Clayton and the Thousand Islands

Summer travel season is back, but with gas prices hitting over $5 for most parts of the Empire State, it’s getting harder and harder to stay on budget. While fuel may have become more expensive, there are plenty of nearby attractions to enjoy a fuel-up from the city of Syracuse.

Spectrum News 1 has set up gas-friendly getaways in New York State for the whole family to enjoy this summer.

On our first stop in the series, we head north to Clayton and the Thousand Islands region.

One way to Clayton from Syracuse

Travel time: 1h25, 90.5 miles

Fuel economy: 25 mpg, 3.6 gallons

At $5 per gallon: $18.20

Full trip: $36.20

Clayton is a quaint village surrounded by the St. Lawrence River where you can enjoy boating, kayaking or fishing.

A great option in Alex Bay are Uncle Sam’s Boat Tours, which depart daily. These tours will give you a relaxing stroll near sights such as Boldt Castle, or a shuttle for a tour of the castle and its boathouse.

If you’re with the kids, there are at least a few options for miniature golf and go-karts in the area, while adults might want to visit places like the Clayton Distillery. There are also several small shops with unique gifts and visitor favorite restaurants, whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

This year marks a special year for the Village of Clayton as 2022 marks its 150th anniversary. A number of special events are planned to mark this anniversary which will take place on Saturday 13 August.

If you’re looking to take a trip to Clayton this week, this Thursday you can take advantage of the free concert series at 6:00 p.m. at Frink Park. Coyote Moon Vineyards has just started its summer wine cruises on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

There will also be fireworks in Clayton at dusk on July 3 to celebrate Independence Day.

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