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Family Weekend Getaway Guides

Family Weekend Getaway Guides

If you are considering a family weekend getaway that keeps everyone entertained, there is no better place to travel than to Old Forge, NY in the Adirondacks. Below are just some of the many activities the hamlet offers!

Enchanted Forest Water Safari 

An image of the Shadow waterslides at Enchanted Forest Water Safari. The Shadow slides are green and partially enclosed tubes. The twist around the red stair structure and end in a pool at the bottom. Behind the slides are a blue and brown building. In the front left corner of the image is a blue and white umbrella.

Open mid-June through Labor Day, New York’s Largest Water Theme Park has been a family fun staple in the Adirondacks for decades. Admission into the park gives you access to over 50 rides and attractions including 32 heated water rides, and access to shows and activities in the park. While you are there, do not forget to take a picture with “Tall Paul” – the 19-foot high statue of giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan!

















Calypso’s Cove

Calypsos Cove Go Carts with a male young adult going around the corner in his blue go cart

Located right next door to Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Calypso’s Cove offers families afternoon and evening fun! With go-karts, zip lining, arcade games, great food and so much more, everyone is destined to have a great time at Calypso’s Cove! Head on over after some fun in the sun at Water Safari or make it a separate trip!

McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift

Chairlift view of a blue lake and fall foliage

Great views are what make the Adirondacks such a memorable place to visit. While you are here, be sure to head up the McCauley Mountain Scenic Chairlift to enjoy the breathtaking views of the historic Fulton Chain of Lakes. Open from late June to the beginning of October, you might even get a chance to see Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy if it is a clear day! 

Old Forge Lake Cruises

green grass leading up to the lake where there are boats docked behind the boats the lake is blue leading up to trees that are lush and green

All aboard the Clearwater, Old Forge Lake Cruises’ signature vessel for a sightseeing voyage. Located right next to Water’s Edge Inn, across the street from Calypso’s Cove, this excursion is 2 hours and follows a historic steamboat route that starts at Old Forge Pond goes to Forth Lake all the way around Alger Island State Campground and back. Check out their website for more info on what the cruises offer! 

View Arts 

A statue of a moose that has many different patterns all over its body and the View Art center is in the background

Add an artistic twist to your family weekend getaway by heading over to View Arts for a premier arts experience! Check out a performance, or activate your creative side by taking a workshop. View offers workshops in fine arts, pottery, basketry and much more! If getting creative is not your thing, stop by their unique gift shop for handmade gifts!

Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company (MOSC)

Lovely image of a canoe on the bank of Moose River in the woods with pine trees all around.

Immerse yourself in the Adirondacks by exploring the lakes and rivers in the Old Forge area. Whether you are looking for a leisurely 3-hour paddle on the Moose River, a day or weekly rentals or even a multi-day trip along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, MOSC will set you up with education, details, and the gear for you and your group. Buy or rent, go out on your own or follow their tour – your trip is up to you.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad

The Adirondack scenic railroad on a bridge over water with boulders sticking out on a sunny day with green trees in the background

Since 1992 The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society in Upstate New York has been operating the former New York Central line thru the Adirondacks. Create lasting memories on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad with their various scenic excursions to choose from. Chugging out of the Thendara Train Station, the rail line offers many different train ride excursions; take a ride with Princesses and Superheroes, be entertained by the Loomis Gang Train Robbery, learn Hobo Code on the Hobo days ride, or sit back and relax with the Beer and Wine Train. Did we mention they even have a ride to the North Pole in the winter time?! For more information, see their website below:

All the little shops on Main Street

The outside of a shop in the Adirondacks

With all of the specialty shops and restaurants on Main Street in Old Forge, NY, you can shop ‘till you drop and then grab a delicious bite to eat afterward! Check out all the unique Adirondack treasures each shop has to offer – there is guaranteed to be something for everyone! When you are shopped out, dine in at one of the many staple restaurants on Main Street. 

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