46 Things to Do in the Adirondacks in Summer

The Adirondacks Region has so much to offer. From outdoor recreation like hiking, paddling, and camping to family-friendly activities like visiting museums, playing a round of mini-golf, or grabbing a delicious ice cream cone. Discover our suggested list of the best 46 things to do in the Adirondacks in summer and start planning your trip today!

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Adirondack Summer Trip Ideas

1. Go to a Drive-in movie theatre.
2. Visit an art gallery.
3. Get ice cream at a roadside stand.

ice cream cones from Martha's
ice cream cones from Martha's

4. Visit Henry's Woods.
5. Visit John Brown Farm.
6. Go to a wine tasting at a vineyard.
7. Visit Adirondack museums.
8. See a fireworks show.
9. Camp luxuriously and go glamping.
10. Go fly-fishing.
11. Go kayaking.

Kayaking in the Adirondacks
Kayaking in the Adirondacks

12. Try out mountain biking at Whiteface Mountain or Mt. Van Hoevenberg.
13. Hike the Saranac 6.
14. Dine outdoors.
15. Plan a boat fishing trip.
16. Take a river cruise.
17. Plan a camping trip.

family camping in the Adirondack Mountains
family camping in the Adirondack Mountains

18. Go brewery hopping around Lake Placid & Saranac Lake.
19. Have a picnic.

have a relaxing Adirondack picnic
have a relaxing Adirondack picnic

20. Take a gondola ride to the top of Little Whiteface for awesome views.
21. Visit the Butterfly House at the VIC at Paul Smiths College.
22. Take a trip to a Lake Champlain beach.

Visit a Lake Champlain beach
Visit a Lake Champlain beach

23. Visit Adirondack Animal Land.
24. Visit the Wild Center.
25. Have a bonfire and make s'mores at a campsite.
26. See a summer matinee on a rainy day.
27. See a 4th of July parade.
28. Visit a waterpark.
29. Visit a theme park/ 6 Flags.

ride at Six Flags Great Escape
ride at Six Flags Great Escape

30. Go bird watching.
31. Go stand up paddle boarding.
32. Go canoeing.
33. Plan a scenic drive by motorcycle.

scenic drives through the Adirondacks are unlike any other
scenic drives through the Adirondacks are unlike any other

34. Go mini-golfing.
35. Raft down Ausable Chasm.
36. See an outdoor concert.
37. Bring a hammock to string up during a walk along a lake.
38. Go berry picking.
39. Do a high ropes course.
40. Take a scenic flight.
41. Take a trip to a local farmer's market.

There's nothing quite like fresh vegetables in the summer
There's nothing quite like fresh vegetables in the summer

42. Enjoy the waterfalls and trails at High Falls Gorge.
43. Ride the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake.
44. Tour an Adirondack downtown or Main Street.
45. Take a vintage shopping trip.
46. Ride in a hot air balloon.
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