By water, land and sky, there’s so much to see.
The Clayton Opera House knows how to make you move at its second Clayton Country Jam, September 13-15, with outdoor concerts at Frink Park Pavilion and two concerts daily at the Opera House. Enjoy a Farmers’ Market each day.
The Remington Arts Festival in Canton, September 22-23, evokes the American west in artwork, stories and song. Take a horse drawn carriage tour of Canton Village, purchase handcrafts by regional artisans, explore letterboxing, and watch traditional wood carving while your children experience Remington’s childhood through games and costume dress-ups.
Eight miles of scenic hiking trails, glacial potholes and countless acres of dazzling fall foliage beckon you to Wellesley Island State Park in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. On October 6 the 34th Annual Autumn Festival will add crafters, vendors, farm animals, guided hikes, arts and crafts, a scarecrow contest, and more fall fun.
Fishing, hiking and canoeing only begin to describe Wellesley Island’s vast Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, a 600-acre peninsula in the St. Lawrence River that draws thousands of families for wildlife sightings, bald eagle watching on Eel Bay, and events like the annual Autumn Festival, October 6. Enjoy farm animals, guided hikes, arts and crafts and birds of prey.
Peak foliage doesn’t last for long, so take it all in with an aerial tour from Adirondack Helicopters and view the stunning colors of autumn against the deep blue of the St. Lawrence River. Helicopters depart from the Swan Bay Beach Club in Alexandria Bay and tour options include Boldt Castle and Singer Castle.
The ultimate autumn float? Could be a Champagne Balloon Adventure over the 1000 Islands River Valley. So quiet and peaceful, the majesty of thousand-foot views are without distraction as you ride the breeze, watch birds in flight below you, and discover horizons from a new perspective. Sunrise and evening launches are booking through October.
For more ideas, visit 1000 Islands region.