Activities in the Adirondacks
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Adventure Around Every Corner
The vast nature preserve that is the Adirondacks is beckoning to be explored. Lace up your boots, hop on your bike, or grab your paddle and head out for an experience unlike any other.

Spring, Surprising & Serene

To the uninitiated, a clear spring day in the Adirondacks may be intimidating to figure out what to do – summer is not here yet but the snow is gone. Springtime, however, has become an incredibly popular season amongst the region's residents. Here's why:

  • Warmer days get the sap flowing from sugar maple trees, which eventually lands on a stack of pancakes. When visiting Adirondack maple syrup cabins, be sure to sample the maple sweetness.
  • Melting snow means more water in streams and brooks. And more water means spectacular waterfalls pop up only a short hike in from the trailheads.
  • It's exhilarating, breathe in fresh, crisp air as you explore one of the many historic sites open during springtime. Think Great Camps, museums and walking tours throughout the region.
  • With the snow gone from barren tree-branches, more vistas overlooking the region await.

Summer, At Home in the Adirondacks

Fully loaded with hiking gear, fishing poles, and roadmaps, your crew hits the road. Destination: the Adirondack Mountains.

Once here, avid hikers will want to venture into the 46 High Peaks. Shorter hiking trails also abound, providing fantastic views along the way. Take Rooster Comb, a moderate 2.5 mile trek with stunning views like the one you see here (photo by: Louis Arevalo - @louisarevalo).

As the sun sticks around later and later into the evenings, lakeshores become a popular spot for swimming and picnic dinners. Soak up the mountain lake vibes while paddling a kayak or visiting a public beach. To surround yourself with nature while learning about the Adirondack Region, boat tours are available all summer long on lakes around the region.

Rain-soaked days are a chance to bring the adventure indoors. Visiting an Adirondack museum will teach you about this unique wilderness region. But don't forget about the rich Winter Olympic history in the Lake Placid area, what it's like to walk along boreal treetops in Tupper Lake, or how settlers in the 1800's traversed this rugged landscape in Blue Mountain Lake.

Summer in the Adirondacks is a time to relax, adventure, hike, paddle and learn!


Fall, More To Do than Foliage

There is a reason why travelers from around the world converge upon the Adirondack Region every autumn: Adirondack Fall Foliage. The vibrant colors of the leaves fascinate new and returning visitors as colorful vistas change daily.

To see the most of this season of phenomena, take a ride along one of the Adirondack scenic drives. The views, and the colors, change around every curve as the miles fly by.

After taking in nature's show of color, local breweries await. Sample an award-winning craft beer and get the inside scoop from a local on where to explore next. Take in the views like photographer Jay Cagney (@jaycagney) -- via motorcycle!

Winter, Land of Wonder

Knee-high snow and iced-over lakes are nature's white winter canvas. Roaming through this backdrop is a centuries-old Adirondack tradition. To celebrate the best of the snowy season, week-long Winter Carnivals bring together communities and visitors with cast iron frying pan tosses, parades, and pageantry.

Outside of town, winter explorers snow-shoe and cross-country ski across snow-laden trails. The most adventurous of winter things to do is winter camping in the Adirondacks. Stop by a local outfitter or guide service for winter conditions and safety advice. (photo by Dain Fiacco

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 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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