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Vacationing with Kids

Vacationing with kids, especially when they are young is not always the easiest thing in the world. However, when you see their faces light up with excitement at the adventures ahead of them, you know that you’re making memories that will last a lifetime. At Calypso’s Cove, we have an assortment of rides and activities for all ages so that everyone in your family can have fun while spending time together!

Guests enjoying a Go-Kart ride on the track at Calypso's.

Go-Karts

The tracks of Calypso’s Cove are competitive and exciting as friends and family race to become the ultimate driving champion. For the younger members of the family who want to drive themselves, but are too young for the big track, we offer kiddie go-karts where kids ages 5 to 11 can get behind the wheel of their own race car!

Bumper Boats

Compete with your family to see who can get the others the wettest! This is a great ride for the whole family, and if your little one is too young to drive themselves, then they can hop into a two-passenger bumper boat with someone else in the family! The Bumper Boat fun experience is enhanced by the water cannons to soak other boaters.

Mini Golf

Mini golf is a classic way to have fun and a great activity for your entire family! In fact, our 18-hole golf course is a scaled-down version of a championship course. Also, our course is open to all ages with parents’ supervision so that your entire family can take part in some relaxing fun on your vacation.

Adults and children enjoying a game of skeet-ball in the arcade at Calypso's.

Arcade & Games

At Calypso’s Cove, we have over 40 arcade games in our state-of-the-art arcade, which is the largest in the Adirondack State Park. From ski ball to race car games, we have something to entertain all your kids! Plus, you have the chance to win tickets as you play, which can be redeemed for great prizes!

Zip-Line

Our zip-line is an exhilarating ride for any of the thrill-seekers in your family! As you propel 300 ft down our side by side zip-lines, you can reach up to 21 miles per hour creating an exhilarating experience that will have you wanting to go again. The best part is that if you do want to go again, it is no hassle because we are able to ensure up to 90 guests can ride per hour so that there is little to no wait time for you!

Rock-Climbing Wall

Reach new heights of fun on our rock-climbing wall! Our wall has multiple skill levels so that everyone who wants to can enjoy the climb. Plus, if you are up to a challenge then you can keep climbing until you’ve conquered all the levels!

Batting Cages

Batter Up! Step up to the plate and try your hand in our batting cages! Our automatic pitches range from softball speeds right up to major league fastballs, so no matter your skill level, anyone from beginners to pros can enjoy our batting cages.

At Calypso’s Cove we know that family is important, that’s why we have fun for all ages. We strive to give you the fun, relaxing vacation along with great memories of time spent with your family.

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Enchanted Forest Water Safari Ranked in Top 5 Water Parks in the US

Enchanted Forest Water Safari Ranked in Top 5 Water Parks in the US

OLD FORGE, NY — Enchanted Forest Water Safari (EFWS) part of Water Safari Resort has been named as a winner in the 2019 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice® Attractions awards as one of the top 25 water parks in the United States for the sixth year in a row. Based on an algorithm that takes into account both the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings of amusement and water parks over a 12-month period, Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge was named No. 4 on the list compiled for 2019.

EFWS is New York’s largest water theme park with more than 50 rides and attractions, including 32 water rides. The park also features classic amusement rides for all ages, fun food, exciting games, storybook characters, a family circus show and more.

“We are thrilled to receive this award for the sixth year in a row! Thank you to everyone for putting us at the top! It takes a great team to make this award possible, including our hard-working team members and our guests.” said Katie Wojdyla, Vice President and Director of Marketing for EFWS. “We strive to provide safe, clean, family fun with unprecedented value and service as our main goals. Especially gratifying is that the top three parks on the list are in Florida, making Water Safari number one outside of Florida!”

The Water Park is part of Water Safari Resort, which includes Water’s Edge Inn, Old Forge Camping Resort and Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park. Past visitors to the park have expressed their experience with reviews on TripAdvisor, “Another wonderful family adventure” “Best waterpark in the area” “Always a fun experience!” “Best day with grandkids” “A family tradition”.

