Let’s face it, sometimes it’s just too much to brave the elements in the Adirondacks for an extended outdoor experience. Proper clothing that’s layered, and even a pack full of backup sometimes just won’t get it done. So when that happens, look to these options for fun in the Dacks!
1. The Wild Center – If it’s Friday through Sunday during the winter months, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake is the place to go for an outdoor experience while staying inside! $15.00 for adults, $9.00 for kids and under 3 free gets you to the most facinating, interactive Natural History museum I’ve ever seen anywhere. It’s open all the time after Memorial Day, this is not to be missed. www.wildcenter.org
2. Shop hop in Lake Placid– The main drag in Lake Placid is about as eclectic a pace as you’ll find in the Adirondacks! You can go from shop to shop, ducking in out of the cold while you hear people speaking languages from all around the globe. The town is home to the US Olympic training facility, the 60 and 90 meter ski jumps, and Mt. Van Hovenberg bobsled run. Rides on the sleds are a bit pricey, but the money goes to the team, and let’s be real,…how many people you know have ever ridden down an Olympic bobsled run? And don’t worry, they provide the driver, you’re just along for the ride! This goes through the summer months as well. For info and pricing go to www.orda.org/newsite/todo/winter/bobsled_luge.php
3. Take a skating lesson in the historic Olympic Arena – Open skating in the historic indoor Olympic Rink built in 1932 is always fun when it’s too cold or stormy to go outside! Lessons are available by appointment. www.lakeplacidskating.com/newsite/programs/winter/index.php
4. Go to any Adirondack diner, order a cup of Joe, and ask the first old timer you see, ” So where should a guy go fishing around here?” – There goes the afternoon…- Chris