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Fun for Everyone

The largest county by land in New York State, St. Lawrence County has something for everyone year-round. You can spend the morning hiking, canoeing, kayaking or fishing in wild areas and finish the day with a performance by world-class artists in one of our many beautiful communities. Maybe you would rather go fishing on the St. Lawrence River, noted #1 by B.A.S.S Magazine, and watch ocean-going ships pass through the locks on the Seaway. Perhaps you like history and want to visit some of our many museums. Whatever your interest, it’s likely that you will find it here, where the rivers flow north and the land slopes up from the St. Lawrence River to the Adirondack Mountains.

A Weekend Away:
ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY

The St. Lawrence River is renowned for many things, but our fan-favorite claim to fame is definitely our world famous fishing! From summertime angling to winter ice fishing, you can go for flick year-round. You can also fish a huge range of lakes, ponds and streams throughout St. Lawrence County. Plus, enjoy all of the boating & recreation that comes with being on the water.

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St. Lawrence Seaway: Day One

MAPLE CITY TRAIL:

Get the adrenaline flowing with a brisk walk or bike ride on Maple City Trail. One of the Great 8 Trails--the 2.4-mile paved path follows the Oswegatchie River offering opportunities for all kinds of wildlife encounters including heron, deer, beaver, mink, jumping fish, bunnies and more! Start at the Dobisky Visitor Center conveniently outfitted with public restrooms and a summer concession stand.

Location: 100 Riverside Ave, Ogdensburg, NY


WIMPY'S INN:

Time to recharge! Just minutes away, you’ll find the original Wimpy’s. Treat yourself to lunch choosing from a menu of burgers, hotdogs, fries and more. Don’t forget the Wimpy Sauce!

Location: 807 Ford St, Ogdensburg, NY


HOSMER'S MARINA:

Next up, kayaking! Make your way to Hosmer’s Marina where you can rent kayaks and paddle the St. Lawrence River. From the water, discover excellent views of ships passing through the channel, the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge and Fort de La Présentation at Lighthouse Point nearby.

Location: 54 E River St, Ogdensburg, NY


SMUGGLER'S CAFE:

After paddling, enjoy dinner and live music out on the patio at Hosmer’s Marina. Heaping homemade Fries covered in Butter Garlic, Cheese & Gravy or Beer Cheese await. Lighter options like Strawberry Chicken Salad or Garlic Shrimp Flatbread Pizza promise to satisfy, as well.

Location: 54 E River St, Ogdensburg, NY


BEST WESTERN UNIVERSITY INN:

About 30 minutes away in Canton, NY—travel to your destination for the night. Laid-back rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges. Amenities include an indoor pool and a 24-hour gym, but you’ll probably be ready for simply a good night’s rest.

Location: 90 E Main St, Canton, NY

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St. Lawrence Seaway: Day Two

NICANDRI NATURE CENTER:

Nicandri Nature Center: About 45 minutes away, you’ll find this free nature center with lots of trails! Open Wednesday through Sunday from 9am-5pm, the center offers hands-on, fun exhibits (including fish and turtles!) for all ages. A 6-mile trail system also connects to the center.

Location: 19 Robinson Bay Rd., Massena, NY


AN ITALIAN AFFAIR:

About 10 minutes away, grab a bite for lunch. Fresh ingredients, homemade dough and sauce made from scratch add up to yummy Italian dishes and vegetarian options. Dine al fresco on the new patio!

Location: 339 East Orvis Street, Massena, NY

SEAWAY VISITOR CENTER AT EISENHOWER LOCK:

Less than 10 minutes away, you’ll find this brand-new attraction! Check out massive ships in transit or explore cool interactive navigation simulators. Learn about the Seaway’s past, present and future.

Location: 76 Barnhart Island Road, Massena, NY


GRISTMILL BREWERY:

Not far away, you’ll find the Gristmill Brewery. It’s the perfect spot to grab a bite with river views and room for kids to roam. Open for dinner on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and lunch on Friday and Saturday.

