Sure, anyone could take a drive up north or go camping or stay in a cabin, but there's just something extra-sweet about being on the water in the Adirondacks.

So why not? Don't have a kayak? You can rent one. Afraid you'll tip over or it will be too exhausting? You probably won't and it isn't. Now that some of the excuses are out of the way, let's bring home our point with 5 reasons why you should make time to go kayaking this summer, especially in the Adirondacks...

1. Hidden Islands: There are so many islands in the lakes throughout the Adirondacks. Some of them have benches and little burn pits, and you can even camp on some of them. You never know what you're going to find. Like this one:

Benches and a Fire Pit on an Island in the Adirondacks
Naomi Lynn/TSM

It's just a random island we decided to stop at and it was a pretty cool. Again, you never know what you're going to find.

2. Good Exercise: It's a great way to work those muscles without getting too tired out or feel like you're doing a high-intensity workout. Plus, you can move at your own pace and decide how far/long of an adventure you want.

3. Spectacular Scenery: There's no doubt that the Adirondacks are beautiful. But to take in all the sights and sounds while paddling around? Well, nothing compares to that. Words really can't describe the experience of kayaking on an open lake, seeing all the little islands scattered around, the mountains in the distance, and all the birds and wildlife you'll see and hear.

Mountains Off in the Distance in the Adirondacks
Naomi Lynn/TSM

4. Sunshine: Taking in that scenery is great, but it's also taking in that sunshine (that we definitely don't get enough of in New York), and that fresh air. Sure you can enjoy those things on land, but it's even more peaceful and relaxing while sitting in the open water. Especially with the sun reflecting off the water, as you sit on top of it... Completely content.

5. Great for Anyone: The best part of kayaking is the fact that it's great for anybody. You can go for a trip by yourself or with your significant other, or you can turn it into a whole family-friendly outting.


So what are you waiting for? This is the perfect time to plan your trip to the Adirondacks, and make sure your plans include staying someplace close to a lake so you can enjoy a kayaking adventure of your own. You won't be disappointed.





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