All About: The Adirondack Museum


SaratogaMama Contributor Kristen Champion-Terrell talks about her visit to the Adirondack Museum.

We recently took a family trip to the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake with our children, ages 1 and 3, and Grandpa. The museum is set up much like a village, with a large open courtyard in the center. Various exhibits and authentic historic buildings frame the museum courtyard. Much of your time will be spent outdoors – props to museum curators for reinforcing this fact of life in the Adirondacks. The museum provides engaging, hands-on activities for children at every turn, including authentic Adirondack games and toys, craft projects, a stocked trout pond, lean-to and camp structures, a turn-of-the-century steam engine that children can explore, and of course, Adirondack chairs of all sizes!

The Great Outdoors exhibit is designed specifically for children and provides a small rock-climbing wall and various creative play opportunities. Slightly older children can climb to the top of the Whiteface Fire Tower. One of our favorite exhibits was the original Reising Schoolhouse, a one room schoolhouse stocked with craft activities for kids, entertaining photographs, and a knowledgeable volunteer. The traditional outdoor schoolyard is full of authentic Adirondack toys. I loved watching my father play with my daughter – he had a great time showing her how to play with the new toys. Don’t miss the replica Rustic Gazebo, also full of play and learning activities for families.

This museum provides an opportunity for fun and interaction among family members of all ages. If you choose to visit the museum, plan to spend an entire day together enjoying traditional Adirondack activities. After our visit, it is easy to understand why the Adirondacks were considered a turn-of-the-century summer paradise for families.

Adirondack Museum

9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812.
Museum is open to the public from May 27- October 17, 2011.
Open daily from 10am-5pm

Adults: $18
Teens: $12
Youth (6-12): $6
Child (under 5): Free

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  1. The Adirondacks are a great part of our country, and after reading your review, it sounds like the museum really emphasizes the love for nature in that neck of the woods. Having traveled to Lake Placid and some of its surrounding towns, I can vouch for that call to the great outdoors from your area. And it’s no wonder one of the most relaxing pieces of furniture, the iconic Adirondack chair, was invented there. The entire area is a little more relaxed than its neighboring mid-Atlantic cities. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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