Saranac Lake Travel Guide

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Saranac Lake Things to Do

  • All Aboard.....

    Adirondack Scenic Railroad.If you like old time trains with steam engines and open-bed cars and fresh air (a bit smoky perhaps) streaming in your face.... then you won't like this at all.These trains are slick modern diesel engines with enclosed cars and picture windows.The scenery you pass is beautiful (especially in the fall with the color...

  • Tupper Lake

    A beautiful, unspoiled lake that offers wonderful boating. This summer, we stayed in a small cabin right on the lake. My cousins have several boats on Tupper Lake, and we spent many hours boating, water skiing, tubing, etc.

  • See Santa

    Not a lot of people in the world know that the North Pole is located in the Adirondacks, but it is. Santa's Workshop is a tourist attraction located in North Pole, New York.Santa's Workshop was one of the country's first theme parks; it opened in 1949. I have vivid memories of visiting several times when I was a kid in the 1950's. There is a "north...

  • On the top of the world looking down on...

    I am one of the little specks at the top of this mountain!There are 46 peaks over 4,000 feet. If you are a hiker, this can become an interesting objective: climb all 46 peaks.The web site below gives information on each of the 46 peaks, the elevations, etc.

  • Whiteface Mountain

    Hike (or drive) to the top for awe-inspiring views; in the winter, this is a prime skiing site-- the slopes of Whiteface Mountain played a key role in the Lake Placid Winter Olympics (Lake Placid is a short drive from Saranac Lake). In the summer, consider the gondola ride-- a 15 minute voyage to the summit of Little Whiteface. For an...

  • Climb Every Mountain

    There are dozens of mountains to conquer. You will continually encounter views that take your breath away.


Saranac Lake Hotels

Saranac Lake Restaurants

  • Old World Charm

    The Lodge at Lake Clear (Hohmeyer's Lake Clear Lodge)What makes this restaurant special? The beauty of the location-- a 100 year old Adirondack Lodge on a beautiful Lake; the charm of the owners; the quality of the food. The lodge also provides beautiful overnight accommodations. Anything and everything-- German food

  • Howard Johnson's (HoJo's!!)

    The menu is extensive but the Food Bar offers up such a high quality of options at such a great price!! Friendly atmoshphere and great service make this one a favorite in my family!! The whole Food Bar!!! Michelob Amber Bach (on tap!!) Hometown brew of Moose Island Ale is fabulous!!!!

  • Casa del sol (mexican) and the...

    Casa del sol (mexican) and the lakeview Deliprices are moderate. the atmosphere is great. tiled floors and low lighting. great fun festive atmophere. especially for small gatherings. a definate favorite amoung the locals who call it simply 'casa'. No credit cards excepted.Lakeview Deil offers homemade soups and sandwiches. The owners are 'always...


Saranac Lake Nightlife

  • Blue Moon Cafe: Light food , Intimate beer and wine

    by Prince1958 Updated Jan 16, 2010

    We spent the night in Saranac Lake unexpectadley last week and happened upon a great little cafe that just started serving at night. We spoke to the owner and found that they had just gotten their beer and wine permit. It's newly remodeled inside and has a great eclectic menu. The food was excellent and the staff was efficient, but very casual.

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Saranac Lake Local Customs

  • Winter Carnival

    The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival is a two-week festival of everything that means winter/snow/cold.110 years of recelebrating winter (2007) has not diminshed the excitement that the townsfolk and visitors feel during the festivities. Parades, King/Queen elections, food vendors get things started. Then you have daily schedule of events: snow-shoe...

  • The Great Camps

    Many of the Adirondack "Camps" (rustic private homes built by the wealthy) still stand. Here is a beautiful example. And new construction on the Adirondack lakes often mirrors this classic style.

  • Adirondack Camp boat house

    Many camps had spectacular boat houses. If you are interested in learning about this unique architectural style, there is a book called "Adirondack Camps: Homes Away From Home, 1850-1950," by Craig Gilborn and Paul Malo.


Saranac Lake Warnings and Dangers

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    crime stats

    by davecallahan Updated Jan 18, 2009

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    The crime statistics for the Saranac Lake show the region to be "below average" for any crime risks. Like many touristy areas, it does have its share of thefts. There is only one sex offender registered for the entire region.
    The only real danger here may come from lack of water safety by tourists. Make sure your kids are protected and your boat is well-equipped.

