Activities in the Adirondacks

Find heart-pounding adventure while rafting the rivers, relaxation on the lakes and the never-ending thrill of discovery in the Adirondack Region!
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The kids and I coming back from a afternoon of padling together.

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Some see the Adirondack Region's thousands of miles of recreation trails, countless rivers, streams, lakes and mountains as a vast playground, offering endless, year-round outdoor adventure. Others see the park as a place of rest and renewal, a calm retreat ideal for relaxing by the lake or around a bonfire.

In winter, alpine skiing, riding and Nordic skiing become the obsession of visitors and residents alike. The Adirondacks boast some of New York's most challenging terrain at Whiteface and Gore, as well as ample Nordic skiing that will have you gliding quietly through forested paths on cross country skis in no time.

Here, the adventurous are free to explore an authentic wilderness, or enjoy an experience that rejuvenates and unwinds until, at last, all that remains are breathtaking views, stories shared over dinner and a canopy of stars to light the way home.

Culture, Music and More in the Adirondacks

You don't have to be into extreme rugged sports, camping or hiking to enjoy the incredible natural attractions, amenities and leisure travel options available in the Adirondacks. World-famous museums, music festivals and national heritage sites are located throughout the park's 103 towns and villages, places that were once the retreats of famed authors Mark Twain and Robert Louis Stevenson and Gilded Age tycoons with last names like Vanderbilt and Rockefeller.

Mountain Biking to Micro-Breweries

The Adirondacks host a growing mountain biking community with maintained networks of trails offering beginner, intermediate and expert options. Spend the day exploring a variety of activities and attractions in the Adirondacks, from craft fairs and farmers markets, to hot air ballooning and music festivals – then head into town for burger and beer at a micro-brewery, or sample fresh, locally sourced cuisine in one of the region's many restaurants and bistros. Grab a road bike and explore North America's newest wine region – the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail. Sample wines and ciders, tour vineyards and ride along the scenic shores of Lake Champlain for a truly unique Adirondack adventure.

Put the adventure back in your vacation and discover the limitless recreation, luxury resorts, indulgent experiences New York's Adirondack Park. Just starting to plan your visit? Check out why so many people have claimed the Adirondacks to be one of the most spectacular natural attractions in NY!

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