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Tupper Lake Is the Best Place for a Family Vacation in the Adirondacks

Family Travel
by Matador Creators Jan 4, 2023

In the Adirondack Mountains lies Tupper Lake, a village known for fishing and hiking – and a fledgling craft beer scene. However, what differentiates this town from others in this region – which is already well known for outdoor adventure – is that it’s one of the best places in New York state for family adventure.

Start your adventure at The Wild Center, a kid-friendly immersive nature museum where families can experience a trail of bridges built in the treetops of the Adirondack forest, or embark on a guided canoe trip.

If you have older kids in the family who are ready for a hiking challenge, try Tupper Lake Hiking Triad, a series of three mountain hikes. The well maintained trails are safe for kids, and can be completed in summer and winter.

You probably won’t be able to resist heading out on to the lake itself, either. For canoeing and kayaking, try the Tupper Lake Paddling Triad. This series of three pathways through the lake might take you past otters – and are fit for expert and beginner paddlers.

Don’t let winter weather hinder your appetite for adventure. Just grab your winter coats and head to the James C. Frenette Recreational Trails. Not only do these trails offer beginner hiking trails that are appropriate for kids not ready to take on miles of mountain hiking quite yet, but winter time activities include snowshoeing and sledding.

Fishing is one of the most popular recreational activities in Tupper Lake. Make it family friendly by embarking on ice fishing adventures on Little Wolf Pond or Raquette Pond. You can grab your gear in town, as well as a fishing permit.

In the summer, the place to be in Tupper Lake is Little Wolf Beach – sometimes known as the town’s “hidden gem.” There’s a floating dock, playground, and even a designated area for toddlers to swim, so your littlest ones are welcome, too.

Another must-visit spot in Tupper Lake is Bog River Falls. There are scenic pathways on either side of the falls to take in the view, and flat rocks line the shore where your kids can climb or enjoy a picnic lunch.

One adventure that will fill your family with wonder is stargazing at Tupper Lake. Families can head to  Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory for the chance to use one of the on-site telescopes, or drive to scenic spots like Rock Island Bay to see the dazzling stars reflected off the lake.

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