Adirondack Mountains, New York Family Vacation
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- At a Glance
In the dictionary next to the word "Zen," there should be a picture of the Adirondacks. Wend north from the New York State Thruway on to the mountain-framed country roads of the Empire State's northern reaches, and civilization drops away, a sense of peace washing over you like sunshine. Stretching eight counties, two-thousand miles of hiking trails and endless shores of lake, the region collectively known as Adirondack Park is a marvel of the modern era, a place protected since being legally declared "forever wild" more than a century ago. Today, six-million acres form an adventurer's paradise, whether your family's pleasure is hiking a summit, running the rapids, careening on an Olympic bobsled course, or wiling away the hours dallying on a tranquil lakeside dock. Adventure of a different sort is on the menu further south, where the beach-town kitsch of Lake George calls to those seeking roller coasters and water slides. But, it's nature that makes the Adirondacks unique, an instant antidote to even the most frenzied family's life. Sit back, breath in, and enjoy.
This jungle gym on steroids equips brave souls with harnesses and caribiners and sends them high into the treetops. It's a physical challenge, a leap of faith, and, depending on your disposition, either a ton of fun, or a visit to crazyville...
To some folks, you haven't really done the Adirondacks 'til you've done 'em by train. Even without the steam engine (the ones on the Scenic Railway are diesel), it's a little bit of old-time magic. ...
Driving the race track at Adventure Racing Family Fun Center on the Route 9 strip won't net you any meaningful knowledge about the ecosystems of Lake George. But you will have a ton of fun....
Arcade / Game Room
It's got the location of the fancier spots, but the price of a Best Western. That makes the Adirondack Inn (a Best Western) an A-One spot for economy minded families....
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Half the excitement of this hotel on a hill is getting here. Drive up Main Street, and turn in by the impressive Olympic Center, and kids can imagine what the town felt like during its Olympic heyday....
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Don't let the dressed-down lobby fool you. This cool little hotel is ultra modern in every way. Newly updated, it's just steps from Lake Placid's adorable downtown....
Hotel / Motel
Cate herself might greet you at the door to this cute Main Street haunt, a little place where in summer, families linger at outside bistro tables over linguini and other Italian dishes, many served with Cate's fresh and famous sauce....
You've been skiing, hiking, biking or climbing. And, you're hungry. Dig into any one of the satisfying and enormous dishes at The Dancing Bears, and you'll all be happy and well fed....
Rachael Ray fans will recognize Sutton's as the celebrity chef's first job. Diners here can enjoy breakfast or lunch, ranging from tempura veggies to a tasty burger and fries....
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An Adventureland for Outdoor LoversA Family Vacation in Adirondacks, NEW YORK with Babies
1.Whiteface MountainWhiteface Mountain
5021 NY Route 86
Wilmington, NY 12997
2.Olympic Jumping ComplexOlympic Jumping Complex
Lake Placid, NY 12946
3.Fort TiconderogaFort Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
4.Six Flags Great EscapeSix Flags Great Escape
1172 State Rt. 9
Queensbury, NY 12804
5.Lake George Steamboat CompanyLake George Steamboat Company
57 Beach Road
Lake George, NY 12845