The Travelers’ Choice Attractions awards honor the top 1% of attractions worldwide based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travelers. TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top attractions using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks and water parks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, enables travelers to unleash the full potential of every trip. With over 630 million reviews and opinions covering the world’s largest selection of travel listings worldwide – covering approximately 7.5 million accommodations, airlines, experiences, and restaurants — TripAdvisor provides travelers with the wisdom of the crowds to help them decide where to stay, how to fly, what to do and where to eat. TripAdvisor also compares prices from more than 200 hotel booking sites so travelers can find the lowest price on the hotel that’s right for them. TripAdvisor-branded sites are available in 49 markets and are home to the world’s largest travel community of 455 million average monthly unique visitors, all looking to get the most out of every trip. Travelers can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #travelerschoice.

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Enchanted Forest Water Safari is more than Rides!

Enchanted Forest Water Safari is more than Rides!

Once upon a time in the magical kingdom of Enchanted Forest Water Safari, there was a Pirate Princess.

Every day she would visit Storybook Lane, a magical realm where her favorite fairy tales lived. From Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to Ali Baba’s Cave and Humpty Dumpty on his wall, the Pirate Princess spent each day visiting over twenty of her favorite storybook characters who came to life in this unique land. The princess would hear stories of the exciting adventures all of the characters had been on. Amazed by these tales of exploration the Pirate Princess decided to have an adventure of her own.

Venturing out of Storybook Lane the Pirate Princess happened upon Timber Bear’s Barnyard. Timber Bear eagerly welcomed her into his barnyard and showed her some of his friendly sheep, goats, and birds. The Pirate Princess quickly became friends with all of the animals as she pet and fed them. As much as she wanted to stay, there was still so much of her kingdom that she had not explored, so the Pirate Princess said goodbye to all of her new barnyard friends and continued on her adventure.

The Pirate Princess wandered down the road wondering what she would see next when out of the corner of her eye she caught something moving high in the sky. As she got closer the Pirate Princess realized that she had found a circus. The princess watched in wonder as the performers juggled, walked the trapeze, hula hooped, and rode a motorcycle in a giant steel globe. They put in the best performance she had ever seen (and the princess had been to a lot of circuses). But, the festivities were winding down, so the princess went to see what other fun she could find.

The Pirate Princess decided to visit Dawson City next and didn’t have to wander far before she caught the unmistakable sound of Rocky & the Ramblin’ Rascals. She ran the rest of the way to Klondike Kate’s Saloon and danced to her favorite band. She danced till her stomach started to rumble and the decided to go on a quest for lunch. On her quest for lunch, the princess spotted the Candy Store.

However, the Pirate Princess knew the Queen would not be happy if the princess had candy for lunch, so she went next door for some pizza, wings, and salad before stopping into the Candy Store, where she bought as much candy as she could carry.

Outside of the Candy Store, the princess happened upon Johnny Rio, the best shooter in the Kingdom. So, the Pirate Princess set her candy aside and tried her hand against Johnny at the Rootin’ Tootin’ Shootin’ Gallery. It took her a few tries, but finally, the Princess beat Johnny Rio at target shooting.

Excited and tired from her busy day the Pirate Princess gathered up all of her candy and headed back to her castle to tell the King and Queen all about her day and how much fun she had on her adventures. The Pirate Princess couldn’t wait to go on another adventure and continue to explore the wonderful kingdom of Enchanted Forest Water Safari.

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Indoor Fun in Old Forge

We all know that Old Forge is known for many of our outdoor activities and attractions, such as McCauley Mountain, the hiking trails, and going to the beach. Well, you’ve only got half the story! Old Forge features many fun and exciting indoor attractions and activities too! Check out all of the fun possibilities below:

Take a stroll down Main Street

Main Street in Old Forge is where many of the local shops and businesses are located. Along Main St. you will find various shops that sell unique and one of a kind pieces and delicious treats, such as homemade fudge, locally made soy candles, and hand-carved wooden artifacts. Some of the shops have been passed down from generation to generation. Take the day and walk up and down Main St. and view all the wonderful shops that are there. There is sure to be a favorite for everyone in the family.

