- The list below includes 43 free or cheap things to do in or near Clayton, New York, including 36 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Distilleries, Art Museum and Arts Centers.
- From Rock Island Lighthouse State Park to Cedar Point State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Clayton and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Alexandria Bay, Watertown, Kingston and Clayton.
Situated along the Saint Lawrence Seaway, the Rock Island Lighthouse State Park focuses around the historic lighthouse with several picnic areas as well. Visitors are able to tour the lighthouse by theselves or through a pre-arranged guided tour.
Several antique boating vessels are part of the extensive exhibits at the Antique Boat Museum. Visitors can view the boats up close, and during the warmer months they can also take a guided tour of the La Duchesse 1903 houseboat.
An old-fashioned kitchen display, photographs of local history, and winning entries from the annual duck and goose decoy contests form the foundation of the Thousand Islands Museum collection. The linked gift shift for the museum sells locally-made art and crafts.
Visitors can view a permanent textile collection and library at the Handweaving Museum & Arts Center. The arts center also features two studios dedicated to weaving and pottery and maintains a year round art curriculum.
The largest society of its kind, Clayton's Antique & Classic Boat Society Inc is devoted to preserving and promoting appreciation of nautical vessels. The society welcomes new members, and hosts a variety of events.
Known for its vodka production, Clayton Distillery provides visitors with an inside look at its spirit making processes. In the tasting room, visitors can sample three complimentary spirits; including moonshine, bourbon, and liqueurs.