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Best Things To Do in Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are mainly for outdoorsy vacationers; there are lots of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain in winter, as well as hiking and boating at Saranac Lake during the warmer months. But the region holds a range of attractions for other niche travelers. History buffs will appreciate John Brown Farm State Historic Site and Fort Ticonderoga, while families will enjoy learning about Adirondack wildlife at The Wild Center. Meanwhile, sports fans can add Lake Placid's Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex and Olympic Museum to their must-see lists. 

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#1
Saranac Lake Free attraction
Hiking, Skiing, Swimming/Pools, Neighborhood/Area | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 5.0

Why go: Located just 9 miles northwest of the bustling tourist town of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake is the perfect escape from ... read more»

#2
Whiteface Mountain (Lake Placid)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: With the largest vertical drop on the eastern seaboard (measuring 3,430 feet), 87 trails and 11 ski lifts, Whiteface ... read more»

#3
Fort Ticonderoga
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Nicknamed the "Key to the Continent" in the 18th century, Fort Ticonderoga sits on Lake Champlain and once served as ... read more»

#4
The Wild Center (Tupper Lake)
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Nestled within the Adirondacks about 21 miles southwest of Saranac Lake, The Wild Center features 81 acres of forest and ... read more»

#5
John Brown Farm State Historic Site (Lake Placid)
Hiking, Historic Homes/Mansions, Parks and Gardens | Map It

Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For those who are interested in history but don't want to drive too far to find it, John Brown ... read more»

#6
Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Situated on Mount Van Hoevenberg about 7 miles southeast of Lake Placid, the Olympic Sports Complex is an ideal attraction ... read more»

#7
Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Less than 2 miles southeast of downtown Lake Placid, the Olympic Jumping Complex is another popular (and convenient) outing for ... read more»

#8
Lake Placid Olympic Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: For a glimpse into the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, make a stop at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum ... read more»

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