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Fill Your Adirondack Winter Bucket List With These 5 Fun Activities

Looking for ways to spend your next winter trip to the Adirondacks? Make the most of winter in the Adirondack Park by adding these five great activities to your bucket list.

1. Attend a Winter Carnival

winter carnival fireworks in old forge
Every winter, you'll find spectacular winter carnivals and festivals held throughout the Adirondacks! These special winter celebrations are some of the most fun events of the entire season, and there is no shortage of them.

From the ice palace in Saranac Lake to the fantastic fireworks display at Old Forge's Winter Carnival, you'll definitely have a memorable time at one of these events.

Photo Credit: Kurt Gardner Photography Inc.

2. Dog Sled Ride

dog sledding dogs
Dog sledding is one activity you must add to your bucket list this winter in the Adirondacks. While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of things to do in the Adirondack Park, you should take advantage of the opportunity.

Some dog sledding options in the Adirondacks include Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours in Lake Placid and the dog sled rides occasionally offered at the Lake George Winter Carnival (schedule changes year by year).


3. Winter Hiking

view of winter landscape from Adirondack peak
Love adventure? Head to the Adirondacks during winter and plan on hiking one of the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks. A view from one of these high peaks is just as breathtaking in winter as it is any other time of the year.

Who knows, this could be the start of your journey to become an Adirondack Winter 46er!

Photo Credit: Torin Moran

4. Winter Camping

person in a winter campsite

Camping is very popular in the Adirondacks, but who says camping is only for warm weather? For those who can't get enough of the outdoors, the best item to include on your bucket list is winter camping in the Adirondacks.

As long as you are prepared, winter camping can be a unique experience in the Adirondack wilderness. You can even combine winter camping with a winter hike, and then cross two items off your bucket list.

Photo Credit: Jamie Sheffield

5. Ice Fishing

ice fishing hole
You haven't enjoyed an Adirondack winter until you've been on a frozen lake or pond with your fishing pole! Ice fishing is a great way to see the beautiful winter scenery, and in the Adirondacks, you'll have no trouble finding a place to go ice fishing.

You can turn ice fishing into a family trip too! Set up a shelter on the ice, bring some hot chocolate, and try to catch a fish together.

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