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Recreation and Attractions

The Adirondacks and the Capital Region are home to major attractions that will keep you occupied for days on end. Let the beauty of the region engulf you as you embark on a fun adventure.

Highlights include:

The Mountains – As mountains go,the Adirondack Mountains may not be very tall – the tallest, Mount Marcy, is 5,344 ft. –but they are massive. With more than a hundred peaks forming a circular, 160-mile-wide area, these ancient, forest-covered behemoths will take your breath away. Here in the mountains, you can:

  • Explore more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails, ranging from those that go all the way up to the summits of the High Peaks to trails that will take you on a tour of the mountains’ many waterfalls.
  • Go canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and more on the region’s over 3,000 lakes and ponds and around 30,000 miles of waterways. Go on a steamboat cruise on Lake George, the Queen of American Lakes, brave the rapids of the Hudson, Sacanadaga, Moose, and Black rivers, or cast your line in the Ausable. Whether you’re in the mood for solitude or adventure, you won’t run out of options here.
  • Fall in love with snow sports from downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The region has eight ski resorts, including Whiteface Mountain, which has “the greatest vertical drop east of the Rockies.” It’s close to Lake Placid, which hostedno less than two Winter Olympics games.

Albany – The state capital’s many attractions include:

  • New York State Capitol – Learn about Albany’s rich history by going on a tour of New York State Capitol. Construction took place between 1867 and 1899. Highlights include the Senate Chamber, the Million Dollar Stair Case, and War Room.
  • Empire State Plaza – The Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza spans 98 acres and houses over 11,000 workers in all 10 of its buildings. Built in 1978, this glorious capital center hosts a series of events that include festivals and concerts.

Other attractions worth checking out in the area include:

  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Saratoga Spa State Park
  • Saratoga Race Course
  • National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge
  • Water Slide World in Lake George
  • Downtown Albany
  • Downtown Saratoga Springs