Find history on every trail.
Learn the histories of New York’s villages, towns and hamlets at local historical societies across the state. Typical is the Bolton Historical Museum and its collections of regional artifacts, photographs and exhibits. History you can see and feel features tools, boats, ice harvesting equipment and vintage clothing.
The Charles R. Wood Theater in downtown Glens Falls is an arts magnet for theater, dance, music and film, featuring shows like Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic on September 14, an extraordinary play about the women who survived the century-ago sinking of the great Titanic. Hear stories that are startling, unique and moving.
The Lake George Arts Project welcomes Sachal Vasandani, Warren Wolf, John Tan and jazz pianist Emilio Solla to Jazz at the Lake, September 15-16 in Shepard Park, the latest celebration in a year-round events calendar promoting arts in the Lake George region. Saturday and Sunday afternoon, admission is free.
Visit the 1764 home of Revolutionary War hero, General Nicholas Herkimer. Marvel at the grandness of this Georgian-style mansion that once stood on the colonial frontier. The unspoiled landscape and Herkimer family burial ground are remarkably unchanged. Enjoy Family Fun Sundays through September 23 with treasure hunts and nature games.
A self-guided driving and walking tour around Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake brings you to more than 40 local artists who open their home studios to show art in the making. Enjoy brilliant fall colors and talented regional artists in the Artist at Work Studio Tour, September 28-30. Watch them weave, paint, carve and hammer while you hear their stories. Just let the yellow and black signs guide your way.
“Magical miniature worlds of model trains” is how Railroads on Parade describes its meticulous 5,000 square foot recreation of vintage trains chugging through gorges, over high trestles and under bridges past sleepy valley towns. More than 60 trains, trolleys and subway cars rumble over 2,500 feet of track. Open every day in Pottersville.
For a life-sized rail experience, The 1872 North Creek Depot Museum will show you its working train turntable, engine house and original milk car. Train buffs will enjoy the HO model railroad exhibit of North Creek exactly as it looked in 1934. Season continues through September.
Fort William Henry is hard to miss in the Lake George landscape. Guarding the Lake’s southern end during the French & Indian War, the Fort continues to impress visitors with hourly tours and museum treasures. Children enlisting in the King’s Army will be issued a uniform, musket and drill instruction. Open through October.
Sprawled between Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain Lake, The Adirondack Museum’s 22 modern exhibit galleries and historic buildings brim with history. Amid lush grounds and sweeping views, explore exhibits like The Adirondack World of A.F. Tait, Adirondack Food Traditions, and Wildlife Photography. Open until
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts offers visual arts, film and community theater, music and dance. Five on-site and satellite galleries feature exhibits from artists working in sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, fiber arts, jewelry, glass, and photography.
Fulton County visitors will find local talents at historic theaters like the Glove Performing Arts Center in Gloversville or the Colonial Little Theatre in Johnstown. The Sacandaga Valley Arts Network sponsors concerts, art shows and workshops all year.
For more fall ideas, visit the Adirondack region!