As many websites are offering virtual experiences online, some of the Adirondacks attractions are also making their digital content available. Their offerings include virtual tours, educational programs, activities, and webcams. All these tools allow travelers to see and experience some of the places located in the Adirondacks, right from the comfort of their homes.
One such attraction is The Wild Center, located in Tupper Lake. The Wild Center’s overall commitment is to provide science-based information, along with the story of the Adirondacks, to enable people and nature to thrive together, now as well as in the future. It has exhibits and programs to spotlight this concept. At the museum's website, you will be able to take part in a virtual visit of the museum. Checkout the exhibits, explore each floor of the center and take advantage of the museum’s live cams, including views from Whiteface Mountain, the Center’s resident turtles, and views of the sunset, plus several more options. After touring the museum, don’t forget the Wild Center’s Wild Walk. The variety of lodging near The Wild Center makes planning a trip easy, but for those that can't wait to see the exhibits, their website also offers an enhanced experience by using a virtual headset!
Delve into history
Another popular Adirondack attraction that can be visited online is the Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. The museum is reaching out to visitors virtually this season. Each week the museum offers new educational programs and activities for children and the young at heart. You will also find views and information on the museum’s permanent exhibits representing the history of the Adirondacks. The website features the collections “The Heart of the Experience” and “Healing in the Adirondacks." Make sure to visit the Adirondack Experience live webcam with a wonderful view of Blue Mountain Lake from the museum's upper deck.
For the armchair historians among us, there is the Center For Digital Learning at Fort Ticonderoga. You can browse through the museum’s on-line collections covering both the periods of Colonial and Revolutionary War through military artifacts. One will find artifacts from buttons to prints, musket balls to sabers, cannons to canteens, and so much more. Peruse the museum’s archives at your leisure. In the photo section, you can look through daguerrotype cases and negative glass plates. All in all, a history buff’s ticket to enjoyable entertainment!
For even more local history, visit Historic Saranac Lake and the Saranac Laboratory Musem. HSL offers an online archive and resources covering Saranac Lake’s part in being a center for tuberculosis treatment and research. The website also covers the village’s rich history in the arts, a walking tour, and a local history wiki. There is information on historic buildings, and the Saranac Lake Laboratory Museum. Historic Saranac Lake also offers digital mini tours of local historic sites.
A virtual trip to the Adirondacks would not be complete without a visit to Adirondacks, USA, where the user has control of a 360-degree virtual guide. Take a look at the area in all it’s panoramic glory. You can take in the surrounding views on the summit of Mt. Marcy, the highest mountain in New York State, and without having to hike hours to do so! Not sure of where you want to go first? No problem, click on the dice located at the top of the page and see where you end up in the Adirondack Park, or guide yourself to the various regions to visit quaint retail shops and restaurants in the local towns and villages. See where events such as Lake Placid Ironman or the 90 Miler Canoe race take place. Let the Adirondacks inspire you to keep clicking!
Here lies just a few of the virtual experiences our area has to offer. Turn your armchair browsing up a notch and relax in the Adirondacks!