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“Relaxing Way to Spend the Day” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
321 Main Street, Union Station, Utica, NY 13501
+1 800-819-2291
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Owner description: 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 on departures or for contact information please check out our website.
Horseheads, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Relaxing Way to Spend the Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I would recommend this trip, especially if you get the tickets on Groupon. The train ride was a calming way to spend a few hours. Old Forge is a fun town to walk through, and 3.5 hours was plenty of time for that. Only downside was, we wanted to do the scenic char lift, only to discover it is not within walking distance (which we discovered after walking a mile out of downtown), and a shuttle could not be found.

Visited August 2013
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Ghaziabad, India
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“A trip thru the greenary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

I took a trip with Adirondack Scenic railway lastlastweeklastlastweekend and it was wonderful. Tickets are $37.50 per adult and $27.50 per child fron 2-12. kids below 2 rides free. The tickets were worth the price. It includes a to and fro ride in the Adirondack train from Union Station Utica, NY to Thendara station near Old Forge.l thru the scenic rail way, transfer from Thendara station to Old Forge, transfer to the McCauley Mountain Chair lift ride, Old Forge Cruise ride... The train was beautiful. There are open places from where you can enjoy the scenary. Food/ drinks are available in the train. You can have lunch at Down town Old Forge. There are many restaurants available. The only con about the whole trip is that the layover time feels less... because there are different things to enjoy... For a lazy one day vacation, this trip is perfect.. trains are avaiable evrty day at 9.30 am from Utica Union station. It reaches Thendara around 11.30 am. Old Forge Cruise operates at 1.00 pm. The trwin stsrts back for Utica around 4.30 pm and reaches by 6.30 pm. Me and my wife enjoyed it. My kid was really happy....

Visited August 2013
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Binghamton, New York, United States
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“Wonderful Family Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My husband surprised me with this family day trip. My 3 year old and 10 month old LOVED the train ride. The Conductor and all the staff were lovely and very kind. There were lots of attractions to see before our relaxing journey stopped at Thendara Station in Old Forge. A shuttle bus (school bus) took us into town and there were so many fun things to do. There was plenty of shopping and if you go in the summer bring a bathing suit there is a lovely clean beach to swim at. My family loved this trip. I hope this rail line keeps bringing people out to Thendara and beyond!

Visited April 2013
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Pembroke, Canada
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“Great Weekend with friends”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Four of us took part in the wine and beer tasting ride on friday night, then took the trip to Big Moose on saturday. We had lunch at the railway station in Big Moose. We enjoyed the interaction with the volunteers on the trip. We hope this rail line is preserved because in the last year both rail lines in our home town have been terminated.

Visited August 2013
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Cortland, New York
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“Delightful and relaxing once again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We and eight of our close friends had a marvelous day yesterday aboard the Adirondack Railroad from Utica to Thendara and back, with four relaxing hours exploring Old Forge. This is a scenic, relaxing journey and a great way to share some fun time with friends and/or family. It's also a hands-on way to expose young ones to the era of rail travel. Adirondack RR volunteers Jay, Carol and Lois made the trip extra special for all of us.

Visited August 2013
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