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Take a family adventure to this Adirondack Destination

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Attention all parents! If you're on the hunt for a family field trip that's equal parts educational, entertaining, and just plain fun, look no further than the Adirondack Experience. Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, this museum is a treasure trove of activities that will delight kids and adults alike.

Located at 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812, the Adirondack Experience is open from May 26 to October 9, 2023, from 10am – 5pm, 7 days a week, including holidays. Contact the museum directly at 518-352-7311 or for the most accurate ticket prices.

Now, let's dive into why this place is a must-visit for families.

This year, ADKX is rolling out the red carpet with a smorgasbord of activities that will have your kids forgetting all about their iPads. They're bringing back their hands-on workshops, which have been on a hiatus for a few years. So, get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the fun!

They're also unveiling a new permanent exhibition, "Artists & Inspiration in the Wild," on July 1. This exhibit is like a reality TV show for artists, with nine regional artists creating masterpieces on-site throughout the summer. It's like "Survivor" but with paintbrushes and canvases!

And let's not forget about their most popular festivals, such as the Adirondack Artisan Festival, Mushroom Mania, Rustic Furniture Fair, Xperience For All, and FallFest. These festivals are so fun, they might even make you forget about the pile of laundry waiting for you at home.

The ADKX is also offering a variety of workshops, including a glass etching date night (because we all know parents need some romance too), nail string art, paint programs, taxidermy trainings, and paint and skip movement classes. There's something for everyone, even the most discerning of toddlers.

For the outdoorsy families, ADKX has you covered. You can borrow a range of boats at the ADKX Boathouse and explore Minnow Pond, a roughly 90-acre body of water above Blue Mountain Lake. Or take a leisurely stroll on the Minnow Pond Trail, an easy ¾-mile walk suitable for the whole family. For the more adventurous, the Blue View Trail offers a short, vigorous route with breathtaking views of Blue Mountain Lake.

History Comes Alive

The Adirondack Experience has been sharing stories of the people who lived, worked, and played in the Adirondack Park since 1957. The museum's history mirrors the history of the Adirondacks itself: from wilderness to mineral and lumber resource to resort community to recreation getaway. It's like a time machine, but without the pesky paradoxes!

Interactive Exhibits

Kids love to touch stuff. It's a fact. And at the Adirondack Experience, they can do just that! The interactive exhibits bring the past to life, and your little ones will be having so much fun, they won't even realize they're learning. It's a win-win!

Art and Creativity

The museum's art gallery and makerspace are a hit with the artistically inclined. Inspired by water, light, forest, and mountains, kids can let their creativity run wild. And who knows, you might discover that you have a budding Picasso or Van Gogh in your midst!

Adventure and Exploration

If your family loves the great outdoors, the Adirondack Experience has you covered. The Minnow Pond Trail offers a fun hike that leads to a boathouse where you can paddle in a century-old canoe. It's like an adventure novel, but you're the main characters!

Food with a View

After all that exploring, you're going to be hungry. The Lake View Cafe offers delicious food with a stunning view of Blue Mountain Lake. It's the perfect spot to refuel and share stories of your adventures.

Why It's Great for Kids and Couples

The Adirondack Experience offers a unique blend of education and entertainment that's perfect for kids. They can learn about history, engage with art, and burn off some energy with outdoor activities. But it's not just for the little ones. Couples will appreciate the beautiful scenery, the relaxing atmosphere, and the chance to learn something new together.

So, parents, if you're looking for a field trip that's fun for the whole family, the Adirondack Experience is the place to be. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen and hats, and don't forget your camera! There are plenty of beautiful spots for family photos. And who knows, you might just learn something new yourself. After all, you're never too old for a field trip!


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