Has your ski vacation been derailed by the warm weather and lack of snow? If you’re looking for something to do to make the most of your time off, try the following activities…
Photo provided by The Wild Center
1. Get Wild
At The Wild Center, that is! Although the one-of-a-kind attraction in Tupper Lake is normally closed for the season this time of year, it’s offering special holiday hours so Adirondack visitors can have a memorable trip, even without snow. Some of the special programs they have planned for December 26-31 and January 2-3 from 10am – 5pm include guided walks, animal-related events, films, and crafts!
2. Check Out First Night
First Night Saranac Lake is one of the best family-friendly New Year’s events in the Adirondacks! This year’s lineup includes 17 acts and 37 performances followed by a “Snowflake” ball drop and fireworks and midnight.
3. Take The Plunge
Normally temperatures are frigid for the annual Polar Plunges in Lake George, Speculator, and Long Lake, but this year they’ll be relatively warm (in the 30s, according to the long-range forecast). There’s no better year for you to take part in this New Year’s tradition!
4. Search For Treasure
Have you ever been geocaching before? It’s a fun, easy activity that only requires a GPS device and a sense of adventure! Sign up for a free account at www.geocaching.com, and start searching for the thousands of geocaches in the Adirondacks.
5. Make Your Own Scavenger Hunt
Both kids and adults will be entertained by a fun scavenger hunt! You could create clues that lead to physical objects, or bits of information that searchers have to piece together. You could even make it educational by collecting information from historic markers located throughout the region. Search the historic marker database and uncover stories from the Adirondacks’ past, like Teddy Roosevelt’s Midnight Ride!