THERE ARE LOTS of things to do in the North Country and southern Ontario. Here are selected day trips in the region.
ADIRONDACK FISH HATCHERY, 103 Fish Hatchery Rd., Lake Clear, state fish hatchery raises land-locked, Atlantic salmon, 518-891-3358, www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/21664.html.
ADIRONDACK MENNONITE HERITAGE FARM, 8778 Erie Canal Rd., Croghan, a historical farm recognized by the National and State Registries of Historic Places and built by the Moser brothers who settled in Lewis County in the 1830s. The property consists of an 1840s Greek Revival style house, two 1874 barns, granary, and garage. Today the farm is run as a historical learning center dedicated to the preservation of Mennonite faith and culture and the way of life of Lewis County farmers. (315) 346-1122, www.mennoniteheritagefarm.com
ADIRONDACK MUSEUM, Museum’s exhibits and programs tell the stories of how people have lived, worked, played and traveled in the Adirondack region since the early 1800s. Twenty buildings on 32 acres of grounds and gardens, 22 engaging indoor and outdoor exhibits, historic buildings, incredible collections, great gardens, magnificent views, and on-going programs and special events offer a variety of interesting activities for the whole family. Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, 518-352-7311, www.adirondackmuseum.org.
ADIRONDACK PARK VISITOR INTERPRETIVE CENTER, 8023 Route 30, Paul Smiths, 518-327-6241, www.adirondackvic.org, a 6.5-mile interpretive trail system with signs explaining the ecology, summer hiking, cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, exhibits of Adirondack history.
ADIRONDACK SCENIC RAILROAD, destinations from Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Old Forge and Utica, www.adirondackrr.com. Experience the golden age of railroading, a time when the Adirondack line played host to the rich and famous on their way to their great camps. Check the website for schedules, toll free 1-800-819-2291 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AKWESASNE MOHAWK CASINO RESORT, 873 State Route 37, Akwesasne, open 24 hours seven days a week, hundreds of exciting gaming machines, dozens of table games, native harvest buffet, Pair-A-Dice lounge, gift shops, buses welcome, 1-877-99CASINO or www.mohawkcasino.com .
ALMANZO WILDER HOMESTEAD, 177 Stacy Rd., Burke, near Malone, home of Farmer Boy, real life character of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House book, store, museum, 518-483-1207, www.almanzowilderfarm.com.
AMERICAN MAPLE MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME, 9756 State Rte. 812, Croghan; artifacts and maple syrup manufacturing equipment, logging tools, antiques; 346-1107; http://www.americanmaplemuseum.org/ .
ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM, 750 Mary St., Clayton, www.abm.org, Over 200 antique freshwater boats, motors, and engines. Boat building classes, boat shows, speedboat rides. 315-686-2775.
AUSABLE CHASM, 2144 Route 9, Ausable Chasm, 518-834-7454, wonders, nature trails, scenic vistas, rafting, kayaking, tubing www.ausablechasm.com.
BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE BOAT LIVERY, Rte. 28, Blue Mountain Lake scenic boat trip, 1916 wooden launches, tours, rentals, instructions, sailing, canoeing, camping, 518-352-7351, www.boatlivery.com/index.html.
BOLDT CASTLE, on Heart Island, Alexandria Bay, www.boldtcastle.com. Accessible by boat, 120 room Rhineland castle belonging to George Boldt, begun as a gift for his wife, but abandoned at her untimely death. Undergoing magnificent restoration. 482-9724 or 482-2501.
CHATEAUGAY FISH HATCHERY, 134 Fish Hatchery Rd., off Route 11, Chateaugay, lake, brook, rainbow and brown trout. Free. 518-497-6151, www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/21664.html.
