Day Trip to the Adirondack Museum

by Sandra Foyt on October 4, 2010

in Arts and Culture

adirondack_museum16 The Adirondack Museum is as big and beautiful as its namesake park, and now with twenty-two exhibits, historic buildings, gardens, and special events and exhibits, it’s a place worth visiting again and again.

I’ve been meaning to return to the Adirondack Museum ever since they did the big remodel a couple years back, but since it’s only open June-October (and I’m usually traveling elsewhere in the summer), I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Yesterday, we were in dire need of a relaxing family outing and the Harvest Festival at The Adirondack Museum seemed like the perfect way to enjoy a quiet day amongst the fall foliage. The Harvest Festival was a fun event, especially for the kids, but the museum has much to offer any time.

Activities For Kids At The Harvest Festival

Apple Pressing:


Blacksmithing Demonstration By David Woods of Train Brook Forge:


Wagon Rides from Circle B Ranch:


Pumpkin Painting:


Leaf Pile:


Ongoing Exhibit: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters

Behind every quilt, there’s a story. In this exhibit, “quilts reveal the common threads of Adirondack life,” but kids can help write the story on a freestanding quilt project:


But Wait, There’s More.

A cafe with a jaw dropping view, and the tastiest pulled pork sandwiches.


Hunting lodges, lean-tos, cabins, and a Fishing Camp with luxury amenities that I’d like to have for my own retreat.



There was so much to see and experience on the extensive grounds of the Adirondack Museum, that we couldn’t do it all in one day. We didn’t even try, but if our schedule had permitted, I would’ve liked to take them up on their offer to return for a second FREE visit during the same week.

Visit the Adirondack Museum:

Museum Hours: daily from 10am to 5pm
Open May-October
Rt. 28N & 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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