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Summer Destinations: Adirondacks

Adirondack Experience

Visitors are invited to come and experience a truly unique adventure in the heart of the Adirondacks. With more than 20 buildings nestled across 120 acres overlooking Blue Mountain Lake, the open-air campus offers everyone something to do. Step into the rich history of this region as you explore the museum, row an authentic guideboat, break up a logjam, climb a classic ADK fire tower, or enjoy a family-friendly hike to Minnow Pond. New for this season is the opening of Artist & Inspiration in the Wild an art exhibition that celebrates the Adirondacks! Enjoy a few hours or the entire day as you discover unexpected stories of the Adirondacks past and present.

Gallery 3040

Gallery 3040 is a family-owned art gallery and gift shop centrally located in Old Forge. They specialize in handmade goods and offer a wide variety of unique gifts and fine art - including jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, and unique gift items — many from local and New York state artists and artisans. Additionally, they carry a wide variety of affordable Fair Trade items, that are not just beautiful, but help communities throughout the world. Custom framing is available. Stop in with your family and meet theirs.

Howe Caverns

Located in scenic Schoharie County, Howe Caverns is celebrating another summer of discovery and has been in operation since 1842 and operating guided tours for 90 years. Howe’s main attraction is a living, limestone cave, located 156 feet (15 stories) below the earth’s surface. You’ll learn the story of Lester Howe’s discovery and enter the cave via elevator to experience well-lit, smooth brick walkways, and a boat ride on the underground Lake of Venus. Specialty tours (Lantern, Flashlight, Adventure, Signature Rock Discovery and Private) are available with advance reservations. Howe Glassworks is a new interactive glassblowing studio located at Howe Caverns. Guests are able to work with our artists in a private, hands-on workshop to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. There is also gemstone mining, seasonal outdoor activities, a large Gift Shop, a Sweet Shop filled with homemade fudge and other yummy treats, plus an on-site Café. Information on tours, pricing, overnight packages and more online or call 518-296-8900 to plan your visit today.

Town of Inlet

Dubbed "the little town that could," Inlet offers a great sense of community while maintaining the feel of its premier Adirondack forest and waterfront location. Visitors can golf the immaculately maintained 18-hole Inlet Golf Club, stroll through the locally owned shops that line this picture-perfect "Main Street," and then spend the afternoon relaxing at Arrowhead Park, where their public beach and recreation area are centrally located within easy walking distance to the best Gelato you can find in the Adirondacks. Located on the eastern end of Fourth Lake, situated along the Adirondack's popular Fulton Chain of Lakes. Boasting a wide array of events and pristine downtown area, an excellent hub for travelers to enjoy shopping, dining, paddling, boating, swimming, fishing, camping, and most importantly, relaxing! Make a stay of it, and choose from a variety of lodging properties, vacation rentals and camping options located near all the action and amenities that Inlet has to offer.

View Center for Arts and Culture

View is a dynamic Center for Arts and Culture based in the Adirondack region. Throughout the year, four galleries host dozens of exhibitions ranging from local artists to international shows such as View’s signature exhibit, the "Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors." Gould Hall is a "jewel" of a performance space, with excellent acoustics and retractable stadium seats, making it ideal for concerts and theatrical productions while also accommodating major events, conferences, and weddings. In the workshop and pottery studio, skilled artisans teach a variety of classes and pass on their knowledge to everyone from experienced artists to people who just want to learn a new hobby. During the summer, View hosts "Family Drop-ins" Monday through Friday, where everyone can make a memory by working on quick artistic projects together. With year-round exhibitions, events, performances, and workshops, View has something for everyone to love.