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A Must-Do Adventure in the Adirondack Park – ‘The Adirondack Experience’

View of Blue Mountain Lake From the Adirondack Experience Museum
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The next time you head up to the Adirondacks, there’s one place you should definitely make time for: The Adirondack Experience.

The Adirondack Experience is a museum located on Blue Mountain Lake (formally known as the “Adirondack Museum”), and that’s exactly what it is: A museum focusing on the history of the Adirondacks, the waterways in the area, living in the Adirondacks, and everything else that has to do or has a connection to our beautiful and important mountains.

This museum has something for everyone. If you’re interested in the wildlife-side of the Adirondacks, there’s a building dedicated to that. There’s also a building dedicated to logging in the Adirondacks, art that focuses on the Adirondacks, boating and waterways, and tons more. You’re bound to find something you love in one of these unique “learning centers.”

One of the coolest buildings in the “Adirondack Experience” just opened up on July 1st. It’s called “Life in the Adirondacks,” and this building houses a lot of interesting “pieces” from the Adirondacks. When you first walk into the building, you’re guided to a movie room where you watch a short film that really puts in perspective how beautiful and important the Adirondacks are. From there you go room to room and discover little “artifacts.” In the last room, you’ll come to a train car that was actually owned by one family. It would be hooked to other trains as they were traveling. The train car cost the family over $60,000, and that was back in the early 1900s (which is crazy to think about how much it would be now). You can actually walk through these train cars and see the kitchen area, the rooms, and two separate living room/lounge areas. And that’s just one of the exhibits you’ll enjoy. There are HUNDREDS more (and no, that’s not an exaggeration).

There’s so much we could say about the “Adirondack Experience,” but it’s definitely something you have to see for yourself. We do warn you though, you should get there when it opens because you’ll need the full day to see all they have to offer. This is a whole day adventure, not just an hour or so. You can check out some pictures from the buildings (and outside) in the gallery below:

The Adirondack Experience is open daily from 10am to 5pm. They also have a gift shop open from 9:30am to 5:30pm daily. And if you get hungry, make sure to stop by the Lake View Cafe inside the museum’s ground. It’s open daily from 10am to 4pm.


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