Top Winter Camping Hacks

Winter is the time of year most families retreat indoors and say goodbye to the endless adventures of the outdoors. Camping gear is packed away and not thought of again until next spring. But what if all that could change? Winter camping is an exciting time to enjoy the outdoors. It can also be aContinue reading →

Top Eats in Old Forge

We all know it as one of the most important aspects of any vacation: The food. Wherever you go, there are delicious restaurants and diners with a warm meal that is sure to leave you wanting to come back for seconds. In Old Forge, the great scenery and fantastic family fun are coupled with amazingContinue reading →

Gifts for Adirondack Loving Loved Ones

Wondering what gift to buy your outdoor loving friend? The one who spends every weekend in the Adirondacks, hiking, fishing, skiing, and just about everything else they offer, then you have come to the right place! We have put together the perfect gift guide for those Adirondack fanatics! Adirondack embroidered throw blankets, hand-crafted mugs orContinue reading →

Old Forge Relaxation Under $50

Old Forge Relaxation Under $50 It’s been a rough week and you want to escape. The only problem is, with the added expense of school supplies, soccer cleats, and scout uniforms, you don’t have a lot of handy cash. No problem, head out to Old Forge and you can have a great time for underContinue reading →

Adirondack Life vs. City Life

There’s a never-ending debate on which type of environment is more desirable to be in—the city, or the countryside, or in our case, the Adirondack Mountains. Although there are some things that the city offers like abundant restaurants, sports arenas, and differentiated career opportunities, we’re confident that in the end, the ADK is a theContinue reading →

Top 5 reasons to Camp in Old Forge

Although it’s sad for most to see the summer months say goodbye, the start of school and chillier weather tells us that fall has finally arrived! Now, camping during ANY season is an amazing time, but fall camping presents some unique activities and scenery that we just can’t get the rest of the year. We’llContinue reading →

Hunting in the Adirondacks

While fall in the Adirondacks is synonymous with brilliant foliage, the autumn months also mean hunting season. Hunting is permitted on all state lands, giving hunters a considerable amount of geography for their sport. Be considerate of private lands and, as always, exercise safety and caution.   Fall Hunting Seasons   Bow Hunting Season ArcheryContinue reading →

Hidden Gems in the Adirondacks

Here is our list of the Adirondacks best-kept secrets!   Ozzie’s Coffee Bar Locals vote Ozzie’s as the best coffee in town! They also have sweet treats, amazing scones, delicious paninis, salads, and wine by the glass. And the best part? All their cold sandwiches are named after bodies of water in Old Forge!  Continue reading →

Fall Adirondack Fun for the Whole Family

In the fall, the Adirondacks becomes a world bursting with a colorful adventure that’s a playground for kids and adults alike! Although Old Forge is known primarily for leaf-peeping, there are so many more exciting possibilities for fall fun in the Adirondacks. Here is a list of a few activities that the whole family canContinue reading →

Autumn In The Adirondacks – The Best Places To Leaf-Peep

As Fall bursts into the annual colorful display of reds, purples and yellows and the season give way to cooler air and crisp blue skies, the Adirondack Region boasts one of the finest fall foliage seasons. The region is rich in history, offers a variety of vistas and tempting dining options, which are uniquely the Adirondacks.Continue reading →

PLANTS TO AVOID WHILE HIKING IN OLD FORGE, NY

We work so hard to prepare when we go hiking – wearing the right gear, packing the first aid kit, spraying the correct bug spray, etc. add kids in the mix and our preparation is kicked into high gear. Knowing that you’re prepared will help make hiking safe and fun! Have you heard the rhymeContinue reading →

Hiking Snacks

Hiking is a great pastime. It gets you out in the fresh air and gives you plenty of exercise. It makes you appreciate nature, it makes you healthier, and it makes you hungry. Because none of the 2,558 miles of wilderness trails throughout the Adirondacks feature restaurants or snack bars, it is probably wise to bring someContinue reading →

What to Bring For Your Rafting/Boating Trip


When getting ready for your ADK water trip, the first thing you need to do is look down. Yes, look down at your feet. First off, cover them. While barefoot in a kayak or boat may seem like a good idea, you more than likely will end up walking on wet, slippery (and even sharp)Continue reading →

Best Paddling in the Adirondacks

Nothing exemplifies an Adirondack adventure like a canoe gliding along the water, but with more than 3,000 lakes and ponds, and more than 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, where do you go for the best experience? On the large scale, there’s the Fulton Chain of Lakes, eight lakes creating 16 miles of paddling enjoyment.Continue reading →

What to pack for an Adirondack Hike

What should I pack for my Adirondack Hike? The answer is not as obvious as it seems. First, you need to ask yourself some questions, such as where and for how long you plan your hike to be and plan accordingly. Before you look up at a mountain, you need to look down…at your feet.Continue reading →

Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. All contest on social media. This contest is open only to those who sign up at the Official Water Safari Resort social media pages (Enchanted Forest Water Safari, Old Forge Camping Resort, Water’s Edge Inn, Calypso’s Cove & Experience Old Forge) are legal residentsContinue reading →

What happens at Water Safari once the park closes?

Summer is over, fall is here, and Enchanted Forest Water Safari is closed. Summer workers have gone back to class, the water is shut off, the gates are locked and it sits quietly now until June. Hold on, now……that’s not what happens, at least not the last part. Yes, the park is closed and thereContinue reading →

The History of Water Safari

It was 1956. Elvis was shocking television audiences with his music and gyrations, “My Fair Lady” was the toast of Broadway, and Stockholm Sweden hosted the summer Olympics. It was the year that The Enchanted Forest of the Adirondacks opened its doors for the first time. A total of 35 employees maintained the park whichContinue reading →

Why a family photo with Paul Bunyan is tradition

For more than a century, the giant lumberjack Paul Bunyan has been the subject of thousands of exploits that are treasured among generations in the United States. It is said that he once dragged his ax across the Southwest and created the Grand Canyon. Americans have created thousands of folk stories about Bunyan making himContinue reading →

Family Fun Indoors at Water Safari

We all know that the Enchanted Water Safari is the most fun anyone can have outdoors, right? Well, you’ve only got half the story. Water Safari features many attractions and activities indoors, too. Check these out: Explore the past with the Museum of Enchanted Memories Located in the rear of the park, behind the OasisContinue reading →