No trip is complete without picking up a souvenir!

Take in a movie

Watch a new movie release at the Strand Theatre in Old Forge. The Strand Theater opened in the 1920s and was originally known as the Thompson Theatre. Today, the Strand Theatre screens the latest movies and offers loads of snacks for the moviegoers. As you walk around the theatre you will also see a lot of vintage theater and movie items, ranging from old cameras and equipment to old movie posters, and much more.

The Strand Theatre is a locally owned and operated movie theater and is a sure place for guests to go watch a new movie and enjoy some delicious snacks from the snack bar. Check out their website for movie times and listings!

Enjoy local and regional art

View Arts is the local art center located in Old Forge, just past Enchanted Forest Water Safari. View offers visitors an array of exhibitions, ranging from work by local artists to national artists. They not only feature exhibitions and galleries; they also offer classes and host performances. Classes range from pottery making to photography, and wellness classes, with many more in between. Make sure to stop in the gift shop located in the art center. View offers guests a unique and rich experience and is a sure stop for some indoor fun.

Exhibitions are always changing so check them out to see what is going on!

Take a walk on The Wild Side

Just past Old Forge in Tupper Lake is The Wild Center. The Wild Center features living and hands-on exhibits designed to connect people to nature and showcase the regions natural environment. The Wild Center offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities. Some of the indoor activities include the animal’s exhibit which is home to more than 900 live Adirondack animals! Some of the animals include otters, owls, snakes, and fresh-water fish. Their daily animal encounters bring you up close and personal with snakes, turtles, blue jays, owls, and porcupines.

One of their newer exhibits is Planet Adirondack. This exhibit gives guests a space-eye view of earth, and by using a high-tech system of cameras, the staff can show you incredible views from space. You can also see everything from airplanes taking off and landing across the planet in a 24-hour period, to watching storms in real time.

If you want to enjoy some of their outdoor exhibits, make sure to visit The Wild Walk. The Wild Walk allows you to experience beautiful and breathtaking views of nature from the treetops of the Adirondacks. You can also lay or walk across a large woven spider’s web or climb up into a large eagle’s nest and enjoy the remarkable view!

Make this a definite stop for some family fun and great memories!

Play in the arcade

Take the family to play some fun arcade games or on an adventure at one of Calypso’s Cove’s attractions! Calypso’s Cove is located right next to Enchanted Forest Water Safari and offers many arcade games for guests to play and enjoy. Calypso’s Cove has over 40 games and has the most up to date arcade games. Games range from Skee-Ball to race car games and everything in between! Admission into Calypso’s Cove is free, and they are a pay as you play arcade, meaning you only pay for the games you want to play.

After the family plays all of the fun games make sure to stop by the redemption center to redeem all of their tickets for cool and fun prizes. There are a lot of cool prizes to choose from! While at Calypso’s Cove make sure to grab something to eat from a variety of food and drink options.

When the sun is out, venture outside for Calypso’s outdoor activities, go-karts, bumper boats, and rock climbing – to name a few. They’re open until 10pm, so stay and play for hours. No day is complete without playing some fun arcade games. Make sure to take the entire family to Calypso’s Cove and play the fun and exciting arcade games. This is sure to be fun for the entire family.

Hotel Adventures

After a day of exploring Old Forge and the surrounding areas, you may want to just relax in the hotel room for a bit. Why not enjoy all that the hotel has to offer? At Water’s Edge Inn, there are many amenities and activities for guests to enjoy. They have an indoor heated pool, a dry sauna, arcade games, and board games. Once the family gets tired out from all the fun, take them back to the room and have a summer camp in! The beds could be your sleeping bags, or you could make your own sleeping area on the floor. You could tell scary stories, and camp stories, play games, eat fun treats and anything else that you can think of. Be creative and have fun with it! This is fun for everyone, especially for the kids.

