Lawrence County. We celebrate all month long with heart events throughout the county, including kid-friendly activities, 5K races, art events, farm tours, product tastings, open air markets, and more.

View Fall Colors from a Fire Tower

Climb Mt. Arab, a family-friendly hike!

Piercefield, NY

Piercefield, NY

Mt. Arab is a great hike for families and those looking to enjoy some amazing views after a very short hike. The short trail is great for hikers with kids and pets, though it can be steep at times.

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Plan a day at Applewood Orchards

Apple & Pumpkin Picking, Corn Maze, Homemade Treats, and more!

Rensselaer Falls, NY

Rensselaer Falls, NY

Applewood Orchards offers a variety of activities for all age groups. Enjoy picking quality grown local fruit, explore the corn maze, pick a pumpkin from an extensive pumpkin patch, explore the playground, or host a work or family event. Not to mention the Apple Barn Market which features lunch and dinner items, baked goods, ice cream, cotton candy, jams, jellies and other unique country foods.

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Embrace the Arts at the North Country Arts Festival

A week long celebration of art!

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From August 24th, 2023 through September 2nd, 2023, the North Country Arts Festival brings the North Country community together to celebrate the arts. This 10-day, county-wide event encourages tourism and economic activity throughout St. Lawrence County by showcasing our arts industry, a critical component of our regional identity.

Brave the Remington Haunt

Explore the Frederic Remington Art Museum haunted house nights if you dare!

Ogdensburg, NY

Ogdensburg, NY

The Remington Museum hosts an annual haunted house event every October. This year, on Friday October 20th, 2023 and Saturday October 21st, 2023, ghosts and apparitions will take over the museum for two nights of scary adventure and fun!

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Try Birdwatching

Observe beautiful bird life in picturesque fall settings

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St. Lawrence County is on the flyway for many migratory species, as well as having great locations for Boreal species. With so many wild areas and wide open fields, the area is a birder’s ideal vacation. Many of the local bed and breakfasts also cater to the birds with feeders in the yards attracting all types of song birds.

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Potsdam, NY

Potsdam, NY

Visit the North Country Children's Museum for a day of fun with the whole family. Build and balance in the Construction Zone or run the store in the Kids Co-Op and Bakery. Explore the Raquette River in the Adirondack Water Play exhibit or light up your mind with a STEAM Power everbright art wall. The Playspace is especially designed for crawlers, toddlers and preschoolers, gets little ones moving with sensory and imaginative play.

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North Country Children's Museum

Drive the Barn Quilt Trail

Explore North Country Heritage

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Barn Quilts are a unique North Country expression of tradition, character, and heritage. Spend an afternoon cruising the scapes to spot these beautiful handmade creations. A detailed barn quilt trail map is available to help you plan your route & see the sights.

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Hike a Great 8 Trail

Immerse yourself in fall foliage

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Various Locations

From the foothills of the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence River, the County offers fishing opportunities for everyone. Hundreds of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams offer peaceful surroundings, a variety of species, strong fish populations, and good public access. Tournaments are held throughout the year including some cool ice fishing derbies.

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Red Sandstone Trail, southern end of Sugar Island, Potsdam, NY.

Visit STLCtrails.com

Explore our interactive trails website including: ATV, Equestrian, Paddling, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Walking, Road Cycling and so much more!
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Go Golfing

Country Clubs, State Parks, University Courses, Putt-Putt & More 

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Various Locations

Fall is a beautiful time of year to golf in St. Lawrence County. Our outdoor courses offer scenic foliage (including our mini golf courses) and when the leaves start to fall and the weather gets crisp, the indoor golf simulators will keep you in the swing of things!

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Go Fishing

Fish more than 200+ Lakes, Rivers or Streams

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Various Locations

From the foothills of the Adirondacks to the St. Lawrence River, the County offers fishing opportunities for everyone. Hundreds of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams offer peaceful surroundings, a variety of species, strong fish populations, and good public access. Tournaments are held throughout the year including some cool ice fishing derbies.

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Uncover Local History at Pickens General Store

Amish Wares, Live Music, Homemade Sweets & More

Heuvelton, NY

Heuvelton, NY

Pickens Hall & General Store is a great place to shop for local gifts and goodies with a North Country flare. Discover locally made amish goods and wares along with freshly made chocolates and treats (made right on site at Pickens), plus a range of artisan goods. The third floor Opera House is also worth a tour if you've got the time whilst shopping.

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Visit the Nature Center in Massena

Learn, Interact, and Discover at the Nicandri Nature Center

Massena, NY

Robert Moses State Park, Massena, NY

The Nicandri Nature Center offers indoor exhibits on habitats found in the north country region, including large scale exhibit tanks with native fish and turtles. The exhibits are designed to be hands-on, fun, and educational for all ages. The center also connects to a 6 mile trail system that offers scenic hikes year round and groomed cross country ski trails in winter.

Nicandri Nature Center
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Earn Badges, Complete Challenges, Make Memories

Pick your favorite trail and start there, or complete the Great 8 Challenge by hiking all 8 trails in any category to earn yourself a Great 8 badge!

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