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Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Ranked #23 of 51 things to do in Lake Placid
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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 departures or for contact information please check out our website.
saranac lake
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed January 11, 2013

this is the absolute worst trip ever! nothing to see but junkyards and backs of houses. expensive for kids, in fact my 3yr.old granddaughter fell asleep on the way back. and after arriving in l.p.we had no where to go because it's too far away from downtown and no shuttle to take you there and back. never again!!!!!

10 Thank minimo979
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English first
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95 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Relaxing and scenic nostalgia”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

Sun Oct 7 Fall Foliage Train. It was the perfect cool crisp sunny day to take this train trip through the beautiful Adirondack mountains. The trees were just ablaze with color. Standing outside at the back of the train afforded some great picture opportunities of the track and backdrop of mountains. Open seating first come first serve but I would recommend a seat in the snack car which may have been "first class" with very comfortable roomy seats vs the open car bench seating or the other possibly smaller "2nd class" car with narrower seats. The snack car also had the toilets and some dining car type seating with all around cleaner windows to enjoy the view ... very comfortable. The gift shop / museum at Saranac Lake was quite nice as was the museum station at Lake Placid. It's definitely worth the ride!

Visited October 2012
4 Thank Travel2Enjoy
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Level 6 Contributor
134 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“More scenic if you drive.”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

My husband and I took the railroad trip in the 2nd week of october. The colors were out in full force. The music as one reviewer put it is bad :-) but at least it is not loud. The coaches are comfy, you can walk around. There are closed coaches and open ones. the open ones are basically 2 long rows of seats facing open windows. yes.. the roof is still there. It can be a little cold. We preferred the closed coach.It is a 45 minute trip from lake placid to saranac lake.
While i could never say that the scenery was bad, (it is adirondacks in the fall season. the foliage is always beautiful) i strongly felt that when we drove from lake placid to saranac lake we saw a whole lot more and were also able to stop and take pictures. You zip by a lot of scenery and it is not a very long trip. There is a 45 minute stop -over at saranac station. those with kids can enjoy a large merry go round near the station. The village was certainly interesting to look at. It makes for a nice 30 minute stroll.
Overall , if you want to quickly take a little scenery in , check the village out for a few minutes and return it is not bad. But i would drive around lake placid and to saranac next time instead of taking the train.

Visited October 2012
4 Thank Vidalu
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Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good ride, bad music”
Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

We went on the wine tasting/adult Halloween train ride tonight. The ride and wine were great; however the music and singing was quite the opposite. We were never told that it was going to turn into a karaoke train ride. The music was loud, and you couldn't hear when the conductor was speaking. While its a great concept, they should have been more upfront about all the details.

Thank Bijous
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice ride, but be careful which car you sit in”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

The ride was pleasant. There was a long line for tickets, even though we had purchased online. Because they didn't open up the ticket booth until 15 minutes prior to the train departure, the train left 30 minutes late. There were not enough seats for everyone in the enclosed cars, so families with children had to sit in the unheated car. Also the car windows in one of the cars were obscured so you had to stand to see the foliage.

Visited October 2012
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