Looking for the perfect gift? Forget wrapping paper and bows. Instead, think outside of the box and gift an Adirondack adventure instead of material things. Need inspiration? If your recipient enjoys outdoor adventure, then they may like to go:
- Hiking – Gift someone a day of quality time spent together on the trail. Pick a hike appropriate for the recipient and the weather, and remember to pack the 10 hiking essentials. Consider a DEC First Day Hike and get ready to enjoy the views.
- Birdwatching – Gift a pair of binoculars or plan on visiting one of the many sites on the New York State Birding Trail. Don’t forget to take photos and log the types of feathered friends you encounter.
- Fishing – Find the perfect Adirondack fishing hole and go on a quest to catch the big one. Gift a Fishing Trip Coupon (PDF) to spend time with your favorite angler. Appropriate licenses are needed and can make a much-appreciated gift as well. Check fishing regulations to make sure your catch is in-season.
- Rock and ice climbing – For those looking to go to new heights, rock and ice climbing are physically and mentally demanding sports. The Adirondacks offers many challenging rock and ice routes. If you’re new to the sport, consider hiring a New York State Licensed Guide.
- Snowmobiling – Snowmobiling in the Adirondacks offers the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of trail experiences. Use DECinfo Locator to plan your route, remember protective gear, and bring your sense of adventure.
- Skiing and snowshoeing – In addition to skiing on public lands, the Adirondacks is home to several State-owned ski areas. Your gift can include passes and ski or snowshoe equipment rentals. State-owned skiing opportunities in the Adirondacks include:
Now that you’re inspired, make your adventure list and check it twice. To find the perfect location, check out DEC’s State Recreation Lands. If you don’t have gear, consider renting or borrowing.
Photo at top courtesy of the NYS DEC.