Memorial Day Weekend Kicks off a Summer of Fun in the Adirondacks Usa

Submitted by Guest Blogger: Jesse Macomber

Opening day in the Adirondacks is upon us and we’re overcome with excitement! Campgrounds, hiking trails, and museums will come alive as outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide venture to our beautiful region to celebrate the season we live for – summer in the Adirondacks.

If there’s one thing that the Adirondacks are known for, it’s our hiking trails and unique camping spots. With over 2,000 miles of trails that wind through forests, skirt beautiful waterfalls, and lead to summits with 360-degree views of natural magic, the Adirondacks are calling and you should probably come! 

Imagine the serenity of Island Camping on the Saranacs, waking to a fiery sunrise and the sweet cry of loons; spending the day fishing just feet away, napping in the afternoon sun or going for a swim in the lake. Or perhaps a short afternoon hike in the Schroon Lake Region, complete with a visit to the Visitors Interpretive Center or a climb up one of our fire towers, is something your whole family would enjoy.

Some of our favorite camping spots in the region are below.  Click on the links for more information and to make reservations:


Top 5 for Adirondack Camping

  1. John Dillon Park in Long Lake is universally accessible, offering lean-tos, docks, electric pontoon boat rides, and the best part is – it’s free! 
  2. Ausable Chasm Camping in the northern Lake Champlain Region offers access to the roaring chasm and its array of attractions, as well as a pool, playground, and cabins if you don’t have a tent.
  3. Buck Pond in Saranac Lake is for the camper who likes two things: being on the water, and being away from other campers. 
  4. ADK Wilderness Campground in Lake Placid offers a variety of camping options, from tent sites, to lean-tos, and even canvas cabins. Camp within a short distance of downtown Lake Placid and the High Peaks hiking trials.
  5. Fish Creek State Campground located between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake is comfortably situated between two ponds, and is accessible by boat or canoe. Daily recreation programs for kids are offered as well. 


Museums Open with New Exhibits

For a taste of the Adirondacks before embarking on a full on camping trip, explore one of the region’s unique museums that offer fun and adventure for the whole family.  The new Adirondack Experience on Blue Mountain Lake, formerly the Adirondack Museum, offers breathtaking natural beauty in an interactive journey that unites the spirit of the region and its people. 

Venture to Tupper Lake for a day of natural immersion at The Wild Center. In addition to last summer’s debut new exhibit, the Wild Walk, an elevated trail across treetops, the center will debut their newest exhibit, iForest for the summer 2017 season. This new addition features an immersive sound installation using 24 hidden speakers in the woods – and we can’t wait to visit! The center is a 54,000-square-foot museum offering everything from guided canoe trips to live animals exhibits.

For the history buff out there, make sure to plan a stop at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, in Saranac Lake, to take in one of the featured exhibits on local history, science, and patient care. Admission is only $5 and children are free of charge. Coming up on May 31 is the opening of a new exhibit: “The Roaring Twenties: Check in to a Grand Hotel.” 

Of course, fans of the Little House on the Prairie series will want to put a trip to the Malone Region on their weekend docket. The Almanzo Wilder Farm opens for the season on May 27. This painstakingly restored house is the original boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder and the farm is the site of the book, Farmer Boy, written by his wife, Laura Ingalls Wilder.


Start the summer off right - hit the road and join us in the mountains!

Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to a world of excitement in the Adirondacks. Summer here is truly a magical experience, one that not soon will be forgotten. This weekend we celebrate the season and invite visitors from all over to taste the serenity and beauty of the natural landscape and the rich history of the region that we are so very lucky to call home.

Easy to get here, hard to leave. Come find out why!