Location: 38 Water Street, Massena NY


ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK CAMPING:

If you’re up for camping, Robert Moses State Park on the St. Lawrence River is considered a flagship facility. Make a reservation and enjoy!

Location: 32 Beach Marina Rd, Massena, NY

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St. Lawrence Seaway: Day Three

HAWKINS POINT VISITOR CENTER:

On a nearby island, you’ll want to check out this hands-on visitor center that offers free energy-related interactive exhibits and an observation deck with scenic views. Get ready to hop on a bicycle generator and have a hair-raising experience with static electricity! Call ahead to confirm hours 315-764-6679.

Location: 21 Hawkins Point Road, Massena, NY

A Weekend Away:
RIVER VALLEY

The St. Lawrence River is renowned for many things, but our fan-favorite claim to fame is definitely our world famous fishing! From summertime angling to winter ice fishing, you can go for flick year-round. You can also fish a huge range of lakes, ponds and streams throughout St. Lawrence County. Plus, enjoy all of the boating & recreation that comes with being on the water.

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River Valley: Day One

VILLAGE DINER:

Famous for its “Flapjack Challenge,” this local fave serves breakfast and
lunch all day. Try the OMG! Burger and then choose from a selection of homemade desserts like Lemon Meringue Pie.

Location: 22 Depot Street, Market Square Mall, Potsdam, NY


NORTH COUNTRY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM:

A few minutes away in the heart of historic Potsdam—you’ll find interactive, STEAM-focused exhibits and programs specifically designed for kids and families. Open Wednesday through Sunday—it’s a great way to kick off a fun weekend!

Location: 10 Raymond St, Potsdam, NY


SERGI'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND PIZZERIA:

For dinner, Sergi's offers an authentic Italian experience. Famous for its traditional homemade foods—specialties include pizza, pasta, veal, chicken and other signature dishes.

Location: 10 Market St, Potsdam, NY


THE CLARKSON INN:

Make your way to the charming Clarkson Inn, a boutique hotel adorned
with traditional English touches and wonderful views of the river. Relax and recharge for the night.

Location: 1 Main St, Potsdam, NY

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River Valley: Day Two

3 BEARS GLUTEN-FREE BAKERY:

The next morning, find your way to the only totally glutenfree bakery in the North Country. Enjoy a cupcake, brownie or sandwich at a breezy
outside table. Vegan and kid-friendly!

Location: 51 Market St, Potsdam, NY


SWINGTIME MINI GOLF:

Next, travel through picturesque farmlands to this “country oasis for mini-golf enthusiasts of all ages!” Discover art, music, nature—and mini-golf! If the weather is iffy, call ahead to make sure they’re open.

Location: 7065 US Hwy 11, Potsdam, NY
Phone: 315-212-9975


BIG SHOTZ GOLF SIMULATOR:

Continue the golf theme at Big Shotz Golf. Unlike a video game,
the immersive real-life experience provided by the golf simulator promises to delight. Parents may appreciate the full bar service with specialty cocktail while kids enjoy foosball and pool tables.

Location: Market Square Mall, 22 Depot St Suite 22, Potsdam, NY

A Weekend Away:
ADIRONDACK FOOTHILLS

The St. Lawrence River is renowned for many things, but our fan-favorite claim to fame is definitely our world famous fishing! From summertime angling to winter ice fishing, you can go for flick year-round. You can also fish a huge range of lakes, ponds and streams throughout St. Lawrence County. Plus, enjoy all of the boating & recreation that comes with being on the water.

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Adirondack Foothills Family Fun: Day One

PACKBASKET ADVENTURES:

Located in the woods on the banks of the Oswegatchie River at the edge of the Five Ponds Wilderness Area—discover this wonderful getaway for families! Whether you stay at the log cabin lodge or private cabin, hospitality and adventure await. Paddle, hike, bike, fish or just relax. Guide Service is available for insights into back-country skills, colorful stories and local lore.

