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Things to do in Adirondacks

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Adirondacks. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Adirondacks attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Adirondacks to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Adirondacks.

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  • Adirondack Museum

    Embark on a Gilded Age expedition here for exhibitions of the region’s history: logging, boating, and handmade furniture. Pick up lunch at the muse... More
  • Adirondack Park

    Climb trails through the northern peaks of the park or backcountry canoe in the St. Regis wilderness area. More
  • Blue Mountain Outfitters

    Have walking guide Ernie La Prairie take you out in his wooden rowboat for an island picnic. Last stop: the outfitter’s store, which stocks heavenl... More
  • Blues Berry Bakery

    Rainer Schnaars named his bakery after his favorite band, the Blue Brothers, and is where the gregarious, bearded 49-year-old creates pastries like... More
  • Charlotte-Essex Ferry

    Take the Charlotte-Essex Ferry to historic Essex, NY, a former shipping hub now home to stone houses and antiques shops. Drive along the scenic lak... More
  • Great Camp Sagamore

    The Vanderbilts’ fairy-tale lodge. More
  • Great Camp Santanoni

    Spend the the afternoon exploring this 1892 estate on Newcomb Lake that’s accessible by foot, bike, or horse-drawn wagon. You’ll see one of the Hig... More
  • High Falls Gorge

    Here bridges crisscross a clear, cold stream of water that flows through jagged rocks. More
  • Lake Placid Olympic Region

    Olympic Pedigree: Figure skater-turned-movie star Sonja Henie took one gold medal at the Olympic Center’s rink in 1932. Nearly five decades later, ... More
  • Lake Placid Pub & Brewery

    Guests gather at sunset to sip an Ubu Ale or a Lake Placid IPA. The brewery has won a slew of awards, including best in New York State at the TAP b... More
  • Mirror Lake Boat Rental

    The shop has everything you need to explore the lake, from paddleboats and kayaks to hydro bikes. More
  • Mount Jo

    A great choice for beginners, thanks to its free, guided nature tours up a two-mile path with summit views of the Adirondack High Peaks region. More
  • Olympic Regional Development Authority

    Choose from dozens of active pursuits. Two standouts: Strapping into a bobsled (equipped with blades in the winter, and wheels in the summer), or r... More
  • Olympic Sports Complex

    Try a bobsled run. It’s the only bobsled, luge, and skeleton track east of the Rockies. There’s also a network of cross-country ski trails. More
  • Ticonderoga Ferry

    The ferry has operated continuously since 1756. More

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