Decidedly different appeal
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.
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. Dine in one of the restaurants or get food to go and sit at the picnic tables in Riverside Park.
Saranac Lake is famous for it's 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. Whatever your age or speed, there's something here for you, so come prepared to have a great outdoor adventure!
Saranac Lake loves art. Art Walks are every third Thursday in summer and 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. And just because summer is over doesn't mean the fun stops. Gallery shows and artist studio tours go on all year round.
Saranac Lake’s downtown is rich with history from its former days as an international treatment center for tuberculosis to its notable vacationers—including Albert Einstein. 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.