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Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake, NY 12983
1-(800) 347-1992
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Ranked #2 of 16 attractions in Saranac Lake
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Canoeing
Description: Lake region that was settled in 1819 as a health resort and recreation area for winter and summer sports.
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English first
20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

It was an awesome trip. With temperatures that ranged in the mid 10s and 20s, people from the town cut blocks of ice from the frozen lake to build an Ice Palace. They host sport events and competitions for both kids and adults. We even participated in the inner tube races with an embarrassing 8th place in a 10 people... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I visited here for winter carnival. The carnival was a spectacular way to enjoy the winter weather. We did it all--went snowmobiling, had a bonfire on the ice, visited the ice palace, saw the parade, went to the rotary show, etc. It was so nice to see the town buzzing with activity. It was just a fabulous time! If you've... More

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Queensbury, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

This is a little treasure. We just wanted a little tubing place. I read the reviews and heard people say it was awful. We thought this was a picturesque place and the staff was as friendly as could be. It had a tow for the tubes and was perfect for our four yearnold and even the ten year old had... More

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Saranac Lake, NY
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Let me tell you what ! Besides Christmas, This is the best week of the winter. This year the carnival theme is Celtic. The carnival court float in the parade boasted its 117th annual event. The parade, the games, the fireworks, lots of entertainment fills the 10 day celebration. You should make sure not to miss this. Ck out the... More

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Kendall, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We traveled to Saranac Lake for the opening weekend of the Festival. The ice castle was very impressive ( especially at night ) but after seeing that and the Saturday fireworks display ( also impressive ) there wasn't much else to do. We did go and listen to some Celtic music and also had a quick dinner at the local... More

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Mirabel, Qc
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293 reviews 293 reviews
183 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The area is gorgeous... the lake and the mountains surrounding it are worth a day or more in Saranac Lake. Great place to do some hiking, biking (if you like hills), canoeing, kayaking, etc... Actually, the whole valley is awesome and I recommend you spend some time around here.

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is an amazing little town with a great history. The people are friendly, the food is great and I look forward to my visit every year.

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Tupper Lake, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Saranac Lake pretentiously calls itself the capital of the Adirondacks. It is a nice little town, but nothing special. Locally, it is most noted for the Adirondack Medical Center. It has a few shops that carry over priced merchandise that survive off of tourist dollars. The town does have a few good restaurants, and there are often live musical events.... More

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Dartmouth, Canada
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132 reviews 132 reviews
9 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Driving through New England on a way to Ottawa, we planned to spend a night in Lake Placid, but when we arrived the resort was full of horses (The Annual Lake Placid Horse Show), so we continued on to Saranac Lake the next resort town on the route. This place shows the result when one resort gets a major event... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Atmosphere decrepit and unkempt, as of 1930 is in permanent crisis. It's demoralizing and should be avoided. Just going through the streets we felt the need to leave. Hotel Saranac is like a beautiful lady, elegant, very distinguished ... but is 85 years old, and in all these years has been very poor, has the same old clothes when she... More

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