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Summer in the Adirondacks

With over 3,000 lakes, countless rivers and streams, plus fields, forests and fresh mountain air, the Adirondacks are an ideal summer destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike, boat, fish, paddle and cool off at a swimming hole. Concerts, festivals, fairs and annual events provide a welcoming space to experience the culture, community, heritage and the absolute beauty of the region. There is never a shortage of things to do in summer in the Adirondacks.

Kids exploring on the rocks
Black Fly Challenge
Fire Tower Views
Waterfall hikes
Hiking Lyon Mountain

Adirondack Hiking Challenges

Are you up to a challenge? With more than 2,000 miles of scenic trails, there’s a hiking challenge for everyone at any level seeking to test their tenacity on the trails.

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46 Things to Do in Summer

We've compiled a list of 46 "peak" experiences for enjoying the Adirondacks in summer, from drive-in movies to zipline adventures. What's on your bucket list this summer?

Exhibit at the Wild Center

Walk on the Wild Side

Named #1 Science Museum by USA Today, the Wild Center is just one of many Adirondack museums that use experience to promote learning and a love for the Adirondacks. 

A Never-Never Land of Wonder

Four seasons of adventure and events in New York's Adirondacks

No matter the season, Adirondack communities love to celebrate with annual events that highlight the unique experiences and opportunities that the region has to offer. To live in the Adirondacks is to love the Adirondacks.

Visit and experience the wonder of the Adirondacks.

Things To Do In The Adirondack Regions

The Adirondack Regions feature over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys, and steep cliffs. Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 of the United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of ten distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure.

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