Popular Activities & Itinerary Ideas
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.
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.
There is so much to do in St. Lawrence County that can be fun for the whole family. Looking for some outdoor activities? Try a hike to a waterfall, paddle down one of our many rivers, 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.
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. The St. Lawrence Wine Trail extends across the region, allowing visitors to explore the area and a wide range of local beverages.
Barn quilt trails have become signature projects in rural areas across the country as a way of paying homage to family and the community’s history, culture, and agricultural character. Through grass-root campaigns, several communities in St. Lawrence County have embraced the barn quilt movement, with over 100 barn quilts displayed throughout the county and the establishment of Barn Quilt Trails in the communities of Hammond and Colton.
Family Fun in the Seaway Valley
Farms, Vineyards, Trails & Towns
The valley’s chief character is agriculture, with dairy farming the dominant feature on the rolling landscape, as well as a large Amish population and local farmers markets. Black Lake is a renowned fishing spot for warm species, with Bella Brooke Winery overlooking the lake.
Interspersed among agriculture lands are numerous State Wildlife Management and Forest areas. Most of the County’s 12 villages are to be found throughout the Valley portion. Of these, Canton, the County Seat, is home to SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University. Ten miles away, Potsdam claims SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University. These four institutions support a variety of high-quality theatrical and musical performances. The Crane School of Music is particularly noted for hosting international talent.
Some recent additions to the museum list are the popular St. Lawrence Power and Equipment Museum in Madrid, the Nicandri Nature Center in Massena, and the North Country Children’s Museum in Potsdam.