Who says camping is only for the outdoors?

Old Forge is known for many outdoor activities and attractions, but we are equally as known for our indoor activities and attractions too. Next time you visit Old Forge make sure to visit some or all of these places and enjoy all of the indoor fun!

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Ways To Save at Water Safari & Calypso’s Cove

Ways To Save at Water Safari & Calypso’s Cove

Who doesn’t love fun and savings? At Water Safari Resort we have it all and here are just a few of the ways that you can save on your next visit.

Stay ‘N Play Packages

Stay at Water’s Edge Inn or Old Forge Camping Resort, both named Top 10 Adirondack Vacations by Resorts and Lodges. When you stay with us you can get discounted tickets to Enchanted Forest Water Safari and Calypso’s Cove, so that you can make the most out of your Adirondack Vacation.

Buy Tickets Online

By using our websites and buying your tickets online you can save a dollar on all your tickets! That means that you can use the money you save on something like ice cream, which will make your day of fun even better.

Contests

All summer long we have contests on all our Facebook pages where you can win various prizes including free tickets to Water Safari! Our contests are fun, easy, and sometimes daily! So play for your chance to save!

Good Any Day Discount Tickets

This is another fun and easy way to save. When shopping on your vacation stop in a participating CNY business and purchase discounted tickets. By buying tickets this way, you can approximately save over $7.50 on a regular adult admission ticket!

Siesta Savings

Now, this is a deal! Enter Enchanted Forest Water Safari Any Day after 3:00 pm with any type of ticket and the next day is FREE! Yes, you read that right, admission the next day is free. (Siesta Savings is valid at 2:00 pm on days when the park closes before 6:00 pm. Offer not valid when redeeming a Siesta Pass)

Paul Bunyan Club Card

The savings continue! With the Paul Bunyan Club Card, you can return to the park as many times as you like for the remainder of the season at HALF PRICE! Joining is easy. After your initial visit to the park, you can become a member for just a nominal fee.

Season Passes

Our Season Pass is a classic way to save! For one low rate, you can come as many times as you like ALL season long! The pass pays for itself in just 3 visits! And has additional perks like coupons on food or attractions – now that’s savings!

Discounted Group Rates

Enchanted Forest Water Safari is a great place for a vacation! Share the experience by visiting with all your friends and family – using discounted group rates for everyone, school groups, youth groups, scouts, churches, summer camps, birthday parties, family groups, and more. Discounted group rates are a great way to save. Plus add some tasty foods to the mix with great discounts on an array of options.

Two boys riding the go-karts at Calypso's Cove.

Two boys riding the go-karts at Calypso’s Cove.

Calypso’s Cove

From go-karts, batting cages, and mini golf to the arcade, zip lining, and more there is so much fun to be had at Calypso’s Cove! You can save on all this family fun – we encourage you to take advantage of our discounted family fun deal or our bulk ticket pricing!

Year ‘Round Discounted Events, Offers & Packages with our Lodging Facilities:

When summer comes to an end, the savings and fun continue at the Old Forge Camping Resort and Water’s Edge Inn! All year-round we offer savings and fun with special events, offers, and packages on exciting local activities.

At Water Safari Resort we have something for everyone all year-round. So, if you’re looking for a fun and affordable getaway stay with us at Water’s Edge Inn or Old Forge Camping Resort!

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The One Stop Spot for Family Fun

Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park is located directly in front of Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge, NY and features a zip line, Brand New Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Rock Climbing Wall, Mini Golf, Arcade, Prize Center, Family Friendly Food, Ice Cream and more! Open afternoons and evenings end of June – Labor Day. Open Memorial Day Weekend. Our hours of operation can be found on our website here.

Guests enjoying a Go-Kart ride on the track at Calypso's.

Calypso’s Cove is the largest Arcade in the Adirondacks with over 40 of the most iconic and state-of-the-art video games! See how you compare with your family at hand-eye dexterity games and compete for great prizes. Rain or shine, there’s lots of family fun inside at Calypso’s Cove.

