Adirondacks History & Culture Tours
Visit Fort Ticonderoga, Bolton Landing & More
New York’s towering northern peaks hold a lot of history. Great Camp Sagamore at Raquette Lake lures you back to the era of lavish Adirondack camps with paddle-making workshops, quilting bees and overnight retreats among 27 historic landmark buildings.
Explore Cooper’s Cave on the Hudson River near Glens Falls, one of the “dark and silent caves“ that inspired James Fenimore Cooper to write his classic, “The Last of the Mohicans.” Admission is free.
Tales of high peaks capture the imagination at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, with 22 galleries and historic buildings that tell the unique story of the Adirondacks and her people. How about summer school for some basics you may have missed, like Adirondack chair building, caning, fly tying and blacksmithing? Lake Luzerne’s Adirondack Folk School will get you up to speed in hands-on sessions.
The Adirondacks played a critical military role in early America, and we love to commemorate the bravery of our patriots. June 15-16, French and Indian War reenactors will set camp in Bolton Landing at Roger’s Memorial Park. Visit with soldiers and Native Americans as they demonstrate 18th century camp life.
Within the walls of Lake George’s Fort William Henry uniformed 18th century soldiers demonstrate musket and cannon fire, drills and fort life as they guide you back more than two centuries. Fort Ticonderoga still guards the historic portage between Lake Champlain and Lake George, and you can relive its history with costumed reenactors. Hear the stirring fife and drum music that urged Revolutionary War soldiers into battle at the Fife & Drum Corps Muster.
Fabled shipwrecks like the steamboat Phoenix, the Water Witch and Diamond Island Stone Boat are waiting to be explored by scuba enthusiasts through the Underwater Historic Preserve. It’s just part of the excitement at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, where family events like the Kids’ Pirate Festival, June 15-16, thrill visitors.
Then board the Adirondack Scenic Railroad for a chug through railroading history, past remote forests, sparkling rivers and bridges of the vast Adirondack Park. Excursions on vintage trains depart from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid.
• Adirondack Folk School
• Adirondack Museum
• Adirondack Scenic Railroad
• Bolton Landing
• Cooper’s Cave
• Fife & Drum Corps Muster
• Fort Ticonderoga
• Fort William Henry
• Great Camp Sagamore
• Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
• Underwater Historic Preserve
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