Activities on site and nearby
When we are at Camp Loony, we like to spend most of our time at the camp but there is also so much to do in nearby towns like Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Wilmington, Montreal and more! One of our favorite activities is to explore Loon Lake by canoe or kayak. We provide a large tandem kayak, a couple canoes and a row boat along with all paddles, adult life vests (children require specific fit so please bring life vests for any children and they must wear them when in boats, it is optional but recommended for adults.) The fishing is amazing on the lake with plenty of small mouth bass, perch and northern pike and a few elusive but massive large mouth bass and you may even catch a trout or two near one of the lake inlets or outlets. The water is crisp, clean and refreshing which makes swimming a real treat. You can dive right off the dock or enter at the gradual sandy bottom area just next to the dock. There is a fire pit with comfortable Adirondack chairs and wood is provided.
Take a hike up Crusher Mountain right from the front door and you'll be at the top in about 45 minutes or quicker with a great view of the lake and surrounding mountains. There are plenty of places you can hike or mountain bike directly from the front door of Camp Loony. Loon Lake has lots of historic buildings, mostly at the south end of the lake, from the Great Camp boom and was a favorite summer vacation spot to 3 US Presidents. In the event of a rainy day you will find plenty of space in the house for the whole family to stretch out, relax and enjoy the many amenities. There is satellite TV and internet, a book collection, board games, ping pong and air hockey up in the game room.
The Wild Center in Tupper Lake
The Wild Center allows visitors to explore the allure of the surrounding environment, while still having an informative experience. Inside the center, visitors will be exposed to the wildlife that makes the area their home, as well as a variety of exhibits that explore the natural history of the Adirondacks. Outside, both guided kayak and stand up paddle-board excursions are available. You can also easily explore the many trails located on the property, which are all extremely well maintained. Another notable experience outside is going on the “Wild Walk”, a trail of bridges spanning across the Adirondack Forest. Here visitors can climb up to an eagles nest with a breathtaking view, or swing on rope bridges hanging high amongst the trees.
Overall the Wild Center is the perfect destination for those interested in natural history and animals, as well as beautiful views.
Visit the website for more details http://www.wildcenter.org/
Adirondack Carousel in Saranac Lake
In 2001, Karen and a committed group of local residents, supported by the close-knit community-minded people in the small village of Saranac Lake, met to address the logistics. That same year the project became a reality and the group incorporated and was granted not-for profit status.
The staff and board of the Adirondack Carousel worked tirelessly, recruiting woodcarvers to donate their skills and sponsors to underwrite the cost of production, met with local government groups, and worked with the community, local artists, builders and volunteers to garner support. The response to the search for woodcarvers was immediate, and in 2006 the Village of Saranac Lake generously donated land at the historic William Morris Park for the Carousel’s permanent home.
Humbly overwhelmed and excited at the outpouring of so many generous donations of in-kind services and materials, ensuring The Adirondack Carousel, when completed, would be truly “built with community hands,” the organization broke ground on June 20, 2011.
Karen’s dream has become a reality, and has expanded to include a year-round 3,600 sq. ft. pavilion that houses the full-size carousel, as well as gallery/workshop/classroom space. Outside the building is a playground and beautiful pathways constructed from personal, permanently engraved pavers sold as part of the fundraising efforts. Twenty-four handcrafted wildlife animals (18 of which are displayed at one time) and a wheelchair-accessible chariot (a Chris Craft boat) grace the Carousel. In Fall 2011, the Saranac Lake Central School district elementary students voted and named the animals. Local artists hand painted the decorative panels and separating medallions at the top of the Carousel with area scenes and local flora; a local blacksmith created and forged the weather-vane that sits atop the main cupola; a local carpenter built the ticket/sales counter and and countless volunteers painted and stained inside and out.
The Adirondack Carousel, a unique Adirondack gathering place, officially opened its doors in 2012.
There is more info here, http://www.adirondackcarousel.org/
Suggested Restaurants and Farmer's Markets
Although Lakeview Deli is known for it's dine in or take out subs, sandwiches, soups and salads, we also offer a wide variety of hot and cold items for hors d'oeuvres, dinners, barbecues and...
Location: 137 River St , Saranac Lake , 12983 Phone: (518) 891-2101
Corner of Route 3 & Main Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Saturdays from June 4 to October 15
9:00AM to 2:00PM
St. Agnes Elementary School Parking Lot
2322 Saranac Avenue
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Wednesdays from June 28 to October 18
9:00AM to 1:00PM
Paul Smith's Farmers' Market
June 27 - September 12
Fridays: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Market Manager: Janet Burl (518) 483-6863
The Paul Smith's Farmers' Market features fresh vegetables and berries in season, breads and other baked goods, herbs, jams and jellies and plants..
This market is great for summer residents and visitors heading home after a wonderful week in the Adirondacks. While we do offer great fresh produce of course, this market also features a large selection of fine crafts - easy to transport and great for gifts and remembrances.