Day trips

THERE ARE LOTS of day trips  available in the North Country and southern Ontario regions. Visit websites to confirm details as schedules may be altered depending on time of year. 

ADIRONDACK FISH HATCHERY, 103 Fish Hatchery Rd., Lake Clear, state fish hatchery raises land-locked, Atlantic salmon, 518-891-3358, 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, mennoniteheritagefarm.com

ADIRONDACK EXPERIENCE: THE MUSEUM ON BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE: 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, theadkx.org

PAUL SMITH'S VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, a 6.5-mile interpretive trail system with signs explaining the ecology, summer hiking, cross country skiing, snow-shoeing, exhibits of Adirondack history; Open weekends 9am-5pm, and starting the end of May open seven days a week 9am-5pm.518-327-6241; https://www.paulsmithsvic.org

AKWESASNE MOHAWK CASINO RESORT, 873 State Route 37, Akwesasne, slot machines and live action table games, Cedars Coffee, Maple Steak & Ale, The Tavern, Sticks Sports Book & Grill, hotel and gift shop, Opening hours vary. For info: 1-877-99CASINO or 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; Open starting end of May with regula walk-in tour times 10am, 12 noon, 2pm. For more info  email farm@almanzowilderfarm.com. call 518-483-1207, almanzowilderfarm.com

AMERICAN MAPLE MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME, 9756 State Rte. 812, Croghan; artifacts and maple syrup manufacturing equipment, logging tools, antiques; 315-346-1107; http://www.americanmaplemuseum.org/ 

ANTIQUE BOAT MUSEUM, 750 Mary St., Clayton;  Over 300 antique freshwater boats, motors, and engines. Boat building classes, boat shows, speedboat rides. 315-686-4104, abm.org

AUSABLE CHASM, 2144 Route 9, Ausable Chasm; "Little Grand Canyon of the East" with its nature trails, scenic vistas, rafting, kayaking, tubing, rock climbing, rappeling, and campground with bike rails; trails open year round, rafting end of May-mid-October; variety of tour packages, for info: 518-834-7454, 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, https://boatlivery.com/

BOLDT CASTLE, on Heart Island, Alexandria Bay; In St. Lawrence River's 1,000 Islands; Accessible by boat tours or private boats; 120 room Rhineland castle belonging to George Boldt, begun as a gift for his wife, but abandoned at her untimely death. Undergoing magnificent restoration; Open in May-mid-October, 315-482-9724 or 315-482-2501; boldtcastle.com

CHATEAUGAY FISH HATCHERY, 134 Fish Hatchery Rd., off Route 11, Chateaugay, lake, brook, rainbow and brown trout. Free. 518-497-6151, dec.ny.gov/outdoor/21664.html

CLAYTON OPERA HOUSE, 403 Riverside Drive, Clayton, Performance and community center, Variety of performances throughout the summer season, 315-686-2200; claytonoperahouse.com

ENCHANTED FOREST/WATER SAFARI, 3183 Route 28, Old Forge; Over fifty water rides, amusement rides, and otjer attractions, including Tidal Wave Pool, The Amazon family river ride, Storybook Lane, and petting zoo; Open mid-June- beginning of Sept; 315-369-6145; watersafari.com

EVANS MILLS SPEEDWAY, 28412 Steinhelmer Rd., Evans Mills; stock car racing Saturday nights, May-Oct. (315) 323-6033 or facebook.com/Evans-Mills-Speedway-341227299259087/

FORT HENRY, 1 Fort Henry Dr., off County Rte. 2, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; 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;  Open mid May- mid Oct.; 1-800-437-2233, forthenry.com

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; Open year round, days and hours vary; Info: 315-393-2425.; fredericremington.org/

FORT TICONDEROGA, 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga; 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; Open May-Oct.; (518) 585-2821, 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, 315-354-5311; sagamore.org

HAWKINS POINT VISITORS CENTER, 21 Hawkins Point Road, Massena; Free admission operated by New York Power Authority, state-of-the-art exhibits and panoramic views of St. Lawrence River and NYPA's St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, interactive displays and hands-on learning about energy, electricity and the North Country, Barnhart Island, Massena. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through Columbus Day, Open 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the rest of the year. Info: 315-764-6679 http://www.nypa.gov/communities/visitors-centers/hawkins-point

