What are the best things to do with kids in the Adirondacks?

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Since the Adirondacks is known for being a recreational playground —offering every seasonal activity you can think of — there are a lot of activities for the whole family that involve the great outdoors.

The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, for instance, teaches about the animals and wildlife native to Northern New York with indoor exhibits, film screenings and live animals —kids will like to watch the otters play. Winding nature trails lead you through lakes where you’ll likely spot some trout or an immigrant moose. Afterwards, you can eat lunch at the Waterside Café, which has a view of the pond.

For a change of pace, ditch the museum-like grounds and take to the mountains for an easy hike with your little ones. There are several to choose from that don’t exceed three-and-a-half miles. Panther Mountain, Sawyer Mountain and Gurney Lane Nature Trail are just some of the hikes that are appropriately tame but no less scenic.

For some man-made created excitement, you and your kids have a choice of more than 120 rides at New York’s largest theme park, the 140-acre Great Escape. And when you need to cool off, head over to Splashwater Kingdom, the water park. Rides range from roller coasters to tame railroad car rides, which ensures fun for every family member. For young children, there’s a Storytown-themed kids’ area along with a kiddie pool.

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