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46 Adirondack Winter Activities From Lake George to Saranac NY

You don't have to scale 46 peaks to experience all that the Adirondacks has to offer.  When planning a winter trip to the area, consider these 46 ideas for winter fun. The Adirondacks have something for everyone. 

Dog sled across Mirror Lake

Winter Festivals & Celebrations

1. See the ice palace at Saranac Lake Winter Carnival or check out some of our other Adirondack winter festivals.

2. Celebrate President’s Day Weekend at the Adirondack WhiteOut Weekend in the Western Adirondack community of Clifton-Fine.

3. Inlet’s Frozen Fire and Lights event features outhouse races, memorable fireworks and other family-friendly winter fun to the village of Inlet, NY.

4. Can’t make it to a winter festival? Check out one of the many “cool” ice bars that happened during 2023 in the Lake George area and keep an eye out for the 2024 schedule.

5. Winter Realms in Lake George offers weeks-on-end of magic including the mystic light walk. 

6. Find a full list of Adirondack winter carnivals here

Winter Realm

Winter Fun

7. Take the kiddos to Maple Ridge Snow Park, the largest snow tubing hill in Northern New York. Challenge your friends to a snowball fight outside of your hotel.

8. Build a snowman at a trailhead to welcome approaching hikers.

9. Visit the Olympic sites in Lake Placid.

10. Rip through the woods on a snowmobile at the world famous Tug Hill Plateau or all around the region.

11. Grab a seat in a dog sled and go for a ride.

12. Zoom down Lake Placid's free toboggan chute onto Mirror Lake.

13. Find a secluded frozen pond and glide around on skates. (Always check the ice first!)

14. Accept that friendly dare and take a polar plunge during the Lake George Winter Carnival.

15. Try ice-fishing on a frozen lake, but make sure to find an outfitter so you will be safe and comfortable.

16. Go snow tubing at Titus Mountain in Malone or Tubby Tubes in Lake Luzerne.

17. Attend the one of the many hockey tournaments in Lake Placid.

18. Try your hand at curling at the Saranac Lake Civic Center.

19. Find a good snowy hill and go sledding for the afternoon.

Bobsled Team


20. Dash through the snow on a horse-drawn sleigh to a fireside dinner.

21. Quench your thirst après ski at a local Adirondack brewery or distillery.

22. Rent a cozy cabin and hang by the fireplace. 

23. Snuggle by a campfire in an Adirondack chair.

24. Visit the Adirondack Coast for a winter wine tour.

25. Relax and rejuvenate at a day spa.

26. Stay at a hotel with a hot tub and soak muscles sore from skiing and hiking.

27. Sip cocktails by a cozy lodge fireplace.

28. Cuddle up in a cozy hotel bed and watch movies all day while the snow falls outside.


Family Fun

29. Visit the set for the Star Trek Original Series in Fort Ticonderoga.

30. Enjoy the heated waters of Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark near Lake George.

31. Unlock your adventure at an escape room.

32. Learn about Adirondack wildlife and check out the Wild Lights Experience at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

33. For a safe, family-friendly way to celebrate New Year's Eve, come out to First Night in Saranac Lake!

34. Visit our "New York North Pole" theme park geared for children 48 inches and smaller! 

35. Learn about Snowflake Science or go on an outdoor Story Walk followed by a craft and hot cocoa at the Cascade Welcome Center.

36. Catch a professional hockey game at the Cool Insuring Arena in Queensbury.

Indoor Waterpark

Outdoor Adventure

37. Go downhill skiing or snowboarding at one of the Adirondack’s ski resorts.

38. Come prepared and spend the night winter camping or glamping.

39. Go snowshoeing almost anywhere but try the official trail centers for mapped excursions.

40. Ice skate on frozen Mirror Lake in Lake Placid and check out the sled dogs! 

41. Or rent skates and loop around the skating oval at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid.

42. Glide through an Adirondack winter landscape on cross-country skis.

43. Plan an outing with a licensed guide to learn how to ice climb.

44. Grab your cross-country skis and snowshoes and follow the beer trail at the annual Tupper Lake Brew-Ski.

45. Strap some micro-spikes on your boots and go hiking at High Falls Gorge to see some frozen waterfalls.

46. Visit Tug Hill State Forest where there are miles of XC ski trails and scenic snowshoe loops and views of Rainbow Falls in its frozen winter state. 

Cross-Country Skiing

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