CLAYTON OPERA HOUSE, performance and community center, 405 Riverside Drive, Clayton, 686-2200. Variety of performances throughout the summer season. www.claytonoperahouse.com,
DOBISKY VISITOR'S CENTER, 100 Riverside Ave., Ogdensburg; nestled along the banks of the St. Lawrence River with a boater's lounge with showers and laundry facilities, meeting rooms that hold over 100 people, a large roofed outdoor deck, kitchen area, food and beverage concessions and handicap accessible restrooms. There is a marina, gazebo, "Kids Kingdom Park," tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard park, pool, entrance for Maple City Recreation Trial - all within walking distance from the Dobisky Visitor's Center; 393-1980. www.ogdensburg.org/facilities/facility/details/Dobisky-Visitors-Center-8
ENCHANTED FOREST/WATER SAFARI, 3183 Route 28, Old Forge, www.watersafari.com. Over fifty water rides and attractions including "Tidal Wave Pool" and the "Amazon," a family river ride. 369-6145.
EVANS MILLS SPEEDWAY, 28412 Steinhelber Rd., Evans Mills. 777-7980 or www.facebook.com/Evans-Mills-Speedway-341227299259087/.
FORT HENRY, KINGSTON ONTARIO Both museum and spectacular historic site of 19th Century British military fortress. Experience the realm of 19th Century military life, guided tours, performances and demonstrations. www.forthenry.com. 1 Fort Henry Dr., off County Rte. 2, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 1-(613)-542-7388.
FREDERIC REMINGTON ART MUSEUM, 303 Washington St., Ogdensburg; over 2,500 Remington-related items including oil paintings, bronze sculptures, published works, letters, journals, photographs, studies, watercolors, sketches, more; info: fredericremington.org/, 393-2425.
FORT TICONDEROGA, 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, (518) 585-2821. Historical renactments of battles from Seven Years' War and American Revolution, overlooking Lake Champlain. Museum, costumed interpreters, musket demonstrations, gardens, museum store, restaurant, picnic grounds. www.fort-ticonderoga.org
GREAT CAMP SAGAMORE, 4 miles south off Route 28, Raquette Lake. Adirondack Great Camp, former summer of Alfred Vanderbilt family, built in 1897 by William West Durant. 27 buildings, tours, courses, retreats, 354-5311 or 240-7568. www.sagamore.org
JOHN BROWN FARM STATE HISTORIC SITE, 115 John Brown Rd., Lake Placid. Home and burial site of famed abolitionist leader of 1850 raid on National Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va. 518-523-3900, nysparks.state.ny.us/historic-sites/29/details.aspx
JONESEY’S RIVERSIDE RANCH, 9266 NYS Hwy. 37, Ogdensburg. Rocky Mountain Elk roam, animals available for petting, pony rides, hay rides; call for times and more info, 393-0401 or JoneseysRiversideRanch.com
LAKE PLACID OLYMPIC SITE, Lake Placid-Wilmington area, 1932 and 1980 Olympic Museum and Hall of Fame, video highlights, uniforms, equipment, Olympic ski jump complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports complex. (518) 523-1655 or www.whiteface.com/facilities.
MINNA ANTHONY COMMON NATURE CENTER, 44927 Cross Island Rd., Fineview exit 51 off I-81 near Alexandria Bay; bird walks, cross country skiing, trails, fishing. 482-2479 or http://nysparks.com/environment/nature-centers/2/details.aspx
MOHAWK INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY NYS Hwy. 37, Hogansburg. May through September, modifieds, pro-stocks, semi-pros, bandits, slick track enduro www.facebook.com/MIRtrack
NEW YORK STATE ZOO AT THOMPSON PARK, 1 Thompson Park, Watertown. Dedicated to New York’s wild animals and wild places, black bears, wolverines, Adirondack fire trail. 782-6180, www.nyszoo.org/
OGDENSBURG COMMAND PERFORMANCES, 1100 State St., Ogdensburg; entetainment productions; info or upcoming schedule: 393-2625 or www.ILoveTheatre.org
OLD MCDONALD’S CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, North Harbor Rd., 14471 County Rte. 145, Sackets Harbor. Children’s farm animal village with Wizard of Oz hayride, mini-golf, pick pumpkins, visit animals, 583-5737; www.OldMcDonaldHasAFarm.com
