Location: Lake Ontario
Ease of Getting There: 8/10
Ease of Staying There: 6/10
Ease of Eating There: 7/10
Overlooking Lake Ontario, the quaint village of Sackets Harbor, New York, is sheltered on Black River Bay. As one of New York’s Heritage Areas, the village preserves the history and beauty of the local community. Although primarily known as a summer vacation spot, you can enjoy a range of winter activities when the weather cools down.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a family vacation, Sackets Harbor has it all. Known as one of the smallest historic towns in the U.S., you will be charmed by Sackets Harbor’s architecture. History buffs will enjoy the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Park, which preserves the life of a common soldier in 1813 through reenactments during the summer months.
Everyone knows the song “Old McDonald,” but did you know his farm can be found right in Sackets Harbor? Old McDonald’s Farm is no ordinary farm. With over 200 farm animals, a Wizard of Oz-themed hayride, bounce houses, miniature golf, and an added corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall, this bucolic destination is a beloved local tradition.
During summer months, you can enjoy summer concerts and festivals, or take a trip over to the Westcott Beach State Park for some swimming. Feel the lake breeze on your face and experience the joy of sailing as you cruise across Lake Ontario. When the snow begins to settle, Westcott Beach State Park also allows you to enjoy the outdoors with snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. For more family fun, take a short drive to nearby Watertown for some ice skating or snowboarding and tubing.
Sip on your choice of wine made from locally grown grapes at Yellow Barn Winery, an old dairy farm that has been transformed into a winery. Hungry visitors will find a slew of restaurants dotting Main Street. Brunch is a must at the Tin Pan Galley, a local favorite complete with outdoor seating and musical entertainment.
Book a room at an inn or bed and breakfast if you want to stay right in the heart of Sackets Harbor. If you want more options, a quick drive to Watertown will provide you with a larger selection of dining and lodging choices.
Sackets Harbor is just over 300 miles from New York City, and takes about five and a half hours to drive. If you would prefer to fly, the Watertown International Airport is a quick fifteen-minute drive away!