For parents everywhere, this has been a Spring and Summer like no other. As we enter Fall and the start of the school year, many of our guests have been reflecting on how they can combine vacation and education and take full advantage of extra time with their kids. Lake Placid is rich with ways to take homeschooling on the road and incorporate American history and the sciences on a family three-day weekend.
In 1849, a life-long abolitionist moved his family to North Elba, NY. His goal was to join and assist a new community of free black families, inexperienced in homesteading and facing difficulties in farming in the arduous Northern New York climate. The John Brown Farm State Historic Site and the permanent installation Dreaming of Timbuctoo offer stirring insight into the early moments of the civil rights movement in the Adirondack north country.
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 3.2 miles
COVID Information: Masks and social distancing required. For information on tour hours and admission, please contact (518) 523-3900.
Located just a few feet from where the Miracle on Ice took place, the Lake Placid Olympic Museum celebrates the Adirondack's unique place in Olympic history, as a two-time host of the Winter Olympic Games, one of two US training centers, and the birthplace of many US Olympians.
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 0.5 miles
COVID Information: Masks and social distancing required. Open Thursday through Monday, 10 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM. Advance tickets recommended and can be purchased online at Lake Placid Olympic Sites.
Built in 1894, the Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S. for the research of tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake painstakingly restored the building and opened it as a museum in 2009. The museum is open with permanent exhibits on scientific research and patient care and temporary exhibits on topics of local history.
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 8.9 miles
COVID Information: Masks and social distancing required. Open Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at Historic Saranac Lake.
Fort Ticonderoga is America's Fort and considered one of the most significant and oldest historic sites in North America. It tells the story of how the armies of Great Britain and France struggled to control a continent and where, a generation later, it was the first rebel victory in the American war for independence.
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 67.6 miles
COVID Information: Masks and social distancing required. Indoor spaces are not currently open to the public. Due to limited occupancy, advance ticket purchases strongly suggested.
Honorable Mention: For all those art and technical theater majors out there, don't miss the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour in Ticonderoga, NY. The sets were painstakingly recreated using the original blueprints, hundreds of hours of serious research, and thousands of photographs – both period images and images culled from extensive review and capture from the original episodes with CBS giving the official stamp of approval.
A former National Park Ranger, Ed Kanze has worked at Acadia National Park and Gulf Islands National Seashore, served as Curator of the Trailside Nature Museum in Cross River, New York, taught field ecology for the National Audubon Society, and was senior naturalist at the Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, New York. If you'd like to know more about what you can expect, check out our blogs on snowshoeing and birdwatching with Ed Kanze.
COVID Information: Masks and social distancing required.
This 50-acre "Wild Kingdom" includes a 1-mile guided, interpretive trail complete with a river, forest, and meadow. See rescued wildlife like hawks, owls, foxes, wolves, and a bobcat. The 10 AM Wolf Gathering is a must-see presentation!
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 12.6 miles
COVID Information: Masks and social distancing required. Advance notice strongly suggested. For private tours, contact Steve Hall at 914-772-5983. Open Thursday through Monday, from 10 AM to 4 PM. For complete COVID policies please visit their Facebook page.
"Where the wilderness comes alive." A natural history museum dedicated to the Adirondack Preserve and the rare relationship between the park and its communities. The Wild Walk is currently open to the public and takes visitors up a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest. It's designed to transform the way we see into the natural world by offering up the perspective of the rest of nature.
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 29.1 miles
COVID Information: Reservations, masks, and social distancing required. Indoor exhibits are currently closed. Payment is cashless.
Part history, part science, explore up to five miles of well-maintained, self-guided walking/hiking trails. Since 1870, Ausable Chasm has thrilled and amazed all who have come to explore. More than 10 million visitors have witnessed what mother nature has provided: a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million-year-old rock.
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 37.4 miles
COVID Information: Reservations required for park admission. Masks and social distancing required.
Experience the beauty and awe of walking along cliff sides and waterfalls at this scenic spot. Explore the half-mile walk along the gorge over walkways and bridges, groomed paths, and viewing platforms and learn about the history of the falls from various information stations along the route.
Distance from High Peaks Resort: 8.5 miles
COVID Information: Masks and social distancing required at all times on private grounds. Open Friday through Thursday from 9 AM to 3PM. Advance ticket purchase strongly suggested.
Homeschool & Work From Here
When you're planning your work & play stay, the last piece of the puzzle is space; space to study, space to work, space to get out of each other's hair. High Peaks Resort suites and adjoining rooms make it easy to spread out and focus without stepping on each other's toes. Consider reserving one of our waterfront or resort suites or adjoining king and queen rooms for you and your family. Take a break from studying with a dip in an indoor or outdoor pool. Have lunch with the family at Dancing Bears Restaurant. Spend the time between conference calls paddling Mirror Lake.
However you choose to experience this unique start of the school year, High Peaks Resort and the Adirondacks are the perfect places to homeschool your kids and work remotely away from home.