Living history is alive in the Adirondacks

Long Lake and Raquette Lake are central to unique cultural institutions that are must visit destinations on any trip to the Adirondacks.  The Adirondack Experience, Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is a destination that should be part of any visit to our region.  Plan a full day, if not two.  There is a lot to take in and experience at this exciting venue.

Raquette Lake is also the notorious birthplace of Great Camps Architecture as developed by William West Durant.  His visionary estates were working towns preserved as glamorous rustic architecture, connecting man to nature in its most organic setting, the woods.  Explore the history and nature of the Adirondacks at these critically acclaimed instititions.  Must visit when here and multiple times!  Great for all ages.

The Wild Center at Tupper Lake:

Explore The Wild Center and its new Wild Walk—an elevated trail across the Adirondack treetops. Find new ways to connect with nature through outdoor experiences like iForest and guided paddling trips, and explore a 54,000-square-foot museum with live animals and hands-on everything.

The Wild Center is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.

Located in Tupper Lake, the Wild Center is geared for families and is loaded with information about the science of our natural surrounding and their inhabitants.

The Wild Center, and its new Wild Walk—an elevated trail across the treetops—is an all-day attraction, including 81-acres of outdoors, a 54,000-square-foot museum with movies and live animals, guided canoe paddles, and hands-on everything.

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The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake:

Blue Mountain Lake’s “Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake”,  is a treasure trove of exhibits, interactive activities and special events.

“Life in the Adirondacks,” is now open.  This exhibit is a 19,000-square-foot interactive experience that will serve as every visitor’s starting point. It will combine the latest digital technology with real hands-on experiences to bring the spirit of adventure and breathtaking natural beauty of the Adirondacks to life.  This melding of real Adirondack artifacts with modern-day technology will set the standard for additions and upgrades at the Adirondack Experience going forward.

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Great Camp Sagamore:

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Great Camp Sagamore is located in Raquette Lake, NY. Our 27 authentic National Historic Landmark designated buildings were the wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. We are open to the public for accommodations and tours (video) from Memorial Day until mid-October. Check for availability for a relaxing weekend, retreat, family event or an Exploritas (formerly Elderhostel) course. Our Grands Camp sessions in summer are nationally acclaimed.

Dedicated to the enjoyment of education, interpretation & historic preservation, Great Camp Sagamore is not a hotel, it is a bit of history. Register today to win a free weekend ‘Simply Sagamore Stay’.

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Saint Williams Long Point – Raquette Lake:

A magical place located on the beautiful shores of Raquette Lake in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. We boast a William West Durant, known as the father of Great Camp architecture, historic church landmark from 1890 and a period store that has been renovated into a rental house.

St. William’s Long Point is a not-for-profit, cultural and retreat center. The facilities are accessible by boat only.

On Thursday evenings through out July and August historical and musical programs are enjoyed.

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On Thursday evenings through out July and August historical and musical programs are enjoyed.

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Six New York State Historic Markers were awarded to the Town of Long Lake
funded by a grant from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation for the New York State Historic Marker Program.

The six signs were awarded to commemorate four locations in Raquette Lake including the Raquette Lake Rail Bed, Raquette Lake Hotel, Raquette Lake Train Station and the Raquette Lake General Store and Supply.  The sign in Long Lake will commemorate W.W. Durant’s Buttercup Steamboat which was deliberately sunk in 1885 and recovered in 1959 and a marker at the Long Lake Town Beach to commemorate a historical visit by noted landscape painter Thomas Cole.