Après Winter in the Adirondacks

Adirondack landscape from the surface of Horseshoe Pond.

Winter is over, the ice is out, and the Adirondack Mountains are waking up from their hibernation. While Lake Placid is a world-famous vacation destination for warm and cold weather adventures, it's also the ideal spot for off-peak season adventures. Here's why!


Freshly caught brook trout on the floor of a canoe.

Photo © Anne Reilly



Just because the Adirondacks aren't covered in a rich blanket of green foliage doesn't mean there isn't a lot to see; in fact, it's just the opposite! The Adirondack Mountains are full of life and it's never more compelling than when our flora and fauna are waking up après winter.


Terry Watson, Stillwaters Guide Service

With hundreds of bodies of water and a wide variety of fish, including landlocked salmon, brook trout, walleye, and northern pike, the best way to begin a lifetime love of fishing is with an Adirondack Guide. Licensed and insured guides make it their business to know where the fish are biting and how to get there, with years of experience in navigating Adirondack waters safely (in Terry's case over 40 years of experience). Hire Stillwaters Guide Service for your next aquatic adventure by contacting them at (518) 637-5551.


Ed Kanze, Adirondack Naturalist Company

Maybe it's just me, but there is something awe-inspiring about the Adirondack Mountains before the leaves return, a greater understanding of the scale and a clearer look at the peaks and valleys of the Adirondack landscape. From the very large to the very small, that clear picture follows you as you explore Adirondack forest trails, and hiring an experienced naturalist and Adirondack Guide like Ed Kanze gives you the insight you won't get anywhere else.


Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center

The 3,0000-acre Paul Smiths VIC is a favorite among Adirondack adventurers, both local and visiting. Winding through forest and marshland, passing by ponds, brooks, and bogs, the 25 miles of woodland trails offers unparalleled opportunities to enjoy nature all year long.


Handmade beaded jewelry at Just Bead It.

Photo © Just Bead It



Lake Placid may be the quintessential spot for outdoor sports and recreation, but for those of us who would enjoy something a little less free-range, Lake Placid is still the place to be.


The Climbery at High Peaks Cyclery

The Adirondacks offers some of the Northeast's most unique and challenging outdoor rock climbing, but if you are new to the sport or prefer a more controlled rock-climbing environment, it's a sport with an indoor option! Whether it be your first rock climbing experience or your hundredth, The Climbery at High Peaks Cyclery offers routes perfect for beginners, and more experienced climbers are welcome to hone their skills by setting their own routes to practice!


Jewelry Making at Just Bead It

I once saw a post on social media "there are people who craft, and then there are people who collect crafting supplies" and oh man did that speak to me. I'm not crafty, I want to be crafty, but in reality I have crafty urges. And they tend to involve a large investment and are over before I see any kind of return. Which is why I love Just Bead It. You don't have to buy all the things that you'll never use, instead, spend a couple of hours inside with access to all the beads, and shells, and stones you want and pay for what you use.


Adirondack Aviation Academy

Take sightseeing to new heights with Adirondack Aviation Academy. Scenic sky tours give you an unobstructed view of the mountains as they are waking up. Adirondack Aviation Academy offers three scenic flights, Tour the Towns is a 20-minute scenic flight with views of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, Higher than the Peaks, a 45-minute flight soaring above the 46 Adirondack High Peaks on a hiker's dream ride, or a 75-minute Burlington and Back flight which takes you to Lake Champlain.

And best part? Adventuring in the Adirondacks in early spring lets you enjoy incredible access to the Adirondack Mountains and Lake Placid without the crods. Take advantage of Lake Placid's spring slow down. Not only are we seeing the best rates of the year, but the quiet atmosphere gives you the easiest access to Adirondack adventures, both indoors and out.


Header Image © Anne Reilly

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