Family Fun for Presidents’ Day Weekend

Winter Family Fun Day

Photograph courtesy of Fort Ticonderoga

Opening day may be months away, but a handful of events over the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend and beyond offer a rare opportunity to experience some of the Adirondacks’ top seasonal attractions in winter.

The Adirondack Museum, in Blue Mountain Lake, opens its doors for FrostFest, February 13–21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of its permanent and special exhibitions will be viewable to the public for free, and there will be family-friendly activities both indoors and out, including scavenger hunts, a s’mores-making station, creating miniature snow forts and ice castles, and family photos inside a life-sized snow globe. On February 19, naturalist Ed Kanze will lead a short snowshoe hike from the museum grounds to Minnow Pond; advance registration required.

The fun continues after hours on February 16, when the museum hosts a “Skywatch” star party as part of the Indian Lake SnoCade festival. Beginning at 7 p.m., amateur astronomer Jamie Thomas will give a free presentation on the winter night sky. Bring flashlights and binoculars to spot constellations and planets, weather permitting.

On February 13, Fort Ticonderoga is holding a Winter Family Fun Day, a chance to experience the season in 18th-century style. See where French and American soldiers shivered in wooden huts awaiting the British invasion on a snowshoe tour of the historic grounds; ice skate alongside a scouting soldier on frozen Lake Champlain; taste the troops’ favorite breakfast treat, hot chocolate; and take a sledding run to discover how Native American toboggans made hauling gear in winter easier. Bring your own skates, sleds and snowshoes.

Great Camp Santanoni, in Newcomb, is hosting one of three winter open houses from February 13 to 15 (the first was held in January, and the third will be March 12 and 13). Ski or snowshoe the 9.8-mile round-trip to this national historic landmark, built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the prominent Pruyn family. Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) will be offering interpretive tours of the buildings, and the Artist’s Studio will be open as a warming hut with hot beverages. Snowshoes will be available to borrow free of charge at the Gate Lodge. The open house coincides with Newcomb’s WinterFest on February 13, including free winter activities like ice fishing and fat-tire-biking demonstrations, snowmobile rides, a square dance and more.


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