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Weekend Getaway Guide

Weekend Getaway Guide

Old Forge New York is one of the greatest day-trip destinations in the Northeast, but why stop there? With so much to experience, you can easily make it a weekend.

A cabin in the woods surrounded by lush greenery

If you’re going to stay a weekend, you’ll need accommodations. Okay, simple enough, but what’s your preference, high-end or rustic? Old Forge can take care of both.  The Old Forge Camping Resort is nestled on Lake Serene. Here you can go with the basics and pitch a tent on one of the many sites spread across 130 acres of woods. Move it up a notch and stay in one of our log camping cabins. These one-room cabins sleep four comfortably with a double bed and a set of single bunks. Another popular choice is the Adirondack Cottage, which includes a bathroom with shower and kitchenette. Or, you bring your own, RVs are welcome, and the resort offers water and electric sites, pull-thru water and electric sites, full hook-ups, and lakefront full hook-ups spread beautifully over 130 wooded acres. Each site is complete with a picnic table and a fire circle.  

Still not to your liking? Consider the Water’s Edge Inn, the premier lodging destination in Old Forge with guest rooms and luxury suites.

An overview of the park showing large water slides, a lot of people, pools and the lazy river

Whatever your choice for your weekend home, you will be right next to the New York State’s largest water park, Enchanted Forest Water Safari, which features more than 50 shows and attractions. Once you’ve dried off and hungry, head to any of the seemingly endless dining opportunities in Old Forge. From the simple basic foods at Walt’s Diner or the Adirondack Dog House, to the delicious cuisine of Frankie’s Taste of Italy

After a hearty meal, take a walk through the town and enjoy shopping or browsing through the many specialty shops that line the community.

A family on a hiking trail surrounded by green foliage

Then, it’s time to get back to nature. Spend a day hiking on the seemingly endless trails that are available. Depending on the time of year, you will see countless species of birds, including the American Bald Eagle. Take a hike up a mountain and get a view of the Fulton Chain of Lakes that will leave you speechless (just bring a camera because you won’t be able to describe how beautiful it is). Want a bird’s-eye view without the climb? Enjoy the McCauley Mountain scenic chairlift. While you’re at it, try your hand at fishing. No equipment? Don’t worry, there are plenty of places to rent whatever you need. Your outdoor adventure can also include river rafting and tubing with the Adirondack River Outfitters, and the Old Forge Lake Cruises.

For the art enthusiast, there is View, a multi-cultural arts center features works by artists from throughout North America.

There’s more. May we suggest Calypso’s Cove family fun park, Thendara golf club, the Fulton Chain Craft Brewery…. did we say weekend? Maybe you want to make it a week.

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