Experience a day downtown!

Downtown Saranac Lake is where the village’s cool Adirondack appeal is on full display. Our charming downtown has small town charm with plenty to see and do, all surrounded by scenic mountains and lakes. There is something here for a variety of tastes, so whether you're an art lover, a devoted shopper, or a foodie, Saranac Lake's downtown has you covered.

Scenic beauty

Watch for the signs that mark the entry ways to the RiverWalk and follow the brick path along the Saranac River as it winds through town. Grab food to go and sit at the picnic tables in pretty Riverside Park.

Play indoors and out

Saranac Lake is famous for its refreshing air and laid-back fun. Hike a mountain right from downtown, or hop in a kayak in the Saranac River, which winds through the village. Nearby there are great nature walks, spots to fish, and mountain biking trails. Inside, ADK ArtRise and the Adirondack Carousel are family-friendly favorites for fun activities.

The arts

Saranac Lake loves art. Numerous galleries offer a glimpse of the local art scene all year. Local art and photography galleries can be found throughout the village, so pick up a scenic photo or a landscape oil painting - a perfect way to take in the beauty of the Adirondacks in your own home.

Historic roots

Saranac Lake’s downtown is rich with history from its former days as an international treatment center for tuberculosis to its notable vacationers. Pick up a guide to the Walk of Fame in the Welcome Center and take a self-guided tour to learn more about Saranac Lake’s notables. Stop in the Saranac Laboratory Museum to see its permanent and rotating exhibits on this village’s fascinating history. The gift shop there is extra cool, too!


You won't spend the day hungry here! There are plenty of options for dining and drinking in downtown Saranac Lake. Expect an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops serving up farm to table meals, local craft beer and cocktails, and even a refreshing hot toddy.

The Adirondack Carousel in it's specially constructed building.
The 19th century brick exterior of Historic Saranac Lake.
A tall beer glass rests on the bar at a downtown Saranac Lake resturant.
A couple poses for a selfie on the end of a dock on Lake Flower on a sunny day.