Decidedly Different Appeal
Downtown Saranac Lake is where this village’s decidedly different appeal is on full display. It’s an urban oasis surrounded by scenic mountains and lakes where music, art, and great mountain energy merge to create a lively scene. Enjoy galleries, a theater, music venues, bars, shopping, dining, the landmark Hotel Saranac, and the Adirondack Carousel which features 24 handcrafted Adirondack animals.
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.
There’s fun for the whole family at the Saranac Lake Skateboard Park located on Church Street and Willam Morris Park, near the old train depot, where there’s a playground and the Adirondack Carousel. It's also easy to get out on the water with Lake Flower centrally located with nearby options for canoe and boat rentals.
Saranac Lake loves art. Art Walks are every third Thursday in summer. During this event art spills out on to the streets, literally. There are two free outdoor concert series in the summer as well, every Wednesday in July at Berkeley Green and every Thursday at The Waterhole’s Party on the Patio.
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 rotating exhibits on this village’s eclectic history.
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, craft beer and cocktails, and even a refreshing cold brew.