Take to the sky and soar above the trees at our exhilarating zip line. Overlooking some of the most beautiful views in the Adirondacks enjoy breathtaking scenery during a thrilling ride.

Calypso’s Cove All-Inclusive Birthday Party Package combines great food and fun activities for an exceptional birthday party experience at an affordable price!

Food items include family favorites like Pizza, Burgers, Walk away Taco, boardwalk fries, salads, wraps, Deep Fried Chicken Wing Dip and more.

Calypso’s Cove not only has tons of family fun but has Affordable Family Fun for everyone! Go Karts and Bumper boats require a paid ticket for the driver and the kids ride free! Old Forge has something for everyone. Check out our Family Weekend Getaways Guide for even more family fun ideas.

After climbing and exploring the day away, spend the night at Water’s Edge Inn or Old Forge Camping Resort and plot your adventure for the day ahead.

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Memorial Day Weekend in Old Forge

Old Forge NY is celebrating the unofficial start of summer with a Memorial Day weekend full of family-friendly events.

Calypso’s Cove Family Fun Park, right next door to Water Safari, will be open for the weekend on May 25th & 26th. Attractions include go-karts, kiddie go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, zipline, rock climbing wall, mini golf, the largest arcade in the Adirondacks with over 40 games, and family-friendly food featuring pizza and wings. They will be offering a variety of specials including Unlimited Go-Karts from 2pm-5pm for $15.

The weekend in Old Forge will include fireworks on Sunday, May 26th at dusk, a town-wide garage sale, fishing clinic at the Old Forge Pond, a Free Kiwanis Car Wash and a parade on Main Street starting at 10am Memorial Day May 27.

For more information on this event, visit http://www.memorialdayoldforge.com

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Old Forge Thrills

Right next door to Enchanted Forest Water Safari is another attraction for the whole family to enjoy. Calypso’s Cove is the name and fun is their game. After you’ve ridden all the wet and dry rides at Water Safari, walk right over to Calypso’s Cove for some great food and cold beer for the adults. Then find tons of thrills: Go-Karts, bumper boats, zip-lines, batting cages, and the largest arcade in the Adirondacks, to name a few. You can challenge your skills in mini golf by playing on the 18-hole course! Relive your dreams of being a baseball star with multiple batting cages – go-ahead – hit a home run! Calypso’s Cove also offers a rock-climbing wall for those brave souls who can handle adventurous heights! On Wednesdays from 2pm to 5pm, celebrate Calypso’s Cove’s White-Knuckle Wednesdays with unlimited riding on their new Go-Karts! How many laps will you take?

Of course, it doesn’t hurt having New York’s largest water theme park right next door! Enchanted Forest Water Safari has endless fun for everyone of all ages. There are over 30 heated water rides and plenty of dry rides to complement them. There are so many thrills in the park it’s hard to write them all down; you must experience it for all yourself! Between Calypso’s Cove and Enchanted Forest Water Safari, your crew will be entertained with a whole day dedicated to fun!

The fun in Old Forge extends beyond Calypso’s Cove and Enchanted Forest Water Safari – feel like renting a boat for the day? On Big Moose Lake, Dunn’s Boat Rentals can hook you up with just that. There are many lakes and rivers around Old Forge and you will never run of options to explore on the water. There is nothing quite like an experience on the Adirondack waterways.

Just past Old Forge is the fantastic family hiking experience of Bald Mountain. It is a suitable climb for all ages and abilities with a beautiful view from the summit; including the Adirondack Fire Tower on the summit which furthers this magnificent view from the top of Bald Mountain. It is a must-hike location for all visiting the Old Forge area to go explore and a local favorite.

If you and the family are staying at Old Forge Camping Resort or Water’s Edge Inn and need some fuel, look no further than Calypso’s Cove! They even deliver to your campsite or hotel room. Calypso’s Cove is truly a one-of-a-kind experience for the whole family and its right in the heart of the action in Old Forge New York. Whether you and the kids want to race the Go-Karts (which have a kiddie option as well), splash each other with the bumper boats, win some cool prizes at the arcade, or play some mini-golf, Calypso’s Cove is the location for you! Get out to Old Forge before this Summer ends, there is so much to do right at your fingertips!

