No matter what time of year you visit, the Adirondack Mountains have gorgeous views and fun for the whole family. Take a hike in summer, soak in the fall foliage, or try out the heart-dropping slopes in winter, you’ll never run out of things to keep your visit full.
From adventurers to wine lovers, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite things to do in the Adirondacks to get you started in planning your trip:
If you love nothing more than spending time outside there’s plenty for you to do in the Adirondacks. Whether you want to give yourself a physical challenge or just take in some of the scenery, you’re sure to find an activity to enjoy.
From lower-elevation hiking trails for beginners or those wanting an easy scenic hike to more challenging routes, the Adirondacks has something for everyone looking to get into the great outdoors. If you’ve got kids with you, try Sleeping Beauty Mountain or Severance Mountain Trail.
For dog lovers, check out the Thomas Mountain Trail or Esther Mountain to make a day of your hike. Your pup can enjoy seeing squirrels, birds, and all sorts of other wildlife along the way!
Want a challenge? Try hiking all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks region! If you make it, you can join the elite Adirondack 46ers.
Really want to get your heart pumping? The Adirondacks region has some great places to go whitewater rafting!
Beaverbrook Outfitters has whitewater rafting trips as well as canoe and kayak rentals for anyone wanting a slightly slower pace on the water. For a great view of the waterways of the Adirondacks, check out one of their guided tours by raft.
Skiing & Snowboarding
Enjoy all the fun of skiing out west but for lower prices and easier access. The Adirondacks has some of the country’s best downhill slopes, making the region great for every level of skier.
If you love deep snow, check out Snow Ridge in Turin. They get some of the deepest and best snowfalls in the entire area due to lake effect snow from Lake Ontario.
For experienced skiers wanting a challenge, head to Whiteface Mountain. This area has the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies, 3,430 feet to be exact!
If you prefer to run at a more moderate pace, perhaps with a glass of wine in your hand, the Adirondacks is the perfect place for you to relax, taste some new drinks, and enjoy the views at the region’s many wineries and breweries.
While there are tons of wineries, distilleries, and breweries you can take in individually or a couple at a time, but for the best experience, the Adirondacks has two great options
The Adirondack Coast Wine Trail offers tours of 33 miles worth of wineries and cideries. Get your trail map and take this self-guided tour, spending as much or as little time in each location as you want. You’re sure to find some great souvenirs from your trip and some new favorite wines!
Want more than just wine? The Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail weaves together more than 25 wineries, cideries, craft breweries, and distilleries. Everyone’s sure to find something to enjoy when you take this self-guided tour.
Museums & Historic Sites
Want to spend some time indoors? The Adirondacks region has a wide variety of options. Check out the Smithsonian of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Experience traces the history of life in the region from the 19th century onward.
Prefer art museums? See an extensive collection of illustrations, portraits, and sculptures crafted by regional native Frederic Remington at the Frederic Remington Art Museum. In addition to the permanent collection of Remington’s works, this museum hosts travelling exhibits juried art exhibits, members’ art exhibits, and exhibits of art from local students.
For the history buff in your group, the region has all sorts of things to enjoy. From the John Brown State Historic Site to a museum showcasing the history of fiddling, there is an abundance of museums, historic sites, and reenactments.
Need a Place to Stay? We Can Help!
Finding great things to do in the Adirondacks region is only half the battle. Now you need to find a great place to stay!
At New York Rental by Owner, we’ve got some fantastic rental properties perfect for your next vacation.
This farmhouse in Lake Algonquin sleeps 8 and is nestled on 11 acres. Enjoy snowshoeing on the lake in winter, hiking in the summer, and a plethora of farmers’ markets and bird-watching in the spring and fall. Or, just relax by the fire and soak in the peace and quiet!
If you want a waterfront property, this cottage that sleeps 5 is the perfect getaway. Boat, fish, or relax on the deck in the summer. And this one’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Saratoga Springs, Gore Mountain, and Lake George for added fun. Bonus: This rental comes with a private hot tub!
Cozy up in this 3-bedroom house in Lake Placid. Enjoy watching the snow fall in winter from this light, airy space. In warmer weather, it’s just a short walk to Main Street and all the attractions there.
We’ve got lots more great rentals available in Lake Placid. Check them out!
Have a great property in the Adirondacks we should add to our list? We’re always looking for new rentals to recommend to visitors!