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Frosty Fun Awaits: Enjoy Southern Adirondack Winter Activities During Presidents' Day Weekend

If you are looking for something fun to do during Presidents' Day weekend, then plan an escape to the Adirondack Park! There are a variety of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, whether it is downhill skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, or even visiting a top winter attraction. Check out our list of southern Adirondack winter activities that will keep you entertained over the long weekend.

Illuminating the Night in Lake George

Lake George Winter's Dream is one of the newest attractions lighting up the night for locals and visitors in the southern Adirondacks. This is a multimedia experience that features a series of installations that will keep your imagination alive.

The highly interactive and immersive attraction is taking place at the Fort William Henry Historic Fortress. Lake George Winter's Dream opened in December 2023 and plans on operating through March 2024.

Note: Some time slots are expected to sell out, so be sure to secure your tickets today!


Hit the Slopes on Gore Mountain

Want to hit the slopes over Presidents' Day weekend? Head on over to Gore Mountain! With plenty of snow in the forecast and colder temperatures, this makes for the perfect outing.

Gore is a fantastic winter destination that offers downhill skiing, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing too at their Nordic Center. Take in the views of the surrounding Adirondack peaks as you explore the terrain over the long weekend.

This Adirondack ski resort also provides lessons for people to learn about skiing or snowboarding if you may be starting out. Options include season-long programs, private lessons, and lessons for kids as well. With more snow on the mountain, this might be the best opportunity to try something new.


Have a Blast Riding in a Snow Tube

Who said that the slopes were only reserved for skiing or snowboarding? Snow tubing is a very fun and exciting experience for families. Located in the foothills of the southern Adirondacks, West Mountain in Queensbury is an excellent choice. Tickets for their snow tubing park are available online.

If you want to go farther north into the region, there are two more fantastic options, but you are required to bring your own snow tube. One of these places is Dynamite Hill in Chestertown. There is no admission fee, and it is a great time for the family.

The second option is the Lake George Rec Center. It is recommended to bring kids that are five years and older, as the hill is quite steep. Pack a helmet for younger kids to keep them safe as they ride down the slopes.


Take a Scenic Tour of Natural Stone Bridge & Caves

Discover your next outdoor adventure at the nearby Natural Stone Bridge & Caves in Pottersville. Home to the largest marble cave entrance in the East, this is a great place for snowshoeing. Being open throughout the winter season, there will be plenty of time to explore with friends or family.

A trip to Natural Stone Bridge & Caves will be full of winter fun as you check out their 14.5 miles of snowshoe trails. Self-guided snowshoe tours are available during select dates, including Presidents' Week from February 19-23, 2024.


Go on a Sleigh Ride in the Woods

Experience a magical sleigh ride through the woods with Circle B Ranch this winter. Located in Chestertown, the Boggia family has been letting customers enjoy their winter wonderland since 1961, offering sleigh rides in the winter, and horseback riding in the summer.

There are both group sleigh rides and private sleigh rides. You can book a ride with family, friends, or your significant other. They supply their customers with blankets to endure the cold while soaking up the beauty of winter. Although it's not Christmas anymore, who says you have to stop dashing through the snow?


Travel Through the Adirondacks on a Snowmobile

Have you ever wanted to explore the Adirondack region on a snowmobile? Now is the time for that opportunity! At C+C Adirondack Snowmobile Tours, they have cultivated 40+ years of experience hitting the trails. With different areas of expertise, they offer riding that is suited to beginners up to more advanced riders.

C+C Adirondack Snowmobile Tours is located in the Vacation House at the Loon Lake RV Park in Chestertown. With tours being customized to suit the needs of different experience levels, they supply customers with helmets and snowmobiles.

Take on a tour that varies from one to two hours. If you'd like, they offer dinner tours and customized tours too!


Find Solitude Through Cross-Country Skiing

If you want to check out the snowy woods, then consider a cross-country skiing trip. At Lapland Lake, you can buy day passes or order them online to enjoy their amazing ski trails. Lessons are available for adults and kids who are just starting out, as well as rentals.

Lapland Lake is located in Northville, and they offer snowshoeing, ice skating, and kick sledding too. If you are curious about the snowy conditions in Northville, Lapland updates this weekly on their website. Create your perfect weekend and head to Lapland Lake for great winter memories in the Adirondacks!


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