We get lots of snow here in the winter, so why not get out and enjoy it? Here is a list of places where you can go to chill out and have some fun, and some places to shake that chill off with a nice hot beverage.
Head to Fern Park in Inlet for all of your outdoor winter fun needs! 22km of groomed cross-country ski trails await, 2km of which are lit each night until 10 p.m. for a nice nighttime ski. There is a covered skating rink with heated bathroom and a warming room for those extra chilly days. There is even a sledding hill, perfect to bring your toboggans and tubes! Pedals & Petals has all your ice skating needs from rentals, to skates to purchase, to sharpening for the pair you already own!
Fridays and Saturdays you can head to Tamarack Cafe for a coffee or a nice hot cocoa, and grab a bite for breakfast or lunch while you're at it. Or if you need something a little stronger to warm you up, you can head to Screamen' Eagle for one of their 50 beers on top and a steaming order of crispy hot wings.
In Indian Lake, you can head to Ski Hut Road to take your sled for a ride down the old ski hill, or strap on a pair of skates and hit the ice skating rink. You can also take your cross-country skis to the Northville-Lake Placid Trail to get a little ski in. Check out Pine's Country Store for all of your winter equipment needs!
When you've had enough of the cold weather outside, head inside at Chef Darrell's Mountain Diner for a hot cup of coffee and a short stack!
Mt. Sabattis is your go to place for outdoor winter activities in Long Lake! The large hill is the perfect for all day sledding. There is also an ice rink that offers free skate rentals. They are open Thursday - Monday every week. Check in the with the Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department for more information. If you are looking to cross-country ski, the Big Brook Loop is a nice intermediate 4.25-mile loop that goes through the Lake Eaton State Campground.
The Long Lake Diner is a great spot to warm up with a beverage and a delicious meal after a day playing out in the snow!
For some free cross-country ski fun, head to the Kunjamuck Loop which is a groomed trail behind the Speculator Pavilion and near the Sacandaga Pathway. The Speculator Pavilion is also where the town skating rink is. If you're looking for somewhere to go sledding, the Lake Pleasant Golf Course on Route 8 has a fantastic sledding hill!
Grab a Hot Toddy to warm back up at The Inn at Speculator, or even just a hot cocoa and a burger. You can also play a game of pool or darts while you're thawing out.