    To make sure you have a safe and pleasant time in Saranac Lake, just follow a few simple rules. Lock your doors (car and motel room). Put valuables out of sight in a secure place (like the trunk of your car). Act like a native and not like a silly tourist (being inconspicuous makes you less likely to be a target for a criminal). Go to unfamiliar places in a group or at least during the day when other tourists are likely to be around.

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Saranac Lake Tourist Traps

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    "Hike" to see the Falls

    by ExGuyParis Updated Mar 7, 2003

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    Many of the Adirondack’s natural wonders are free. There are scores of waterfalls that you can view if you don’t mind hiking.

    High Falls Gorge, like its cousin Ausable Chasm, charges you to see an impressive piece of the Ausable River. Here, a series of three waterfalls are easily accessed via paths, bridges, and walkways. The three falls— Main, Rainbow, and Climax— are all accessible on a half-mile round-trip walk. I list this as a tourist trap, because it has a lot of those trappings, but the falls are worth seeing.

    The Summer 2003 fee is $8. The falls are also open in the winter; you can rent snowshoes for walking in a winter wonderland.

    High Falls Gorge is 8 miles east of Lake Placid on Route 86, 1/4 mile west of Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

    There is a restaurant, a picnic area, and, of course, a gift shop. Doesn’t everyone need High Falls Gorge bumper sticker?

    Unique Suggestions: Visit the web site:

    Fun Alternatives: If you have the stamina, hike to Rainbow Falls instead ( see the tip in Off the Beaten Path).

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Saranac Lake Off The Beaten Path

  • Rugged Beauty and Adventure

    This is me, working up the courage to jump at the Gulch. I am fortunate to have dozens of cousings who live in the Adirondacks. All have a deep love and appreciation for the beauty of their environment, and they know of countless "secret" places like this, well off the beaten path. My suggestion-- talk with some of the locals and ask them where to...

  • Fall Into the Gulch

    Way off the beaten path... I can't even remember where. Close to Keene, I believe. This spot, called "The Gulch," was a favorite of mine. A chilly, whirling pool of water, a cliff that gave perfect access from above, and a large dose of courage (and/or a youthful sense of indestructibility), added up to a thrilling experience. Here, Henry begins...

  • Hike to Rainbow Falls

    One of my favorite hikes in the Adirondacks is the trail to Rainbow Falls. Along the way you pass the Ausable Club, an impressive old building, and Ausable Lake, a jewel wedged between two mountains. You pass through a beautiful gate, and walk through deep woods. Eventually you find yourself at a spectacular waterfall.Visit the website listed below...


Saranac Lake Sports & Outdoors

  • Saranac Inn Golf

    This is a nicely manicured course that opens from June to October. The fairways are mostly wide open with a few young trees planted for decoration. The course is very hilly and provides a great deal of exercise for those who do not have a cart.from the ads:" The course was designed using the natural terrain to provide a wonderful golfing...

  • Canoe Forever

    The Adirondacks offer a multitude of choices for canoeing. Here , the scenery we experienced last month on a several hour journey.This trip began at the lower dam at Lows Lake, reached via a dirt road off of Rte. 421 (close to Tupper Lake). The Bog River Flow provides seven miles of flatwater paddling, thanks to the construction of two dams in...

  • Saranac Lake Hotels

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Saranac Lake Favorites

  • Go to the heart of the...

    Go to the heart of the village(Berkley Square) and just park and walk.Lots of great shops to browse. Stop at Little Italy for some great food!!! If you feel like a short drive then the Howard Johnson's in Lake Placid is the best deal for the money. Great food and even better atmosphere and service!! My best memory of Saranac is just the beauty of...

  • Hike up Mt. Baker! short hike...

    Hike up Mt. Baker! short hike but beautiful views! Walk through the village, there are great walking paths that can be found on a map at the local Chamber. (town hall).Our village is located right next to Lake Flower. Casa del Sol (mexican) is a favorite amoung the locals, as is the 'bell' or otherwise known as the Belvedere. good food (italian and...

  • Climb Mt. Baker on the Moody...

    Climb Mt. Baker on the Moody Pond road in Saranac Lake...very easy trails to follow, you'll be amazed by the beautiful scenary when you reach the top. My fondest memory is walking in the pitch black and knowing where I am going and not being afraid of whose around the corner. (except of course the boogy man),then getting a custard at the Mt. Mist...


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