5 Things Friday: Five things to do in NNY this weekend

Each Friday NNY Living brings you five things to do in Northern New York this weekend. Check back every Friday for five sights to see, events to attend or local businesses to visit every weekend.

This amazing sunset over Sackets Habor was captured by photographer Andrea Parisi of the website www.iloveupstatenewyork.wordpress.com. NNY Living partnered with Andrea for our This is NNY photo story for our latest issue, which begins distribution this weekend and will be available at local Big M supermarkets next week. To request a copy of the magazine or subscribe, click on the Subscribe tab at the top of this website.

1.) Open for business. The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site officially opens today and tours of the Navy Yard and Commandant’s House are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Memorial Day Monday. Sunday: Tours start at 1 p.m. Perfect for having a nice leisurely brunch at Tin Pan Galley (get the strawberry stuffed French toast or huevos rancheros, you really can’t go wrong) and then taking the kids for a little history lesson on this sure-to-be historic weekend. For more information, visit www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org.

2.) Discover new artists. BetterArts, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to the arts in NNY, is holding an open house and fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the BetterFarm, 31060 Cottage Hill Road in Redwood. There will be live musical performances, arts and crafts stations for children and adults, gallery space filled with local art, raffles and an afternoon barbecue with locally sourced food and a cash bar featuring wine from Coyote Moon Vineyards. For more information, visit www.betterarts.org.

3.) Movies under the stars. Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer, so kick it off right by catching a couple flicks at a local drive-in theater. Drive-ins have always been a summer tradition in the north country so stop by the Bay Drive-In in Alexandria Bay and catch movies like “The Avengers” and “Dark Shadows” or the Black River Drive-In for “Men in Black III” with Will Smith. If you’re in Lewis County, don’t forget the Valley Brook Drive-In in Lyons Falls. For information about local drive-in theaters, including ticket prices, visit www.blackriverdrivein.comwww.baydrivein.com and call 348-6315 for the Valley Brook Drive-In.

4.) Play with the butterflies. This Saturday, the Heather A. Freeman Butterfly House at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park opens for the season. Residing inside the butterfly house are dozens of native species of butterflies that guests can interact with in an environment safe for the butterflies. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, so pop in and take a look around the butterfly house and then go see the lynx, wolverine and elk. It’s the only zoo in the north country, and admission is just $8 for adults, $5 for children. For more information visit www.nyszoo.org.

5.) Take a hike. The north country is lush with greenery, wildflowers and trees already filled with leaves, so get out and see them. Pick a leisurely trail and bring the kids or go for something with a little more difficulty and get a great work out in to counter the burgers you’ll likely be consuming to celebrate the holiday. There are countless sights to see in the woods that make up Northern New York, including some amazing waterfalls, ponds and streams. For a hiking map of Jefferson and Lewis County trails, including Whetstone Gulf, a perennial favorite, click here. For a sampling in St. Lawrence County, click here.


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