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Top 15 things to do in Adirondacks

1. Six Flags Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor, Queensbury

Opened in 1954, Six Flags Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor today offers a host of family entertainment with over 125 exciting rides. Try out thrill rides such as the Alpine Freefalls, but be prepared for a lot of twisting, plunging, and diving. For the gentler dispositions, the family park offers rides, such as the classic carousel. Head to the waterpark to refresh and enjoy some drenching adventures, or see relax and see some live entertainment. A number of eateries range from Primo’s Pizza to Asian cuisine. Park maps can be found on the website, or picked up at the front gate.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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2. Prospect Mountain, Lake George

Take a 4.7 km (2.9 mi) hike, or drive to Prospect Mountain, a 616 m (2,021 ft) peak with a 160 km (100 mi) view of Glens Falls and Lake George. In the 19th century, the mountain hosted a restaurant with a dance podium, which had to be accessed by foot. A railway incline opened in 1895, but failed financially eight years later. You can still see the remains of the old rail system today. At the top, take time to admire the nature and vistas of the Adirondacks. If you hike up, be prepared for steep and rocky terrain; the hike can prove challenging for novice hikers. Be sure to pack plenty of water.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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3. Mirror Lake, Lake Placid

The oligotrophic, circumneutral body of water called Mirror Lake is in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York in the United States. The lake is approximately 124 acres (0.50 km2), with a watershed area of 741 acres (3.00 km2). 27% of the watershed area is developed, 51% is forested, 2% is wetlands, and 20% is surface water. The lake has a maximum depth of 65 feet (20 m) and an average depth of 14 feet (4.3 m). It is located in the village of Lake Placid, near the center of the town of North Elba in Essex County.

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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4. Boat Tours & Water Sports, Lake George

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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5. Whiteface Mountain, Wilmington

Known as one of the High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, Whiteface Mountain is home to the esteemed White Face Ski Resort. The site that hosted all six skiing events in the 1980 Winter Olympics, this resort boasts 87 different ski trails accessible by nine chairlifts, one gondola, and one conveyor lift. Get your adrenaline rush from the highest continuous vertical drop in eastern North America, at 1,045 m (3,430 ft). Drive to the summit via the Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway and admire 360-degree views of the surrounding Adirondacks. You may even catch a glimpse of Vermont or Montreal in the distance on a clear day. During summertime, the mountain offers scenic gondola rides and is also a haven for mountain biking and hiking.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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6. Adirondack Winery, Lake George

Taste a selection of handcrafted, award-winning wines at Adirondack Winery. The winery produces well-known varieties, such as Chardonnay and pinot noir, to an array of sweet, fruity blends. The winery doesn't have its own vineyard and instead uses premium grapes from different regions to broaden its selection. During an informative tasting tour, you can try seven different wines and keep the glass as a souvenir. After discovering your favorite taste, you can purchase a bottle or some of the wine accessories at the gift shop. Kids can follow you into the winery and have some sweets while you taste the wine. Smaller groups don't need to book a tour in advance.
Suggested duration: 30 minutes
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7. Ausable Chasm, Keeseville

A 3 km (2 mi) long gorge with a river and waterfalls, Ausable Chasm features numerous adventure activities, such as rafting, tubing, rock climbing, and cable traversing. Take a scenic tour to view odd rock formations and walk along natural stone walkways, or conquer rapids and whirlpools with the help of professional guides. You also can explore on your own. For a longer visit, check out the camping facilities. You can also play an 18-hole disc golf game, rent mountain bikes, and climb typically nonaccessible areas with help of a guide.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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8. The Wild Center, Tupper Lake

The Wild Center is located in the Adirondacks in northern New York. The Adirondacks are unique in the world. Surrounded by people, they house great expanses of nature interspersed with small towns and communities. They can be an example for a future where man and the rest of the natural world find better ways to coexist.

The Wild Center is dedicated to understanding this rare place, is committed to helping people explore not a small collection, but one that lives and breathes across the entire expanse of the Adirondacks. The Wild Center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits and programs are designed to open new ways to look into the latest discoveries made by natural scientists.

There may be no more important issue than discovering better ways to coexist with the rest of the natural world, and there may be no better place to understand that effort than in the Adirondacks.
Suggested duration: 8 hours
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9. North Creek Mosaic Project, North Creek

The project is sponsored by several local groups and a non-profit organization, the Friends of the Town of Johnsburg Parks.

You can contact us through Kate at

Kate Hartley, PO Box 147, North Creek, NY 12853
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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10. Lake Placid Olympic Museum, Lake Placid

Tell the world about the Olympic movement and Lake Placid's rich winter sports history in order to promote the values of the Olympic Games to the broadest possible audience.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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11. Spas, Queensbury

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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12. Lake George, Lake George

Extending about 51.8 km (32.2 mi) in length, nestled in a resort town, Lake George offers an array of water activities, boating options, and tourist facilities. It is suitable for swimming and scuba diving, with or without instructors. Hop aboard one of the cruise boats and go sightseeing, or try jet skiing, tubing, or rafting. The lake also has hiking trails, parasailing clubs, skydiving opportunities, hot air balloons, golf courses, the biggest amusement park in New York, and an abundance of dining and lodging options. Plan your activities in advance.
Suggested duration: 2 hours
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13. Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Hogansburg

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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14. iLoveKickboxing, Queensbury

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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15. St. Eustace Episcopal Church, Lake Placid

Suggested duration: 2 hours
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