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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 in winter, and hiking and boating in the warmer months. But the region holds a range of attractions for other niche travelers. History-buffs find a safe-haven at Fort Ticonderoga and families tend to settle in Old Forge because of its water park. Meanwhile, sports fans can add Lake Placid's Olympic complexes and the Winter Olympics Museum to their must-see lists. 

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#1
Saranac Lake Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Only a 15-minute drive west of the bustling tourist town of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake is the perfect escape from ... read more»

#2
Fort Ticonderoga
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Nicknamed the "Key to the Continent," Fort Ticonderoga sits on Lake Champlain and was a strategic focal point during the ... read more»

#3
Tupper Lake Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: About 25 miles west of Saranac Lake, the village of Tupper Lake is best known for scenic airplane rides and ... read more»

#4
Mount Pisgah
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're intimidated by Whiteface's slopes, Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake will be a welcome step down from ... read more»

#5
St. Regis Canoe Area Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Visiting the St. Regis Canoe Area is a must for the boating and wildlife enthusiasts. The collection of ponds and ... read more»

#6
Enchanted Forest Water Safari
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: An annual trip for many New Yorkers, the Enchanted Forest Water Safari theme park in Old Forge, N.Y. is ... read more»

#7
Old Forge Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: This little hamlet is a bit more built up than its neighbors, with the Enchanted Forest Water Safari theme park ... read more»

#8
Whiteface Mountain
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: With the largest vertical drop on the Eastern seaboard (measuring 3,430 feet), 80 trails and 11 ski lifts, Whiteface ... read more»

#9
Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: Located just 15 minutes south of downtown Lake Placid, the Olympic Sports Complex on Mount Van Hoevenberg is worth the ... read more»

#10
Six Nations Indian Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: A great daytrip when you need a break from the larger tourist towns, this family-owned and operated museum displays more ... read more»

#11
Winter Olympic Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: The Winter Olympic Museum is dedicated to not only the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Games, but to the Winter ... read more»

#12
Olympic Jumping Complex
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.0

Why go: Just a quick five minute drive south of downtown Lake Plaicid, the Olympic Jumping Complex is another popular (and convenient ... read more»

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