Sackets Harbor Things to Do
Sackets Harbor was a key position in the U.S-British War of 1812 because of its location on Lake Ontario near the shipping lanes of the St. Lawrence River. Most of the original earthworks and fortifications have been removed to make room for village growth and agriculture; there are a few monuments left to view.
The park lands are great for picnicing with a tremendous view down onto Lake Ontario.
You can take a self-guided walk to see the sparse tablets or get a guided tour by a volunteer dressed in 1812 military uniform. Some of the old buildings, like the commandant's house, Madison's Barracks, and the storage building have been refurbished for viewing.
The whole tour takes about one hour at a slow walk.
on special occasions they have exhibits and re-enactments. see website for details.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
Sackets Harbor Hotels
Sackets Harbor Restaurants
This brewery is about 20 years old and makes some unique micro-brewed selections.
Half the beer they sell (about 20000 gallons) is made right in Sackets Harbor and the rest is made in their sister company in Saratoga Springs, NY.
The food is typically steak and sandwiches and some mighty tasty beer. There are five special brews of the house that you can order plus the old standards. We had open-face steak sandwich, fries and a salad and a chicken-and-vegetables platter... good old American fare.
The eating area was dark woods with some nautical gear on the wall and many posters of beers of the world and things having to do with brewing beer.
The staff was pretty busy (they appeared to be short-handed that day) but still we got served within 15 minutes and everything was fine. There was a small mix-up between what we ordered and what was on the bill and they nicely corrected the tab in our favor. We returned the favor by leaving a good tip.
We will return there on our next visit up route 3 on our way to the Thousand Islands.Related to:
- Beer Tasting
- Road Trip
Sackets Harbor Warnings and Dangers
The Sackets Harbor area rates in the top 5% of safe places to visit in New York State. It has virtually no crime outside of a few misdemeanor fights and petty shoplifting. There is only 1 sex offender registered in the whole population.
You can feel very safe visiting here, but we always remember to lock car doors and put valuables in the locked car trunk out of sight. Good habits never hurt.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Family Travel