Adirondack Leisure Activities

Take all the time you need to kick back, relax and enjoy your Adirondack vacation.

SPRING

VISIT: AUDUBON IMPORTANT BIRDING AREAS

As temperatures warm throughout the Adirondacks, the rugged landscape shakes off winter's snow and ice. Enjoy late spring through early summer's outdoor recreation opportunities in Northern New York. Search for boreal birds along the coast of Lake Champlain and in heart of the Adirondack Region. Two Adirondack birding celebrations take place in June at the peak of nesting season, featuring guided excursions and special lectures. The Adirondacks are also home to several New York State Scenic Byways, offering a plethora of wildlife viewing opportunities. Drive these scenic routes and find multiple National Audubon Society-designated Important Birding Areas where you can see native and migratory species throughout the spring birding season.

EXPERIENCE: SPRING FESTIVALS, FOOD AND FISH

Adirondack spring festivals celebrate the changing seasons - from DaffFest in Saranac Lake, to the Festival of Food and Wine in Lake Placid. Find out how Adirondack Maple Syrup is made during Maple Weekend gatherings throughout the Adirondacks and enjoy locally made maple delicacies. Tour along the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail and sample wines and ciders made in the Adirondacks. 

Celebrated for its lush forests and pristine waterways, the Adirondack Region is home to a multitude of wildlife, including many species of fish. Angle along quiet streams, the famed Ausable River or drop a line in lakes and rivers throughout the Adirondacks.

DISCOVER: ADIRONDACK ARTS AND HERITAGE EVENTS

The Adirondack Region is home to a legendary arts and cultural heritage, from the celebrate paintings of Georgia O'Keeffe and Rockwell Kent, to the literary genius of Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson - discover arts history and find vibrant arts communities throughout the Adirondacks. Enjoy a spring performance at the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, attend a gallery opening or watch an original production at one of many performing arts centers.

SUMMER

VISIT: SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK AND OTHER PLAYS

The Adirondack Region's unique arts and cultural centers, like the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, offer incredible family-friendly programs, workshops and performances. Watch Prospero conspire with Ariel, dance the night away during the Songs at Mirror Lake summer concert series and don't forget to check out the Adirondack culinary scene.

Relax at one of the Adirondack Coast's sandy beaches, pedal along scenic roadways and enjoy the simple pleasures of summer - like stopping for ice cream at a road-side stand.

EXPERIENCE: NATURE WALKS AND DAY HIKES

Hiking is a way of life for many in the Adirondacks where thousands of miles of hiking trails offer diverse experiences - from quick waterfall hikes in the St. Lawrence Region to wildlife viewing at Paul Smiths and along the boardwalks at the Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb, operated by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Enjoy scenic day walks through quaint towns, and nature parks without straying too far from civilization.

DISCOVER: ADIRONDACK ARCHITECTURE

A classic summer vacation awaits in the Adirondacks - offering equal parts tradition and serendipity. Stay in a restored and fully-operational Adirondack Great Camp in Raquette Lake and enjoy paddling, hiking and traditional crafts workshops. Feel restored not only by your natural surroundings, but by your Adirondack Lodging as well. The quintessential architecture of the Adirondacks offers a distinctive destination - one that is to be cherished and enjoyed. Take a boat cruise on Raquette Lake aboard the W.W. Durant and glimpse the Great Camps of Carnegie, Vanderbilt and many more.

FALL

VISIT: ADIRONDACK CORN MAZES

The Adirondack Region boasts a longer fall foliage season than anywhere else in the northeast. Test your Adirondack history and geography expertise in the Heroic Corn Maze at Fort Ticonderoga. Hints are given along the way, helping you solve the puzzle and navigate to the finish. The Great Adirondack Corn Maze is now open in the hamlet of Gabriels, offering fun for the whole family. Bring a flashlight for special after-dark events like "Fright Night."

EXPERIENCE: ADIRONDACK HISTORY AND FALL EVENTS

From historic reenactments to family-friendly festivals - opportunities to enjoy the spectacular Adirondack fall foliage abound. Watch Bavarian dancers twirl as you taste delicious, authentic cuisine at Oktoberfest, or marvel as colorful hot air balloons take flight at the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Queensbury. Take a gondola ride to the top of Little Whiteface or Gore Mountain, or a scenic flight over the lakes and mountains for a new perspective on fall foliage.

DISCOVER: BEAUTIFUL FOLIAGE

For a truly relaxing trip through the Adirondack fall foliage, head out for a drive on a New York State Scenic Byway and find forests ablaze in golden light, lakes shimmering in a dazzling sunset and peaceful villages and towns set against richly hued foliage. Fall is a great time to get away and simply relax amid the stunning natural beauty of a forest brilliant with new color. Stay at one of our cozy, and luxuriously appointed Adirondack lodges and glimpse loons, herons, grazing deer and moose. Don't forget your camera!

WINTER

VISIT: SANTA'S WORKSHOP

In the village of Wilmington, Santa's Workshop at the North Pole has been welcoming generations of children to its family friendly amusement park for over 60 years. Enjoy holiday shows, rides and shops all celebrating nostalgic Christmas traditions. Find unique gifts at shops and boutique stores throughout the Adirondacks. From Hoss's County Corner in Long Lake, to Lake George's outlets and nationally recognized brand department stores to shopping near the Canadian border in Plattsburgh - find something for everyone on your list.

EXPERIENCE: HOLIDAYS IN THE MOUNTAINS

From mid-December through February, look forward to spending the holidays in the mountains with special events that celebrate the special season. Enjoy Lake Placid's annual Holiday Village Stroll, a weekend event that kick-starts the Christmas season. Stroll along main streets' decorated with twinkling lights and festive displays take an evening dogsled ride on a frozen lake and enjoy full moon cross-country ski parties. Of course, you can always curl up next to a blazing fire and enjoy spending time with your loved ones in a relaxing Adirondack lodging property.

DISCOVER: ADIRONDACK TRADITIONS

The Adirondack Region is home to winter sports traditions that span centuries. Cheer on man and beast during dog sled races in the village of Inlet, or join in one of the oldest and most sacred Adirondack traditions - the Winter Carnival. Held annually in villages and towns throughout the region, these cherished Adirondack winter festivals showcase the area's heritage, history and creative spirit. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is the longest running event of its kind in the eastern United States.

The Adirondack Regions
The Adirondack Region features over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs.
Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region - discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. You're invited to explore the Lake George Region's family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau's one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.
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