Something is in the air
In Saranac Lake, the first signs of spring are hard to miss. The air is alive with birdsong and music, creating a pleasant melody for blooming wildflowers and artists. The draw to downtown really amps up as coffee sippers and restaurant-goers chat at sidewalk tables, musicians take to the outdoor stages, and people head to the parks with sketchpads or books in hand, ready to soak in the scenery.
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A little of this, a little of that
Spring is a fantastic time to see some of Saranac Lake’s offbeat attractions. Kids love riding the Adirondack Carousel, and adults enjoy marveling at the hand-carved animals, which include an otter, a black fly, and a loon. Right down the road is the Saranac Laboratory Museum, where visitors can learn about the village’s history as a tuberculosis cure center. On the way, stroll through downtown and see how many Walk of Fame plaques you can spot. Each celebrates a notable person’s connection to this community, such as physicist Albert Einstein, composer Bela Bartok, and author Robert Louis Stevenson.
The beauty in Saranac Lake is natural and easily accessible, so it’s no wonder a lot of people you meet here are on their way to some sort of adventure. When the snow melts a metamorphosis happens among outdoor enthusiasts as skiers and snowshoers become hikers, paddlers, and cyclists. Ice fishing shanties come down and people take to the banks of the Saranac River with rods in hand. The feeling of excitement is twofold — it’s a break from being bundled up, and there’s nothing quite as beautiful as the Adirondacks in summer.
Speaking of summer, now is a good time to start getting ready for your mountain getaway. The lakes are calling, so answer by boating, paddling, swimming, and island camping. The mountains are calling, too; the Saranac Lake 6er challenge is a great introduction to six of our favorite summits. There are day-to-day happenings downtown — people shopping, eating, and checking out the galleries — and events are a regular occurrence.
Catch the buzz: Saranac Lake events sampler
- SAM (Science, Art, Music) Fest, April 28
- 'Round the Mountain Canoe Race, May 12
- Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, June 1-3
If you’re looking for a chill weekend getaway, this is the place. The weather is ideal for exploring the great outdoors, there’s plenty to see and do, and we have lodging where you can rest your head. What are you waiting for?