Activities & Attractions

So much to see and do

In the Adirondacks, our biggest attraction of course is the Adirondacks – a vast, pristine playground of balsam forests, mountain peaks, and deep lakes offering unparalleled outdoor recreation, immersion in history, and activities that will make your getaway unforgettable! From historic Great Camps and live music to tours by floatplane and a replica steamer, there's a lot to do in our big outdoors and small towns.

Adirondack Great Camps

Here, in the heart of the central Adirondacks, where wilderness is the main attraction, we love to share our unique history. Historic Great Camps along the shores of Raquette Lake, itself a beauty, are best viewed from the water, aboard the stylish, comfortable W. W. Durant, a replica steamboat. The Durant's meals — brunch, dinner, and even moonlit dances — are a culinary treat. Pairing dessert with a gorgeous, sparkling sunset is one of the best ways to end a colorful day.

Another one of the region's unique Adirondack attractions is Great Camp Sagamore, the Adirondack retreat of one of the wealthiest men in early 20th America, now a National Historic Landmark. Sagamore offers overnight accommodations in storied Adirondack Great Camp luxury. Tours of the buildings and grounds, as well as special events are open to the general public throughout the year.

Arts and Culture

Hamilton County is proud to be the home of the famous Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, a beloved place to explore interactive exhibits, artwork, and buildings that celebrate the history that makes the Adirondacks a unique place to visit and live in.

Proud of our history, we have historic sites and museums — big and small — all over the county. Exploring our scenic historic towns and hamlets is a perfect way to discover the work of talented artisans and craftspeople, creators of distinctly Adirondack-inspired paintings, photographs, furniture, and more. Our shops, studios, and galleries are full of beautiful treasures ready to draw you in to this area of inspiration and activity.

Ticket to ride

Looking for a tour where you can sit back, relax, and let someone take the reins, or tips for a sweet scenic drive? To help get as much activity in as possible, tours and excursions with local guides and adventurers are an extra fun way to experience the amazing Adirondack scenery. In the water or in the air, tours and excursions here are extra unique and distinctly Adirondack!

Year-round fun

Just because some attractions are closed in the winter, it doesn't mean the fun has to stop! Many businesses and organizations are now offering special virtual programming all year round! Check out our events page to find unique talks, workshops, and tours!

 

 

A group of visitors next to a sailboat in an interior museum exhibit.
Inside the ADKX.
a fire tower in the snow.
a bar decorated in garland.
two hockey players skate on the ice.

 

 

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139 Lapland Lake Rd
Benson, NY 12134
A touch of Finland in the Adirondacks! Trail system designed by Olympian Olavi Hirvonen. 4-season cottage rentals. 70-acre spring fed lake. Kayak, canoe, swim, hike, bike & fish!

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149 Route 28
Inlet, NY 13360
Open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, mid-June through mid-September.

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9097 Route 30
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
New Season, New Experiences The newly renamed Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is open for its 60th season, offering the most immersive and diverse visitor experience in its six decades.

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Sagamore Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Welcome to Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks at Raquette Lake, NY. Our 27 authentic National Historic Landmark designated buildings were the wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954.

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254 Antlers Road
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
ALL ABOARD! The best way to enjoy beautiful Raquette Lake is from the deck of the W.W. Durant. Cool breezes. Breathtaking scenery. Fascinating history. Scrumptious food.
WW Durant Boat on the lake with mountains in background

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45 Museum Drive
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
Three years running, The Wild Center was named the People’s Choice top attraction in the Adirondacks by the readers of Adirondack Life. To top it all off, The Wild Center’s Wild Walk, a trail across the treetops, has opened to rave reviews.
Loomis Road
Inlet, NY 13360
Fern Park is a free, four-season, town of Inlet recreation park located on Loomis Road, just off of South Shore Road. Visitors can hike, bike, ski, and 'shoe! There is even ice skating in winter and weddings in summer.
Ski the groomed trails at Fern Park. Bring the dog!
State Route 30
Speculator, NY 12164
The historic Makomis fire tower has been relocated to the Sacandaga River Community Park in Speculator NY, and is now open to visitors. The tower will be open from dawn to dusk, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (weather permitting). And it's free!
Take a lovely stroll around Speculator and see the newly restored fire tower.
Dunn's Boat Service

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1500 Big Moose Road
Eagle Bay, NY 13331
Helms Aero Service

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Rte 30
Long Lake, NY 12847
Paynes Air Service

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Inlet, NY 13360
Raquette Lake Navigation

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254 Antlers Road PO Box 100
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
Pedals & Petals

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176 Route 28 PO Box 390
Inlet, NY 13360
Adirondack Saddle Tours

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4 Uncas Road PO Box 470
Eagle Bay, NY 13331
McComb's Oak Hill Maple Farm

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227 Elm Lake Road PO Box 61
Speculator, NY 12164
Abanakee Studios

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Route 28
Indian Lake, NY 12842
Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts

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3446 Route 28
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Adirondack - Sacandaga River Sculpture Park

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New York State Route 30 -South Main Street
Wells, NY 12190