Location: 12 Reed Rd, Wanakena, NY


OTTO'S ABODE:

Nearby, you can purchase snacks for a picnic at this unique grocery store, which also serves as an informal Visitor’s Center and collaborative public art project. Grab something to eat, a bag of ice and experience Otto's Abode!

Location: 6 Hamele St, Wanakena, NY

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Adirondack Foothills Family Fun: Day Two

MT. ARAB:

Ready for a short but amazing family hike with awesome views? Even though this trail can be steep at times, it’s great for hikers with kids and pets! Park in the dirt roadside lot on Mount Arab Road. The trailhead is immediately across the road from the parking area.

Location: Mt Arab Rd, Tupper Lake, NY


CRANBERRY LAKE CAMPGROUND:

One of the largest remote areas remaining in New York, the
Cranberry Lake area is full of marked trails and ponds. Hiking, swimming, camping and picnicking are ideal activities at Cranberry Lake State Park. Each of the park's campsites has a fireplace and picnic table, with water spigots located nearby.

Location: 230 Lone Pine Rd, Cranberry Lake, NY

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Adirondack Foothills Family Fun: Day Three

KUNOCO FOOD MART:

Grab a breakfast sandwich, hot or cold sub and the best coffee in town at this helpful convenience store. From motor fuel for your vehicle to tasty food for your family, Kunoco has you covered!

Location: 3662 CR 24, Russell, NY


LAMPSON FALLS:

Walk or hike this popular trail to one of the most impressive waterfalls in the North County! This trail provides relatively easy access to the falls which drop 100 feet into a whirling pool. The trailhead is on NY-27. Park in the large roadside lot on the west side of NY-27. The trail extends for 0.5 miles along a wide, flat path to the top of the falls. Though unpaved, the first part of the trail accommodates wheelchairs.


LAZY RIVER PLAYGROUND AND RETREAT CENTER:

Nearby, you’ll find this little gem which offers sleeping cabins with outdoor bathroom facilities and open-air outdoor showers. Guests should book in advance and bring their own drinking water and food but can share a community refrigerator. Each cabin has a charcoal grill. Enjoy the antique mini-golf course, shuffleboard and horseshoes. A wonderful, rustic way to unplug and unwind!

Location: 456 Lazy River Rd, Hermon, NY

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The Great Outdoors await visitors to St. Lawrence County. Fishing in the more than 200 lakes, ponds, and streams, including both the St. Lawrence and the Raquette rivers, is a year round affair for every age and skill level. Hiking throughout the region’s trails can lead you up mountain, along river, and into beautiful wilderness areas. With easy to access waterfalls, picturesque natural scenery is closer than you can even imagine. Throughout every season, the outdoor activities continue, with snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing in the winter, and biking, hiking, canoeing, and horseback riding the rest of the year.

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Arts? Culture? Heritage? We have it all. Art museums and art galleries can be found all across the region. Craft shows and gift shops featuring local art and artists are very popular. There are performing arts centers and music venues with events all throughout the year. For history buffs out there, we have museums and historic landmarks, unique to every community. There are even battle reenactments and other events dedicated to the history of the region.

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There is so much to do in St. Lawrence County that can be fun for the whole family. Looking for some outdoor activities? Hike to a waterfall, walk by the river, or go fishing. Looking for an educational and/or a historical activity? Go back in time at one of the many museums in the County. Looking for all around fun? Attend an annual festival, concert, or event by checking our calendar for when the next one is happening. St. Lawrence County will surely be fun for the whole family.

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Whether it’s home grown, home cooked, or home brewed there is always something to satisfy your tastebuds. Farmers markets galore can be found in many of the communities, offering all sorts of fresh local products. The dining options are endless and something can always be found for the pickiest of eaters. St. Lawrence County also offers a tasteful selection of local wineries and craft breweries.

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