What to do in the ADK

The Adirondacks offer ample opportunities for fun all year long. Check the list here, by region, to see what to do in the ADK. Depending on what’s available and of interest to you, make a click, take a look, and head on out to safely enjoy the beautiful Adirondacks!

All My Love Goes to the Mountains

NORTH:

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

If ever there were a thing to do in the ADK, it is this! Right on main street in Lake Placid is the Herb Brooks Arena where “Miracle on Ice” took place. For any of you who may not know what that means – the “Miracle on Ice” was a medal-round game during the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 1980 Winter Olympics played between the hosting United States and the four-time defending gold medalists, the Soviet Union. Spoiler Alert: The US Won! And “Miracle on Ice” is now a very popular sports movie – which makes this a pretty nifty spot!

This museum commemorates the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics held in Lake Placid, NY. It’s not a large museum, but the information provided is really interesting! With background information on all the events as well as interactive exhibits and great props for photo opportunities, this is a great place for the whole family. Learn the rhythm of an Olympic speed skater or review the Olympic mascots throughout the years and how they got their names at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.

The Wild Center

Enjoy new ways of connecting with nature through outdoor experiences like the Wild Walk, iForest, and guided canoe trips. Explore the 54,000-square-foot hands-on museum with live animals. Adventure on your own or with a guided naturalist tour or animal encounter. This is a perfect introduction to the Adirondacks for children and inquisitive adults alike! Plan your Wild Center trip today.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is an awesome cold weather activity to do in the ADK.  The carnival boasts a beautiful ice palace, a parade, and a variety of events throughout the weekend. Fun runs, bake and craft sales, arctic BBQ’s, shows, exhibitions, and competitions fill the weekends with exciting Adirondack inspired fun!  

Paddling

The Saranac Lake Region is home to a number of beautiful lakes, ponds, and rivers. You can explore these waterways a variety of ways through a number of seasons!

Skiing/Snowboarding

Hiking TrailS

Saranac Lake 6er

An amazing Hiking Challenge around Saranac Lake, NY. Climb these 6 mountains and earn a patch based on the conditions under which you climbed! For example, if you climb all 6 mountains in a 24 hour period you earn status as an Ultra Sixer.  As a great intermediate level introduction to hiking in the Adirondacks, the mountains that make up the Saranac 6 increase in difficulty and excitement as you continue to climb!

Three girls sit on a ledge looking over Saranac Lake

Lake Placid 9

Nine awesome mountains, ranging from short and simple to fairly difficult, in close proximity to the town of Lake Placid. All of these mountains offer stunning views of the surrounding areas while providing unique challenges of their own.   

EAST:

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

Such a fun stop for guided exploration! The terrain is simply stunning and who would’ve thought the largest marble cave entrance in the eastern US was in our Adirondack backyard! Enjoy a self-guided tour or an adventure tour and find yourself in awe of the depth of the Adirondacks.

Skiing/Snowboarding

Gore Mountain: An alpine ski resort and home to the most skiable acreage in New York, Gore Mountain is a  popular winter destination. Attracting skiers from all over the east with its 110 trails and 2,537 vertical feet, it is the closest large mountain in New York to the Capital District metro area.

Hiking Trails

ADK 46

My journey to completing the ADK 46 has been taking years to complete. Currently 30/46, with quite a few doubles, I’m just enjoying the journey and look forward to sharing each mountain with you as I go!  Click for more Information.

WEST:

Adirondack Museum

Water Safari

The largest outdoor waterpark in New York and truly a ton of fun, right in the heart of the ADK! The school I teach for takes a field trip here at the end of the school year each year and it really is a great way to cap off the year and welcome summer break.

Skiing/Snowboarding

  • McCauley Mountain Ski Area: Big mountain fun with a small mountain attitude in the heart of the Adirondacks. Gorgeous views, friendly staff, and gorgeous grooming without the long lines or big prices of larger mountains. This is one of my favorite local spots to hit the slopes and I hope you enjoy it too! The small chalet offers a tuning shop, a warm place to rest, some good food! to try the If it isn’t snowy season, enjoy the Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride, hiking, biking, and picnicking, with two playground areas.
  • Fern Park: Fern Park Recreation Area of Inlet, NY offers twenty-two miles of free, groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. An ice skating rink, sledding hill and two miles of the trails stay lit until 10 pm all winter long. When there is no snow, these trails are great for mountain biking and hiking.

Hiking Trails

Fire Tower Challenge

There are a number of fire towers located on summits in this region. These often make for great shoulder season or introductory hikes. If you check out my Fire Tower Challenge Post you will be able to find some hikes that fall into this region.

A Fire Tower Sunrise

Fulton Chains Trifecta

A set of three hikes between Old Forge and Inlet that are totally worth your while! As a whole, the hikes are fairly short and easy, however, the payoffs are incredible. Hike them in all winter, summer, and fall to enjoy three completely different experiences on each summit!

Tupper Lake Triad

Three mountains that are absolutely perfect for families, and beginner hikers. Short distances, small elevation gains, and beautiful view await you in Tupper Lake. As an experience, in shape hiker, I was able to hike all three mountains in a  few hours time; a family or inexperienced individual might want to spread the hiking out over the course of two days. Hike all three to earn a patch!

Girl sitting on rustic bench overlooking mountainous lakes

SOUTH:

Great Escape

The Lake George area is a family vacation hot spot. Great Escape, an exciting six flags theme park featuring over 135 rides and attractions, with something for everyone in the family.

Great Escape Indoor Water Park

Enjoy all the amenities your family would expect from a hotel, along with a number of special, exciting offerings. Enjoy great on-site experiences like the waterpark, arcade, spa, and so much more.

Pirates Cove

Lake George’s premier mini golf spot! Transport yourself into an 18th-century pirate village and enjoy 18 pristine holes of mini golf! I’ve played my fair share of mini-golf at Pirates Cove and it never fails to be a good time.

SPAC

Saratoga Performing Arts Center is one of my personal favorite concert venues! SPAC is a large amphitheater located in Saratoga Springs, New York, on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park. With camping venues nearby and a wide variety of musical talent gracing the stage, SPAC is a cultural staple of the southern Adirondack region.  

Skiing/Snowboarding

girl smiling at top of ski lift

Hiking trails

Lake George 12ster

In an effort to promote the region and advocate for its trails,  the Lake George 12ster was born! Twelve beautiful mountains in the Lake George Region were named to the challenge.