Destination guide

Charming small-town atmosphere

Clayton lies just next to the Canadian border, nestled on the St. Lawrence River in upstate New York. It's long been a playground for vacationers who have been coming to the 1000 Islands Region for over a century. There's a wealth of Clayton vacation rentals to choose from and use as a base for explore the area. Soak up the charming small-town atmosphere, grab a bite to eat in one of the myriad riverfront eateries, look for bargains in the boutiques or take part in the many outdoor activities from golfing to kayaking.

Things to do

Antique boats and art galleries

The 1000 Islands area is studded with several fascinating museums and art galleries. The Antique Boat Museum, for example, has one of the finest collections of classic sea vessels in the world. Painters have been inspired by the beautiful landscape for years and if you love art, you've come to the right place. Visits to the Winged Bull Studio and the St. Lawrence River Art Gallery are a must. Alternatively, the Local, family-run shops can be explored, to seek out historical photos and books that chronicle the history and heritage of the 1000 Islands. And, if you're a music buff, you can always soak up a concert at the Clayton Opera House.


Kayaking and hiking in Clayton

Clayton lies in the heart of the 1000 Islands Region, a realm of natural beauty filled with adventurous outdoor activities. You can easily take advantage of this from Clayton vacation rentals. Jump into kayaks to glide down through the French Creek Wildlife Management Area, cast your lines into the river to hook in a big one, go hiking through the nearby forests in search of wildlife, or swing your club at the local golf course. And, if you want to spend a night under stars and canvas, there are plenty of wildlife spots nearby to choose from.


Distinct seasons in Clayton

You can expect to experience hot summers and freezing winters around these parts. The Clayton vacation rentals are open all year round, and each of the 4 distinct seasons offer something new and magical to explore. During spring, the area warms up and the banks of the river come alive with colorful wildflowers. Summer can be humid and hot, but you can cool off in the river. Though fall is cooler, it can be a wonderfully peaceful time to visit with the forests bursting into rich orange and yellows, while wrapping up warm to explore the winter landscape can be magical.

Natural features

Wildlife on the 1000 Islands

The 1000 Islands is a grand name, and if anything it doesn't convey the full scale of the area, which encompasses an archipelago of 1,864 islands scattered along the St. Lawrence River. These land masses differ in size greatly, from tiny outcrops to long-inhabited islands. From Clayton vacation rentals, it's easy to reach the archipelago and spot the wildlife. Deer roam along the banks of the river, wild turkeys and shorebirds gather on the smaller islands, while beavers can be seen damming up the streams and otters swim through the waters in search of fish.

How to get there

How to get to and around Clayton

The nearest airport is in Watertown, NY (ART-Watertown Intl.), located 15.9 mi (25.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Kingston, ON (YGK-Norman Rogers), which is 24.7 mi (39.7 km) away.

Where to stay around Clayton?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 204 vacation rentals near Clayton. From 88 Houses to 87 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Clayton for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Clayton?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Clayton. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Thousand Islands Museum: 232 vacation rentals
  • Clayton Marina: 233 vacation rentals
  • Antique Boat Museum: 233 vacation rentals
  • Clayton Island Tours: 231 vacation rentals
  • C-Way Golf Course: 237 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Clayton listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Clayton?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 88 Houses in Clayton. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Clayton include:

  • Cottages: 87 rentals available
  • Cabins: 87 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 87 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Clayton?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 33 vacation rentals with pool available in Clayton. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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