Here’s a sampling of some attractions and day trips:
The Wild Center, Tupper Lake – an interactive Adirondack nature experience
The Remington Museum, Ogdensburg – the largest collection of work by the American artist Frederic Remington
TAUNY, Canton – folk life and culture, plus a great store featuring regional handmade work
Adirondack Experience – a museum of Adirondack history and life, located on Blue Mountain Lake
Old Forge Hardware Store – No kidding. It’s a destination unto itself, but if you want to also do a waterpark experience, Old Forge has one.
You can take in the St. Lawrence River and Thousand Islands on a boat tour from Alexandria Bay, or by visiting the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. There are great day hikes—and, during the winter months, alpine and cross-country skiing–in the Adirondacks, and Lake Placid has some fun Olympics-related attractions. Ottawa and Montreal, plus smaller, quainter Canadian towns, are easy day trips.
If you are an angler, getting a fishing license is easy. There are abundant rivers, streams and lakes with public access and lots of fish.