Tuesday, April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related reopenings in the Adirondacks

Updated on 5/22

As we move closer to summer, many attractions that were closed last summer are looking ahead to reopening this year. Same goes with the many annual events that people have come to expect throughout the summer and fall months.

For example, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake. While they have been open, visitors have been limited to outdoor attractions such as the Wild Walk. The facility will close for maintenance in April and reopening in May. The museum will remain an outdoor experience through June and reopen on July 1.

“The summer is going to be chock-a-block full with outdoor activities, fishing experiences. We’ll have some surprises for people, but it will be another wonderful get-outside experience,” said Hillarie Logan-Dechene, deputy director. For now, the Wild Center will continue to use its ticket reservation system for people to schedule their visits in advance, and masks will still be required.
Here’s a look at what’s in store for some other attractions and events around the region.
We’ll be adding to this list as we go. Send announcements and updates to editor@adirondackalmanack.com.

Read what Enchanted Forest Water Safari in Old Forge is planning this year when they reopen on June 18.

Great Escape Water Park/Lodge (Queensbury) https://www.sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com/  – The lazy river, Tak-It-Eesi-Creek & children’s activity pool, Tip-A-Kanu-Beach are now open Friday through Sunday. The remaining attractions in the indoor lodge opened up March 26, Monday through Friday from 9am to 9pm.

Great Escape Theme Park https://www.sixflags.com/greatescape – opened May 1

Adirondack History Museum in Elizabethtown http://www.adkhistorymuseum.org/ – opened on Memorial Day.

Adirondack Experience Museum in Blue Mountain Lake https://www.theadkx.org/the-adkx-and-covid-19/ – Summer 2021

Adirondack Lake Center for the Arts (Blue Mountain Lake) Opening on May 31 (Memorial day weekend)

View Arts Center (Old Forge) https://www.viewarts.org/ – Open Monday – Saturday 10am to 4pm and closed on Sundays.

Ausable Chasm (Port Kent) https://www.ausablechasm.com/ – Open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.

Fulton County Historical Society and Museum http://fultoncountyhistoricalsociety.org/ – opening up June 2 – June 27, Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm. July 1 – Labor Day, Thursdays – Sundays, 12-4pm. ​

Clinton County Historical Association Museum (Plattsburgh) https://www.clintoncountyhistorical.org/ –  anticipated on opening June 20.

The Sembrich https://thesembrich.org/ – Summer 2021

Depot Theatre http://www.depottheatre.org/ – Live performances start July 2nd.

Ausable River Association https://www.ausableriver.org/ – Guided river tours now open.

Hancock House Museum https://www.ausableriver.org/ – Opening on June 2nd, from 10am to 4pm daily.


Essex County Fair https://www.essexcountyfair.org/ – Will be held on Aug. 18-22, 2021.

90 Miler Canoe Race– Anticipated on being held on Sept. 10, 11 and 12 on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

Pendragon Theatre (Saranac Lake)- Anticipated live shows outside starting in May.

Ironman (Lake Placid) https://www.ironman.com/im-lake-placid – Triathlon set for July 25; regular tickets sold out.

Adirondack Nationals Car Show– Sept. 9-11, 2021

Ticonderoga Triathlon Festival- June 19, 2021

CATS Northern Pathways Challenge www.champlainareatrails.com beginning on June 5th, 2021

Ride for the River www.bikeadirondacks.com/events/ride-river July 18th, 2021

Hancock House Program on Black Voting Rights – June 18th, 2021 at 7pm


Adirondack Wine & Food Festival– Originally slated for June 26 and 27, 2021. Postponed until 2022.


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32 Responses

  1. Jim Weir says:

    I think your site is very informative.

  2. Robert Kibbey says:

    Thank you for these updates.

  3. Rocket says:

    Why would the State close Cobble Lookout which is a kid friendly short hike and still leave Cascade MTN open?? I see 10-15 cars their every weekend when I go to survey falcons nesting. Is the State afraid to close a high peak?? What BS

  4. Janet Stratton says:

    Thank you for this information!


  5. Nancy Grosselfinger says:

    Great Camp Sagamore’s website says it is delaying opening until July 2020. This website says it is ‘closed’. Which is more accurate please?

  6. Steve says:

    There is an error in the report. The trail to Cobble Hill in Lake Placid is closed. This trail crosses Northwood School property. The Cobble Lookout Trail in Wilmington is open.

  7. Joseph DeGirolamo says:

    We have a camp on 3rd lake and we launch our boat in Hollywood hills and 1st lake is that still open? What is it

  8. kevin kielar says:

    If it’s NOT a NYS/DEC campground can they still open?

  9. Traci Schuck says:

    Will Lake George entertainment on Canada st be closed around may 15?

  10. Jennifer brammer says:

    Will lake Harris campground be opening.

    • At this point, we can only hope campgrounds will be opening on schedule. Will depend on when social distancing restrictions are opening back up.

  11. Susan says:

    NYS campgrounds are currently open.

  12. Laurie says:

    The Lake George Steamboat Company opens for the season today, 6/13.

  13. Brian says:

    Curious about the reasoning behind not allowing new reservations to be made once it has been decided a campground can be opened? I’ve been camping on Narrow Island for years; but looks like i’ll be locked out this year. Very frustrating for a resident camper who lives less than 20 miles from the campground. Also curious about the perceived threat of virus spread on island campsites; which are spread farther apart and have dedicated outhouses?

  14. Michael Bendaravicius says:

    What about airborne and Mohawk Raceway when are we able to go to tracks watch racing

  15. Bob Wilson says:

    Is the Wild Center in Tupper Lake open ? I’ve read about just the outside visits are o.k.; but is the Museum actually open to the public ?

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