New York’s Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, New York makes for a great half or full day pit stop during your Adirondack summer family vacation! Dedicated to families with young kids through teens, the museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits, nature studies, and family programs filled with hands-on experiences.

It seems like there’s always something going on at the museum, whether it’s time to feed the fish, play in the log cabins, or explore the schoolhouse. Visitors learn about the outdoor recreation traditions for which the area is famous (such as boating and horseback riding) as well as the history and natural elements of the region.

Pit Stops for Kids was recently alerted to some new programs scheduled for this summer at the Adirondack Museum: their newest event, “Familypalooza”, is scheduled for July 9th, and will include a bounce house, music show by Radio Disney, kayaking and paddling demonstrations on the museum’s pond, costumed animal characters, tasty food, face painting and much more!

Also new in 2011, parents and children can spend the night at the museum! “Camp Out for Families: Overnights at the Adirondack Museum” are scheduled for July 7th and August 16th. In collaboration with the Adirondack Lakes
Center for the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y., visitors will explore exhibits by lantern, get dramatic about Adirondack history, hear songs and stories by the campfire, and have a sleepover in the Woods & Waters exhibit.
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Distance from the interstate: 45 minutes from I-87.

Hours of operation: Open daily May 27th-Oct. 17th (including holidays) from 10 am-5 pm.

Admission rates: Adults: $18, Teens (13-17): $12, Children (6-12): $6, Under five: free. (We love that all museum admission are valid for a second visit within a one week period!)

Food services: The Lakeview Cafe is open daily from 10 am to 4 pm, with salads, sandwiches, wraps, and soups.


Directions: The Adirondack Museum is located on Route 28N and 30, just a short drive from Lake George, Glens Falls, Saratoga Springs, Utica, Old Forge, Lake Placid, and Plattsburgh–close enough for an easy day trip. Full directions from these locations can be found here.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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