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Sackets Harbor is a village of 1450 people on Lake Ontario in Northern New York. It was a naval base which withstood two Canadian attacks in battles during the War of 1812; its arch-nemesis was the British fortification at Kingston in Upper Canada.

Get in[edit]

By car, take NY 3 (Arsenal Street) west from Watertown (New York) to Adams Road or East Main Street. Sackets Harbor is about 8 mi (13 km) southwest of Watertown's airport (ART IATA) in Dexter, NY.

By boat, Sackets Harbor should be a clear shot across Lake Ontario from Kingston.

Get around[edit]

As this is a small village, less than a mile from the core to the edge of town, it is possible to tour on foot or bicycle.


Union Hotel building

Sackets has a variety of historic sights and museums relating to the war of 1812. Madison Barracks was an active military base until just after World War II, and many of the buildings have been restored. As a stop along the Seaway Trail there is a local visitors center, and interactive museum.


Seaway Trail

There are several beaches, museums, shops, and a golf course. Seasonal festivals and events include a brew fest and the Can-Am festival. Fishing is popular on the lake and on Mill Creek with several tournaments annually.

  • Old McDonald's Farm, 14471 North Harbor Rd. (County Rt 145), +1 315 583-5737. Working 1200-acre dairy farm and petting zoo, hayrides and pony rides for young kids, playgrounds, mini-golf.


  • Main Street in Sackets Harbor is a protected historic district with several independent boutiques, art galleries, museums, restaurants and bars.


  • The Boathouse, 214 Main St (on waterfront, behind Hops Spot), +1 315 646-2092. Seasonal restaurant and bar in former boathouse. Wings, seafood, waterfront patio, live entertainment.
  • Chrissy Beanz Bakery, 105 W Main St, +1 315 646-2330.
  • Goodfellos, 202 W Main St, +1 315 646-3463. Open to midnight. Italian restaurant, pizza, wine bar.
  • Tin Pan Galley, 110 W. Main St., +1 315 646-3812, fax: +1 315 646-1428. Outdoor garden patio, breakfast, late night live music.



Sackets has several charming Bed and Breakfasts and The Ontario Place Hotel downtown. Another smaller hotel is located outside of town on Route 3 next to the Nu Peir diner.

Hotels and inns[edit]

Bed and breakfast[edit]

  • Candlelight Bed and Breakfast, 501 W. Washington St., +1 315 646-1518, toll-free: +1-800-306-5595. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Georgian-style historic B&B near Lake Ontario, three rooms, wi-fi, open year round, no smoking, no pets, no kids under 12. $89-135.



  • Hay Memorial Library, 105 S. Broad St., +1 315 646-2228. M-W F noon-5PM, Th 10AM-3PM, Sa 9AM-noon, closed Su. Local library with three public-access computers, wi-fi hotspot, photocopy and fax, preschool storytime.
  • The US Post Office is at 107 W Main St NY 13685-9998 (M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-noon, closed Su), +1 315 646-2100.

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