5 Ways to Save on your Adirondack Vacation

Want a cheap vacation that everyone in your family will enjoy? Then take your vacation in the Adirondacks! With so many different things to do, everyone in the family is sure to find something they’ll enjoy. Taking your whole family on vacation can be pricey so here are some ways to be smart with your money when vacationing in the Adirondacks!

1. Upgrade to a package!

Stay where you are going. One great way to save is by combining the place you’re staying and the activity your family wants to do! Your children will love spending time at both Enchanted Forest Water Safari and Calypso’s Cove. You’ll receive discounted tickets to both when you stay at Water’s Edge Inn or Old Forge Camping Resort. Water’s Edge Inn is a premier lodging destination and the Old Camping Resort provides you with the ultimate camping experience with cabins, tents & RV sites. Getting discounted tickets is only a stay away with Stay ‘N Play packages.

2. Enjoy the Outdoors!

The Adirondacks offer so many beautiful hikes and trails! Take advantage of the backdrop nature has to offer [let’s celebrate FREE!]. There are trails and hikes for everyone and it’s a great way to keep the kids busy and get out all that energy. To name a few kid-friendly trails and mountains: Bald Mountain, McCauley Mountain, Death, and Brook Falls.

3. Strand Theatre

Another thing you will want to do is go to The Strand Movie Theater. The prices are unbeatable and who doesn’t like to watch a good movie! The four-screen cinema holds a lot of history inside, it’s something you will definitely want to see!

4. Kayaking and Canoeing

Another fun activity that you can do with your family that’s in your budget is renting kayaks or canoes! Renting canoes and kayaks are available in Old Forge, check out these excellent businesses: Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, Rivett’s Marine Recreation & Service, Inc. and Tickner’s Canoes. Save your money and have an unforgettable vacation with your family in the Adirondacks!

5. Camp Outside!

Want to save money? Instead of paying for a hotel why not camp in a tent! The Old Forge Camping Resort is a wonderful place to bring the family to go REAL camping. They always have fun adventures for the kids like nature walks, tie-dye, and so much more! Everyone should experience camping in a tent, why not do it in the beautiful nature Old Forge has to offer!

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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.


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!


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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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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