Ride, paddle, camp, relax!
Here Comes the Fun in the ADK Sun
Lake life adventures in Placid
Right in the center of downtown Lake Placid there’s a 124 acre lake. We call it Mirror Lake because the surface is as smooth and reflective as glass. It’s surrounded by mountain vistas and is a year-round treasure because of its beauty. It also provides an abundance of opportunities for fun, including a public beach right off Main Street. Lake Placid lake, just north of Mirror Lake, is yet another opportunity for fun in the water. Lake Placid boasts a strong tradition of getting out on the water, whether it’s by boat or atop of a SUP. There are so many different ways to enjoy the water, and you don't even need the gear. We've got you covered. Below is a list of ways to enjoy the lakes and where to rent the gear this summer in Lake Placid.
Scenic road cycling
Looking to take to the pavement with your road bike? We have four decidedly different loops to ride! Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride close to downtown or a longer adventure, we have it here for you.
Camping with the kids
The snow is gone, there’s a warm breeze that has the whole family just itching to get outside, and that awesome camping gear that you got over the holidays is calling to you.
At long last, it’s camping time!
The Adirondacks are filled with all kinds of nooks and crannies that are great for camping. And right here, in the heart of the Adirondacks, there’s the perfect place for everyone. From first-time campers to experienced backpackers, we have so many choices that one of them is bound to be the perfect match for you.
The zen of fly fishing
As my brother Josh and I drove through the Adirondack Mountains down winding Route 86, the most magnificent and beautiful river came into focus. I could feel its overall shape, its wandering path through the landscape, the depths of its center into the earth’s skin, its harsh and gently inviting force. I became aware of the sun traversing the sky, the contrasting light and colors glittering, changing with time, dancing with life on top of the river’s surface. And even though I live here, I was once again in awe of the beauty of this area.
As summer slowly tiptoes its way into the Adirondacks, I decided to try something new this year—fly fishing.
Paddling a nature preserve
In the mood for some scenic paddling on one of the nation's largest lakes where the views are gorgeous and the fun is plentiful? Head to Noblewood Park and Nature Preserve, located in the Town of Willsboro, where the 40-mile long Boquet River flows into Lake Champlain. The 69-acre property was created in partnership between the town and The Nature Conservancy to protect important shoreline habitats, wildlife, and plantlife. As a result, this pristine spot makes for the perfect place to paddle, walk, and enjoy the beauty of the edge of the Adirondacks.
Sweet summer songs
The next big Broadway star or opera diva could be right here in the Adirondacks this summer. The legendary Seagle Music Colony in Schroon Lake is celebrating its 104th birthday this year and it’s as vibrant as ever, bringing world-class young performers to the Adirondacks.
Considered by many to be among the finest, if not the finest, summer vocal training program in the nation, the Seagle Music Colony was founded in 1915 by Oscar Seagle, a world famous and popular baritone. Seagle's first studio was on Lake George, but after only a few years he purchased property in Schroon Lake. Today, young singers audition each year to join the colony, still tucked away in the dense woods of Charley Hill, just minutes from downtown Schroon Lake. The theater that productions are staged in was Seagle's original studio and retains many of the picturesque original features, while also serving as a modern space for professional productions. With a view of the lake below, Seagle's location is an idyllic spot for an enchanting summer performance.
Music with a view
This summer marks the second year of the Summer Sunset Series at the Tupper Lake Lions Bandshell in Flanders Park, and the lineup is looking great. And if the entertainment isn't enticing enough, think of the scene: free shows set against a backdrop of the sun setting over a sparkling Adirondack lake. It doesn't get much better than that!
The weekly performances happen in Flanders Park every Tuesday at 7 p.m. from July 3 through August 27. The only exception is the first concert, which is on a Wednesday. Grab your dinner to go, pull up a blanket, and enjoy Shakespeare in the Parks or rock, blues, folk, funk, swing, or opera, depending on when you're there.
Make dad's day
Father's Day is fast approaching, so this year let's ditch the necktie and breakfast and instead treat dad to something special. As a dad myself, I feel memories made with my children are much more important than any physical gift. So, for all of you searching for the perfect gift for dad, here are some new ideas I know he will cherish!