Adirondack Park, New York – Family Friendly Staycation Ideas

The Adirondack Park in New York State is not your typical state park where a large chunk of land was preserved from development. Rather, the Adirondacks region is an intermix of private and public land that has resulted in charming mountain villages dotted all along the scenic highways. The region is full of hiking trails, lakes, and campsites. Below are a few family friendly and affordable ideas to help you plan your trip.

Adirondak Park, New York - Family Friendly Staycation Ideas


New York State Department of Environmental Conservation operates campgrounds throughout the Adirondack Park.  The DEC website provides maps, schedule, and rules for both established and primitive camping.  Site specific reservations are available through the DEC website.


We have found some of the most amazing hikes hidden away in unexpected places while trying to find geocache treasures. We use a hand held GPS since we do not own a smart phone, but you can use the geocache app to get started very inexpensively. Use the website to plan hikes suited to your family’s ability.

The Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack Museum tells the story of the Adirondack region through research, collections, and classes.  The campus features 22 modern exhibition galleries and historic buildings.  The artifacts on display include regional art, historic structures, and vehicles used through out the region.  There is the Lake View Cafe providing a variety of options for you to purchase food or you can bring your own and eat in the picnic area.

Lake Placid

Home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games, a trip to Lake Placid will allow you to visit the Olympic Museum and venues through the village.  There are also extensive hiking and biking trails surrounding Lake Placid and unique gifts available on Main Street.

Old Forge Region

This is our favorite place to begin our adventures.  Downtown Old Forge has many shops and restaurants to explore within walking distance of each other.  Paid attraction options include the McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift, Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and the Enchanted Forest Water Safari park.

The WILD Center

Located in the geographic center of Adirondack Park, the WILD center is a not for profit organization that showcases and studies the unique relationship in the region due to the way small towns and communities are intermixed with wild expanses.  Admission includes access to the 31 acre campus, high definition films, hands-on activities and live animals.

Are you planning a vacation in another region of the country?  Tomorrow I will have a list of  over 90 other blogger who have written guides for cities and regions in their local area.

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  • Janet

    I absolutely love the idea of a staycation! I have heard there are tons of fun things to do in NYC. You never know what you are going to find in your own backyard.

  • Glenn

    I support the idea of teaching children more about the nature and the wildlife. You have a very interesting article !