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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Family Weekend Getaway Guide

If you are considering a family weekend getaway that keeps everyone entertained, there is no better place to travel than to Old Forge, NY in the Adirondacks. Below are just some of the many activities offered!

Enchanted Forest Water Safari
Open mid-June through Labor Day, New York’s Largest Water Theme Park has been a family fun staple in the Adirondacks for decades. Admission into the park gives you access to over 50 rides and attractions including 32 heated water rides, and access to shows and activities in the park. While you are there, do not forget to take a picture with “Tall Paul” – the 19-foot high statue of giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan!

Calypso’s Cove
Located right next door to Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Calypso’s Cove offers families afternoon and evening fun! With go-karts, zip lining, arcade games, great food and so much more, everyone is destined to have a great time at Calypso’s Cove! Head on over after some fun in the sun at Water Safari or make it a separate trip!

McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift
Great views are what make the Adirondacks such a memorable place to visit, so while you are here, be sure to head up the McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift to enjoy the breathtaking views of the historic Fulton Chain of Lakes. Open from late June to the beginning of October, you might even get a chance to see Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy if it is a clear day!

Old Forge Lake Cruises
All aboard the Clearwater, Old Forge Lake Cruises’ signature vessel for a sightseeing voyage. Located right next to Water’s Edge Inn, across the street from Calypso’s Cove, this excursion is 2 hours and follows a historic steamboat route that starts at Old Forge Pond goes to Forth Lake all the way around Alger Island State Campground and back. Check out their website for more info on what the cruises offer!

View Arts
Add an artistic twist to your family weekend getaway by heading over to View Arts for a premier arts experience! Check out a performance, or activate your creative side by taking a workshop. View offers workshops in fine arts, pottery, basketry and much more! If getting creative is not your thing, stop by their unique gift shop for handmade gifts!

Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company (MOSC)
Immerse yourself in the Adirondacks by exploring the lakes and rivers in the Old Forge area. Whether you are looking for a leisurely 3-hour paddle on the Moose River, a day or weekly rentals or even a multi-day trip along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, MOSC will set you up with education, details, and the gear for you and your group. Buy or rent, go out on your own or follow their tour – your trip is up to you.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Since 1992 The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society in Upstate New York has been operating the former New York Central line thru the Adirondacks. Create lasting memories on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad with their various scenic excursions to choose from. Chugging out of the Thendara Train Station, the rail line offers many different train ride excursions; take a ride with Princesses and Superheroes, be entertained by the Loomis Gang Train Robbery, learn Hobo Code on the Hobo days ride, or sit back and relax with the Beer and Wine Train. Did we mention they even have a ride to the North Pole in the winter time?!

All the little shops on MainS street
With all the specialty shops and restaurants on Main Street in Old Forge, NY, you can shop ‘till you drop and then grab a delicious bite to eat afterward! Check out all the unique Adirondack treasures each shop has to offer – there is guaranteed to be something for everyone! When you are shopped out, dine in at one of the many staple restaurants on Main Street.

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