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Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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Address: 20 Averyville Road, Lake Placid, NY 12866
Phone Number: 1-800-819-2291

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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Relaxing ride with lovely views

We took the rail from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake and back. On the way there, we rode in the open car, which gave us a great opportunity to take pictures over the beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Michele O
Moscow, Pennsylvania
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Moscow, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took the rail from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake and back. On the way there, we rode in the open car, which gave us a great opportunity to take pictures over the beautiful landscapes. The ride was narrated by one of the railroad workers and he was funny and informative. We opted for the 1 1/2 hour layover in... More 

1 Thank Michele O
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The train staff were wonderful. I recommend the open section of the train... you need the fresh air as the aging train has a bit of a smell. The entire train could use a good cleaning in my opinion. The price was steep for the experience. Start your journey in Placid rather than Saranac. This is a very family-friendly activity.

Thank Lisa N
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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651 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 636 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just make it a point to go on this scenic route. It is a wonderful experience. The nature is so very beautiful, the trees, the rivers, the mountains, the lake is worth seeing.

Thank Shashirekha B
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

My husband loves trains so when going from New York to Montreal we decided to go by train (11 hours) rather than by plane (1 1/2 hours). The advantage with the train is that you do not have the 2 hours to get to the airport, the two hours to wait to fly and then the squashed seats. You also... More 

3 Thank dianaprw
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Loved the whole idea of a trip on a vintage train ride. Our train was from the 1950's and you could imagine all the travelers heading to the slopes! Museum was interesting and the conductors and staff were informative and super friendly. You can feel their passion for the old locomotives and all volunteer their time. Scenic is a bit... More 

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New York State
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

Have taken this trip , along with the boat ride on the lakes , about 4 times , just love it and would love to go during fall folliage.... There is a lot of trees after all but also beautiful scenery along the way. Plus we got to have lunch in Old Forge....

Thank nurseeo
Clayton, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The train ride itself is nice, but there is not much to see from the train. We were expecting mountain views, but mainly all you see are trees along the tracks. We felt like we wasted time we could have spent driving around to sight-see. In addition when we got to Saranac Lake we had a hard time finding an... More 

3 Thank Gail F
Victoria, BC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

I couldn't find a page on Trip Advisor that covers this particular train journey, so I'm putting in here, even though we didn't go to Lake Placid. Hopefully people interested in train travel might find it, or Trip Advisor might start a section dealing specifically with this journey. After travelling from Seattle to New York on Amtrak, we decided to... More 

5 Thank Jasmine039
Orange Park, Florida
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Not much to see on train. Nothing at the destination on the other end-Saranac. Driving around the area is much better.

3 Thank Marge W
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

Better off taking a scenic drive. The train cars up front were near impossible to see out of. The open car was nice. 45 mins each way and only a 30 min stop at the town.

1 Thank Melissa10210

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