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Presidents' Day is this coming Monday, and if you haven't gone on a winter vacation in the Adirondacks, now is one of the best times to do so. Winter carnivals are taking place throughout the region, and there are plenty of activities that kids and adults will enjoy. Check out these 13 great events and have fun this Presidents' Day weekend in the Adirondacks: February 17 - 20.

Grab your pole, your gear, and some friends this weekend and head out to your favorite fishing spot - it's New York State's first free fishing weekend of 2017! On February 18 & 19, all New York State residents and non-residents can fish without a fishing license.

President's Day is coming up, and next week, many schools will be closed for a mid-winter recess. Looking for a fun and free activity you and your kids can enjoy? Participate in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a worldwide survey of birds: February 17-20, 2017.

The Village of Saranac Lake is becoming the place to be during the winter season. The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is recognized as one of the top winter events in the Adirondacks each year, and later this February, the village will host the 2017 WSSF World Snowshoe Championships.

Photo: A Snowshoe Race at Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park
Valentine's Day is next week, but have you made plans for this weekend? Take a trip to the Adirondacks and enjoy some pre-Valentine's Day carnivals and activities happening all weekend long: February 10-12.

Photo Credit: Kurt Gardner Photography
Biking is one of the most popular ways of exploring the beautiful landscapes and trails of the Adirondack Park, and this August, you'll have a chance to do so with all the comforts of a resort. That's right, Cycle Adirondacks is back for the third year in a row, and registration for this magical bike tour is open now.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival starts this Friday, February 3 and runs through February 12, 2017!

You can visit the iconic Saranac Lake Ice Palace, shop for crafts, participate in contests, and more during the two weeks of the Winter Carnival. Whether you think you're the best curler in the Adirondacks or you're more into the open mic and karaoke evenings, there's something for everyone!

Saranac Lake Ice Palace Construction

February has finally arrived, which means the long wait is over - winter carnival season is kicking off in the Adirondacks! Learn more about the carnivals going on this weekend, and don't miss out on the other exciting events happening throughout the Adirondacks: February 3-5.

Photo: 2012 Ice Palace at Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, by Donna Lichti
The debate over the future classification of the Boreas Ponds Tract has been one of the most significant in recent years, with various groups advocating for full access, no access, or some access. Although official public hearings have ended, a few Adirondack media outlets will host a public forum to discuss what the future holds for this controversial tract.

The much-awaited 2017 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Palace will be "breaking ice" on Jan 27! 

Construction was scheduled to begin as early as January 19, but the Ice Palace Workers had to delay until conditions were right to harvest the ice from Lake Flower, transport to shore, and begin assembling the palace according to blueprints. 

Ice Palace Workers building the 2016 Saranac Lake Ice Palace