Autumn Activities & Attractions for the Family
Grab your favorite sweater, a mug of hot cider and go forth, intrepid, into the Adirondacks to explore and experience the region's haunted history, towering landmarks and celebrated art and cultural centers against the colorful foliage of peak leaf season.
Check out some of our top attractions for fall, including:
- Great Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company — Offers guided walking tours of historic Plattsburgh, following in the ghostly footsteps of soldiers who died during the War of 1812. Tour military barracks and old cemeteries, historic sites and buildings by lantern light, and learn about the ghosts that haunt the region.
- Crown Point Historic Site — A National Historic Landmark featuring the ruins of Fort Saint Frederic and Fort Crown Point. Explore the ruins of the once great fort of the 18th century, and stroll through a newly restored museum featuring an award-winning orientation program.
- Almanzo Wilder Homestead — Is the boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder, husband of famed author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Visit through the end of September for a tour and get a glimpse into the world of Farmer Boy. Don't miss the annual Harvest Festival and Civil War Living History Encampment, featuring reenactments and family-friendly activities.
- Fort Ticonderoga — A restored military fort featuring a military museum, fife and drum parades, weapon demonstrations and historical reenactments. Take a scenic boat tour aboard the Carillon, a 60-foot skiff offering narrated 90-minute tours around the Ticonderoga Peninsula in Lake Champlain daily. Bring a picnic lunch or reserve a boxed lunch from America's Fort Café.
- Adirondack Museum — The "Smithsonian of the Adirondacks" hosts a series of fall festivals during which visitors can explore the traditions of the Adirondacks. Don't miss the Rustic Furniture Fair, where craftsmen showcase everything from beds made of twisting branches, to custom blacksmithing, and quilting.
- The Wild Center Wild Walk — One of the newest family-friendly attractions, the Wild Walk at the Wild Center is a must-visit. The universally accessible trail starts at ground level and climbs gradually into the trees, offering interactive experiences around every bend. Explore a larger-than-life snag, climb to the eagle's nest for a bird's eye view, and jump into a rope spider web suspended from a platform on the walk.
- Adirondack Coast Wine Trail — Includes seven wineries and cideries along the coast of Lake Champlain, offering wine events and tastings. Sample locally made vintages with a hint of cherry and apple, and ciders brewed with apples picked from a nearby orchard.
- Frederic Remington Art Museum — Discover the Wild West through the artwork and sculptures of Canton native Frederic Remington. The museum's collection includes Remington's works, as well as guest exhibits and adult workshops and programs.
- Ausable Chasm — Oft described as the Grand Canyon of the East, the chasm is, without doubt, breathtaking. Visitors can enjoy its many attractions as well, including whitewater rafting, rappelling, and hiking, mountain biking and lantern-lit tours of the deep, dark canyon.