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; https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/29/details.aspx

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 with gondola and zipline rides;, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports complex with Cliffside Coaster and Bobsled Experience; For more info an opening hours: https://www.lakeplacid.com/do/activities/olympic-sites

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; Open 9am-3pm year round; 315-482-2479 or https://www.macnaturecenter.com/

MOHAWK INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY NYS Hwy. 37, Hogansburg. May through September, modifieds, pro-stocks, semi-pros, bandits, slick track enduro, 518-358-1033;     facebook.com/MIRtrack or http://mohawkintlraceway.com/2018-racing-schedule/

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; Admission fee; Open May-Oct. daily 10am-5pm; Nov-March  weekends 11am-3pm, April weekends 10am-5pm ; For info: 315-782-6180, nyszoo.org/

NICANDRI NATURE CENTER, 19 Robinson Bay Rd., Massena, in Robert Moses State Park, Indoor and outdoor facility with exhibits and programs designed to promote respect for the environment through exploration, education, and outdoor recreation; free cross-country ski/snowshoe rentals and guided lessons; Open summer 9am-5pm daily; Rest of year open Wed-Sun 9am-5pm; Free admission; 315-705-5022; massenanaturecenter.com

NORTH COUNTRY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, 10 Raymond Street, Potsdam; A cultural and educational center with hands-on learning; Exhibits celebrate the cultural and geographic resources of the North Country and provide opportunities for children and their families to play and learn together; Changing programs and activities daily; Open Wed-Sun 10am-5pm; Admission fee; 315-274-9380; northcountrychildrensmuseum.org

OGDENSBURG COMMAND PERFORMANCES, 1100 State St., Ogdensburg; entertainment productions; info or upcoming schedule: 315-393-2625 or www.ILoveTheatre.org

OLD MCDONALD’S CHILDREN’S VILLAGE, North Harbor Rd., 14369 County Rte. 145, Sackets Harbor. Children’s farm animal village with Wizard of Oz hayride, mini-golf, pick pumpkins, visit animals;Open mid-May-Oct. Opening hours vary with the month; For info: 315-583-5737; 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. 315-354-5532 or  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: Open daily 10am-4:30pm from end of June to early Sept; Days open vary Sept-Dec. For more info: (518) 946-2211 or 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; Hours vary during year; For more info: 315-788-1340 or scitechcenter.org

SINGER CASTLE ON DARK ISLAND Chippewa Bay on the St. Lawrence Seaway; Frederick G. Bourne 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, 315-324-5966 and from Alexandria Bay by Uncle Sam Boat Tours, 315-482-2611; Charter group tours can also be arranged. Info: 1-877-327-5475, or singercastle.com

SIX FLAGS GREAT ESCAPE, Route 9, Lake George; Over 135 amusement rides, including thrill, family, kid and water rides, live shows, and other attractions; 518-792-3500 or https://www.sixflags.com/greatescape

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. 315-658-2353 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; Arts Center open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; Finders Keepers Store open Wed-Sat 10am-4pm; 315-686-4123 or 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; 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 conservation projects. Info: 315-686-5345, info@TILandTrust.org, www.TILandTrust.org

UNCLE SAM BOAT TOURS, 45 James St., Alexandria Bay. Tours of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Thousand Islands, including Boldt Castle and Singer Castle; Also luncheon and dinner cruises,  private charters; For more info: info@usboattours.com. For departure times:315-482-2611,  https://www.usboattours.com/

UPPER CANADA VILLAGE, 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada; Living Hisotry Museum with over 40 authentic buildings in this village from the 1860's. Period costuming and activities capture the seasons and cycles of rural village life. Open daily during main season mid May-mid Sept , April-Sept. wallking tours with varying opening hours, for more info: 1-800-437-2233 or uppercanadavillage.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; whiteface.com/facilities 

THE WILD CENTER, 45 Museum Dr., Tupper Lake;  81-acres of outdoors, a 54,000-square-foot museum; Wild Walk with an elevated trail across the treetops, and hands-on everything; Theater with high definition films; Live animals including river otters, turtles, and native trout, guided canoe paddles;  Admission fee; Info: 518-359-7800; Info: 518-359-7800 or wildcenter.org

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