The Adirondacks and Thousand Islands

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  • 1. Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

    Museum/Gallery

    More than 100,000 Adirondack artifacts are in the collection of this acclaimed museum that explores the history and culture of the region. The...Read More

  • 2. Boldt Castle

    Building/Architectural Site

    George C. Boldt, proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, began building this 120-room Rhineland-style castle on Heart Island for...Read More

  • 3. Hyde Collection

    Museum/Gallery

    One of the finest art museums in the northeastern United States, the Hyde Collection encompasses some 2,800 pieces including paintings and works...Read More

  • 4. Olympic Center

    Museum/Gallery

    The center was built for the 1932 Olympics and renovated and expanded for the 1980 Games. During the latter, the arena here was the site of...Read More

  • 5. 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A stop by the 1932 & 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum is a fitting way to begin your tour of Lake Placid. Displays here, including...Read More

  • 6. Adirondack History Center Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    An old school building houses a museum, where the rather eclectic collection includes a bobsled from the 1932 Winter Olympics, antique dolls...Read More

  • 7. Adirondack Scenic Railroad

    Tour–Sight

    In July and August, the 12:30 train features nature stories and a lecture by resident scholar Bernie Davis. Davis regales passengers with stories...Read More

  • 8. Antique Boat Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Boats and river memorabilia depict life on the St. Lawrence River. The collection of 205 craft includes an 8-foot canoe and a 65-foot yacht...Read More

  • 9. Arts Center/Old Forge

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The arts center sponsors exhibits, performances, artists' receptions, and special events focusing on Adirondack traditions and artists. Classes...Read More

  • 10. Ausable Chasm

    Geological Site

    The 1½-mi-long chasm opened to the public in 1870, becoming the country's first natural tourist attraction. The geological spectacle continues...Read More

  • 11. Calypso's Cove Family Fun Center

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Located right next to Enchanted Forest, this amusement complex offers go-karts, bumper boats, miniature golf, and an arcade. A Pizza Hut is...Read More

  • 12. Chapman Historical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A visit to the painstakingly restored home of the DeLong family—who lived here from 1860 to 1910—gives you a glimpse of life in the 19th-century...Read More

  • 13. Cornell Sugar Maple Research–Uihlein Field Station

    Information Center

    The field station, part of a Cornell University extension program, encompasses more than 200 forested acres, a greenhouse, and orchards. An...Read More

  • 14. Crown Point State Historic Site

    Historic District/Site

    Since the earliest European explorations of North America, long and narrow Lake Champlain has been considered an important strategic waterway...Read More

  • 15. Enchanted Forest/Water Safari

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Highlights at this water park include a tidal-wave pool and a multiperson tube ride called the Amazon. The Black River waterslide and the Bombay...Read More

  • 16. Fort Ticonderoga

    Military Site

    The fort, built alongside Lake Champlain by the French (in 1755–58), was originally named Fort Carillon. It was captured by the British in 1759...Read More

  • 17. Fort William Henry Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The "fort" here is actually a reconstruction of the 1755 original, which was built by the British, used in the French and Indian War, and written...Read More

  • 18. Garnet Mine Tours

    Mine

    The mine, started in 1878, is one of the largest garnet mines in the world. Guided tours, which include a walk through an open-pit mine, leave...Read More

  • 19. Great Camp Sagamore

    Building/Architectural Site

    Sagamore Lodge and the 26 adjoining buildings that make up Great Camp Sagamore were built in the late 1800s by William West Durant, a prominent...Read More

  • 20. Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom Fun Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Six roller coasters are among the 125-plus rides at this theme park. The water-park area (open Memorial Day through Labor Day) includes labyrinthine...Read More

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