RAQUETTE LAKE NAVIGATION COMPANY, Raquette Lake, boat tours, cruise and dine, scenic excursions, moonlight cruises, fall foliage, camps of J.P. Morgan, Vanderbilt and Huntington, private charters. 354-5532 or www.raquettelakenavigation.com
SANTA’S WORKSHOP, Off Route 83, Wilmington. Alpine village with Santa Claus, helpers, live reindeer, animal park, storybook characters, children’s rides, crafts, musical shows, (518) 946-2211 or www.northpoleny.com
SCI-TECH CENTER OF NORTHERN NEW YORK, 154 Stone St., Watertown. Hands-on science center, more than 40 interactive exhibits, specialty art classes and programs, school tours, birthday parties. 788-1340 or www.scitechcenter.org
SINGER CASTLE ON DARK ISLAND Chippewa Bay on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Frederick G. Bourne of New York City (a contemporary of George Boldt) had this castle built as a hunting retreat for his family. Italian stonecutters cut granite to shape this 3-story, 28-room castle with a 5-story clock tower and elaborate boathouse. Boat tours are offered from Chippewa Bay by Schermerhorn Harbor Shuttle, 324-5966 and from Alexandria Bay by Uncle Sam Boat Tours, 482-2611. Charter group tours can also be arranged. Info: 1-877-327-5475, or www.singercastle.com
SIX FLAGS GREAT ESCAPE AND SPLASHWATER KINGDOM, Route 9, Lake George. Over 135 rides, shows, and attractions. 518-792-3500 or www.sixflags.com/greatEscape/index.aspx
STONE MILLS AGRICULTURAL MUSEUM, 30950 Route 180, LaFargeville. Museum telling the development of the agricultural industry in Northern, NY, historical materials relating to farm and farmhouse in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Lewis & Oswego Counties. 658-2353 or stonemillsmuseum.org
THOUSAND ISLANDS ARTS CENTER, 314 John St., Clayton, formerly the Handweaving Museum & Art Center, preservation and promotion of traditional arts and handcrafts, Handweaving Museum, gallery exhibits, craft shows, gift shop, pottery classes, events. 686-4123 or www.tiartscenter.org
THOUSAND ISLANDS LAND TRUST (TILT), 135 John St., Clayton, non-profit organization working to conserve the natural beauty, diverse wildlife habitats, water quality and outdoor recreation opportunities of the 1000 Islands region. TILT conserves over 8,200 acres of land, including picturesque preserves and over 30 miles of trails that are open to the public, year-round. An annual series of TILTreks, TeenTreks, KidsTreks and TILTKids Camp invites participants to "get out on the land" and and TILT's community events help fund our conservation projects. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Info: 686-5345, info@TILandTrust.org, www.TILandTrust.org
UNCLE SAM BOAT TOURS, 45 James St., Alexandria Bay. Tours of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Thousand Islands. For departure times: 482-9611, www.usboattours.com
UPPER CANADA VILLAGE Authentic buildings comprise this village from the 1860's. Period costuming and activities capture the seasons and cycles of rural village life. 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada. (613)543-4328 or www.uppercanadavillage.com
WATER SLIDE WORLD, exit 21 off I-87, 2136 Rte. 9, Lake George. Wave pool, 35 water slides, volleyball. 518-668-4407, www.waterslideworld.net
WHITE PINE CAMP TOUR, White Pine Road, Paul Smiths, guided walking tour of historic Adirondack Great Camp, served as summer White House in 1926 for Pres. Calvin Coolidge, public tours on Saturdays in July and August. Info, reservations: 518-327-3030 or www.whitepinecamp.com
WHITEFACE MOUNTAIN MEMORIAL HIGHWAY, Wilmington, Panoramic views of the Adirondack High Peaks, along a five-mile toll road, elevator to top, historic toll house, castle and tunnel. 518-946-2223.
THE WILD CENTER A 31-acre campus in Tupper Lake featuring live exhibits, hiking and naturalist guides. There are theaters with high definition films, hands-on nature, hundreds of live animals from rare native trout, to river otters, to turtles the size of walnuts and many other often hard-to-see residents of the woods and waters. Info: 518-359-7800 or www.wildcenter.org
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