Summer tourists have poured into the Adirondacks for over a century of summer vacations. Many are allured by the fact that the Adirondacks seem unchanged with time: the same gracious pines, surround the same beautiful lakes, tucked in the same Adirondack mountains...
This summer though, locals and visitors alike can experience something new: an Adirondack carousel!
That's right! The Adirondack Carousel opened this Memorial Day at the historic William Morris Park in Saranac Lake. Rather than traditional prancing ponies, the carousel features animals that were handcrafted to represent the wildlife of the region!
The Adirondack Carousel has been a project near and dear to many people's hearts for the last decade. Local wood carver, Karen Loffler started the movement to create this unique carousel as a way to use local talent to strengthen the Adirondack community. Today, ten years after the original idea, the Adirondack Carousel is a not-for-profit group, funded with grant money, and generous donations from the community.
Hop on the moose, the otter, or even the black fly, Wednesday through Monday, during July and August! For the remainder of June the carousel is only open on weekends starting at 11 am. The one-of-a-kind ride costs $2 per ticket, or 3 tickets for $5 or 7 tickets for $10.
The Adirondack Carousel also plans to offer educational workshops, exhibitions, and children's programs to promote the Adirondacks in the future. It certainly sounds like the carousel is going to be an indispensable part of the Adirondack experience.
Have you ridden the Carousel yet? Will you take your kids there for a day out?