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Free Family Fun Outdoors

So you want to have a fun time but you’re strapped for cash? Not to worry, Old forge features northern New York in all its natural splendor, and best of all, you can enjoy it for free!

Take a Dip
The greater Old Forge area is home to numerous lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers in the Adirondacks. Your options include public beaches and swimming holes fed by underground springs. Old Forge Pond, Moose River, 4th Lake –your Google Map can help you locate and research a few.

Can you Canoe?
If a canoe is your favored mode of transportation the area offers nearly unlimited miles of water. The Fulton Chain of Lakes is a string of eight lakes containing nearly 6.8 billion gallons of water.

The chain begins in Old Forge and ends before Raquette Lake. The lakes are named for Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat, who proposed connecting the lakes to create an Adirondack canal. The chain is part of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, which begins on First Lake and ends in Maine.

The Fulton Chain is the start of the Adirondack Canoe Classic, a three-day, 90-mile (140 km) canoe race. This canoe race is for anyone from beginners to experts, and although many people train very hard for this 90-mile race, some just go out there for the comradery of it all and just to have fun with friends.

By the way, while you’re in your canoe, drop a line as the lakes feature some of the best fishing in the northeast.

Take a Hike (seriously)
Hiking is a very popular activity in the Old Forge area because of the vast numbers and varieties of hikes available. Some of the varieties of hikes include anything from the High Peaks to level trails. Bald Mountain (also known as Rondaxe Mountain,) is one of the most popular mountains to hike largely due to the amazing views of the lakes. At the top of this mountain, there is the Rondaxe Fire Tower that has been restored to allow hikers to climb to the top of it in order to enhance the incredible views. It has some inclination however it is nothing too drastic. This hike is good for families with younger children because it is not very rigorous or challenging.

Stroll
So, you want to take a hike, but a mountain is too strenuous and you’re not exactly a nature lover, fear not! Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Old Forge’s main street. Window shop along the number of shops and art galleries, while you also enjoy the company of visitors and locals.

By the way, wherever you are, keep your eyes open for limitless beauties of nature, including the flowers, landscapes, and wildlife on the ground and in the air…. that’s all amazing, and free.

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The Adirondacks

The Adirondack Park extends across six million acres in upstate New York and supports over 3,000 lakes & ponds, 30,000 miles of rivers & streams, and 2,000 miles of hiking trails.

Named for the mountains within the park, the Adirondacks are part of the Northern Deciduous Forest, the largest temperate forest in the world. It’s larger than Vermont or Massachusetts; larger even than Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smokies, and Yosemite national parks combined. The park is the largest in the lower 48 states.

The Adirondack Peaks range anywhere from 1,200 feet tall to well over 5,000 feet tall and the 46 tallest summits above 4,000 feet are called the High Peaks.

Vantage point from Bald Mountain. Scenic views include a tower to the left, the green pine trees, and part of the lake. One of the many things to experience in the Adirondacks.

Characterized by snowy winters that make the most of top-ranked alpine ski centers and endless cross-country ski trails; and warm, sunny summers perfect for hiking the High Peaks at lower elevations, boating, biking or golfing – the Adirondack Region is a year-round playground. In autumn, fun fall festivals are set against spectacular fall foliage displays.

View from McCauley Mountain. The picture portrays two people enjoying a ride on the chair lift located at McCauley Mountain, and a view of the mountains, trees, and lakes.

One of the first places to receive Forever Wild status in the United States, these mountains have been cherished as an outdoor playground, accessible and open to all.

Explore nature parks, tour historic sites, and play at the many family-friendly attractions. You’ll never run out of things to do in the Adirondacks.

Whether you’re a life-long resident or a first time visitor, the Adirondack Mountains are yours to explore.

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