The Adirondack Coast holds a distinct and important place in American military history. As the site of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a pivotal battle that many historians believed turned the tide of the War of 1812 in America's favor. Annual events such as military encampments and re-enactments showcase the area's military history.
The Adirondack Coast also boasts fertile soil, and orchards, farms and wineries flourish in the northern climate. Discover incredible shopping opportunities, from farmers' markets to national department stores, as well as diverse dining options along the Lake Champlain Region.
Outdoor Recreation on the Adirondack Coast
The Adirondack Coast offers prime windsurfing, boating, sailing and scuba diving over 100 miles on Lake Champlain. Home to its own legendary Loch Ness type monster, Champy is said to roam the ancient waters - popping up for photo opportunities from time to time.
Road biking is popular along the Adirondack Coast, where scenic back roads travel through parks, along a wine trail and through small towns. For bird watchers, the Lake Champlain Birding Trail runs through New York and into Vermont, offering ample opportunity for viewing 88 different birding sites - many of which are located along the Adirondack Coast. Ranked by Audubon Magazine as one of the "top six destinations for bird watching in the United States," the Adirondack Coast offers ample opportunity for spotting Great Blue Herons, Loons and Bald Eagles. Occasional rare visitors such as the European Tufted Duck and Ivory Gull have been noted over the past few years.
Ausable Chasm is one of the region's top family attractions, offering family fun all year. The Chasm is an impressive two-mile gorge carved into the landscape over 10 million years ago. Often called the "Grand Canyon of the East," the gorge offers self-guided hiking, raft tours, cave and waterfall hikes, mountain biking, disc golf, tubing and so much more.
Popular Adirondack Coast Activities
Along the coast, parks and beaches appear in abundance. Enjoy sunny afternoons on sandy beaches or trek along some of the Adirondack Region's 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Bass fishing is huge on Lake Champlain, which has been referred to as the "sixth Great Lake" in the United States. With a maximum depth of 400 feet, more than 80 species of fish thrive. Fish for Large and Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Land-Locked Salmon, Carp and Steelhead. Annual bass fishing tournaments are held throughout the spring and summer fishing seasons, attracting hundreds of competitors from around the world each year.
Annual Lake Champlain Bass Fishing Tournaments include
- ABA Weekend Series
- FLW Tour
- FLW Everstart Series
- Northern Bass Supply
- BFL Super
The Adirondack Region boasts several New York State Scenic Byways, and the Lakes to Locks Passage runs right along the Adirondack Coast. Travel this scenic route and discover the region's important historic sites and attractions, and taste sumptuous wines at Adirondack Coast wineries along the region's growing Wine Trail. Perfect for a weekend drive or afternoon bicycle ride - discover new vintages and old favorites.
Adirondack Coast Culture
While much of the Adirondack Coast's day-to-day culture centers on the incredible outdoor opportunities available, the region also boasts a thriving arts and music scene.
Home to several art galleries, performance spaces and cultural events, the Adirondack Coast offers diverse entertainment. Hill and Hollow Music, Inc. in the town of Saranac present musical performances by renowned artists and ensembles. Nearby, the NCCCA Arts Center specializes in visual arts, music and theater performances and productions, offering events year-round, as well as workshops such as pottery making and painting. In Au Sable Forks, the Tahawus Lodge Center is renowned for offering lively programs including dance and theater performances, as well as children's workshops.
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Top Events along the Adirondack Coast
- Battle of Plattsburgh - One of the decisive battles in the War of 1812, watch as history comes to life each September along the Adirondack Coast.
- Plattsburgh Bluegrass Festival - Held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, enjoy performances by bluegrass legends and up and coming bands in September.
- Mayor's Cup Festival and Regatta - One of Plattsburgh's most honored traditions, this four day celebration in July features races, live music, family activities and a boat parade.
- ABA Weekend Fishing Series - Held each June, this one-day event features 200 anglers competing for over $10,000 is cash and prizes.
- FLW Bass Fishing Tournament - This is the most prestigious bass fishing tournament in the world with a prize purse worth over $100,000.
- Bluff Point Lighthouse Tours at Valcour Island - On select dates in May through September, paddlers can travel out to the lighthouse and tour the island, tower, and learn about the history of Lake Champlain.
- Clinton County Fair - An annual celebration of community and culture, enjoy rides, games, competitions and entertainment each July at this traditional Adirondack Coast event.
- Ausable Chasm in Ausable Chasm
- Lake Champlain in Clinton County
- Babbie Rural Farm and Learning Museum in Peru
- Chazy Orchards in Chazy
- Country Dreams Farms in Plattsburgh
- Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh
- Amazing Grace Vineyard in Chazy
- Ausable Point State Park in Peru
- Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh
- Champlain Centre Mall in Plattsburgh
- Tahawus Lodge Center in Ausable Forks