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Address: 20 Averyville Road, Lake Placid, NY 12866
Phone Number: +1 518-891-3238
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Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking
Description: All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past...
All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station. For more information on departures or for contact information please check out our website.
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Not so scenic

I always enjoy train rides so I really looked forward to this 1 hour journey.I like to enjoy and experience the ride and the views but that was not the case. The rial line had... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2014
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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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Syracuse, New York
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We took the trip from Utica to Thendara and return, which has an approximately 30 minute layover to reverse the locomotives in the fall and the foliage was amazing. We passed through small towns, fields and woods, and the most beautiful streams, ponds and lakes. There is limited space in the baggage car to stand (and sway a little) at... More 

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Inspite of reading the reviews before going there, I thought why not check it out. I was disappointed. The reviews were true to their saying. This ride is not worth at all the money. There were no "Fall season leaves", worth looking at. The entire ride has got trees on both sides blocking the proper view of the actual leaves... More 

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Chatham, New Jersey
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33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We have taken several "Scenic Train" rides.This one falls pretty low on the list. First the good the train was clean, the staff friendly and knowledgeable. The weather was incredible and the fall colors were beginning to pop we were looking forward to a great day. But there are very few vista views, with too many trees to close to... More 

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New York
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

There is nothing exciting about taking a train ride to see some trees and houses. So there is nothing "scenic" about this scenic railroad. Looking for scenic vistas of the gorgeous Adirondacks? Drive to the top of Whiteface Mountain. There has been talk about ripping out the tracks and replacing it with a bike path (no charge to use!). That... More 

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Sullivan County, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Absolutely beautiful scenery. Very inexpensive. Gives a nice chance to see both Saranac Lake area and Lake Placid area. Be sure to see the Robert Louis Stevenson Home while in Saranac Lake!

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Southbridge, Massachusetts
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114 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I always enjoy train rides so I really looked forward to this 1 hour journey.I like to enjoy and experience the ride and the views but that was not the case. The rial line had hired a banjo band to play on the trip, which they did very well, but was not needed by me. That, when added to the... More 

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Kemptville, Ontario
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

This is a relatively expensive trip, but is something different for the kids to do. Please keep in mind that it is all run by volunteers and is meant to be a little bit of train experience for those who don't often get that experience. They have different themed days (like bandit day, where the train is presumably robbed-and Clown... More 

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Riverhead, NY
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47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I really wanted to like this ride. My family took a ride on a similar railroad in Vermont and loved it. This ride, however, was almost all just forest and a few old houses. I think we might have passed a correctional institute at one point. There were one or two pretty areas, but the majority of the trip was... More 

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Setauket, New York
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This train ride is scenic and moves at a relatively slow pace. It stops at the destination for a few minutes and you can get off before it heads back. The younger children liked it while the older ones got a little wrestless.

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

An old fashioned ride to Saranac Lake and back. There is no narration along the ride and unfortunately the bandits did not show up. The kids on board seemed to have a good time anyway.

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Address: 20 Averyville Road, Lake Placid, NY 12866
Phone Number: +1 518-891-3238
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Lake Placid

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