95% of Clayton's business district is on the National Register of Historic Places, allowing visitors to get a feeling of what life was like along the river and in the 1000 Islands around the turn of the last century. Its several quality gift and specialty food shops, its array of quality restaurants and attractions, including three major museums, make an easily accessible place for visitors to pursue their individual interests.
For cruise line directors, Clayton clearly offers a very refreshing opportunity for visitors to get away from the stresses of day visits to busier tourist resort areas where lengthy transportation times to and from attractions and waits in line press time restraints, detracting from visitor's relaxation and enjoyment.
The Cape May Light is Clayton's newest addition to the
list of cruise ships choosing the quaint village as their
1000 Islands Port of Call. This magnificent $38 million vessel, christened in 2001, carries 225 passengers with a crew of 75...one crew member for every three guests! The Cape May Light or her sister ship, the Cape Cod Light, due to enter service in the spring of 2002, are scheduled to visit Clayton every week throughout the 2002 season from late May through early October.
Other cruise lines making Clayton their stopping points include American
Caribbean Cruise Lines and St. Lawrence Cruise Lines. Clayton is the only
cruise line destination in the 1000 Islands, if that gives you any idea of
what the village holds in store for all of our visitors, whether they come
by land, sea or air.
Large cruise ships dock at Clayton's Frink Memorial Pier. Located in the heart of the business district, right across the street from Thousand Islands Inn, everything in Clayton is within easy walking distance. Naturally, every ship landing and departing attracts a large pier side audience gathered at Frink Park. Ship's passengers, after visiting Boldt Castle, the Antique Boat Museum, Thousand Islands Museum and a "little" shopping along Riverside Drive, are sent off with entertainment, provided by our chamber of commerce, as a "bon-voyage" to their next port of call.
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