Ogdensburg might not have the global reputation of New York City, but there are some big reasons to get out of the rat race and drive to this friendly St. Lawrence County city. These are just some of the attractions you shouldn’t miss while you’re in Ogdensburg.
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Frederic Remington Art Museum: Celebration of Local Artist
American artist Frederic Remington moved to Ogdensburg as a boy and took his first drawing lessons at the city’s Vermont Episcopal Institute. Today, the local Frederic Remington Art Museum showcases his works depicting cowboys, American Indians, the cavalry, and other figures of the Old American West. Original Remington sketches, paintings, and sculptures are displayed alongside his possessions and letters, giving guests a complete picture of the artist and his life.
Address: 303 Washington Street, Ogdensburg
Hours: October 16 to May 14 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; May 15 to October 15 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: Adults $9, seniors and students 16+ $8. Admission is free for children 15 and under, Ogdensburg residents, museum members, volunteers, and active military and their families
Fort de la Présentation: See History Come Alive
The Fort de la Présentation is a historic mission fort on Ogdensburg’s Lighthouse Point. The French built the fort in the 18th century to strengthen their relationship with the local Iroquois people and convert them to Catholicism. Today, the site hosts battle re-enactments, lectures, and other events. Fort de la Présentation was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.
Address: Commerce Street, Ogdensburg
Hours: Visit the Fort de la Présentation website for upcoming events
Cost: Free, even during events
St. Lawrence Golf Course & Winter Recreation Center: Year Round Fun
Five Ogdensburg golfing enthusiasts launched this site as a private golf club in 1919. It later sold to New York State, who transformed it into a public facility with a nine-hole course, putting green, driving range, and more. Make sure you take time to admire the views of St. Lawrence River from the fairway and clubhouse veranda. Once winter descends, you can go cross-country skiing on the trails or sledding on the hill.
Address: 4955 State Highway 37, Ogdensburg
Hours: Open for golf from April 26 to Columbus Day weekend. Reserve a tee time two days prior by calling 315-393-2286. The warming building opens on weekends during winter.
the course was designed to incorporate the panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River shipping channel and the Canadian shore. The vista can be seen from the fairways and from the clubhouse veranda. – See more at: http://nysparks.com/parks/70/details.aspx#sthash.AV9XlXfe.dpuf
Wheathouse Bay: Acclaimed Ice Fishing Spot
Ogdensburg has plenty of places for river fishing, but for something different, try ice fishing at Wheathouse Bay, near the Port of Ogdensburg. This celebrated spot is famous for its walleye, yellow perch, and northern pike. Local regulations allow five tip ups and two hand lines.
Address: Access Wheathouse Bay via Wall Street, Ogdensburg. Get your fishing license and local regulation guide at City Hall (330 Ford Street) or Wal-Mart (outer Ford Street)
With its excellent recreational facilities and urban attractions, it’s well worth taking a road trip upstate to picturesque Ogdensburg.