Long before the days of theme parks and zip lines, urban-dwellers, referred to as "sports," hired native Adirondack sportsmen for their expertise in hunting and fishing. By the 1850's, the profession was firmly established. Adirondack "guideboats," highly prized by collectors, were fashioned to transport tourists and their gear deep into the interior. Today's guides, now licensed by NYS, are as respected for their expertise as those early Adirondack Guides. Jamie Frasier, owner of Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guide Service, a veteran guide of over thirty years, writes.... " All Guides have a passion for the great outdoors and the folks they are guiding. Having a good time is a must." Find Jamie and other Adirondack Guides listed in Sports/Recreation on our Business Listings pages.
Enjoy our own "virtual" Adirondack Adventure Guides, below. They are designed to introduce you to the wealth of opportunities that await your "actual" visit to the park. Be a good "sport" once here: let the locals know how much you appreciate their skills. You will leave a wonderful "footprint" behind, and be just as appreciated in return!
Wild Center from the Wild Center.
Coexisting alongside the natural splendors of the Adirondacks are an abundance of enjoyable cultural institutions, historic and heritage sites, and other family-friendly destinations. Don't miss out on these enjoyable destinations by using our Attractions Adventure Guide for the Adirondacks. Guide includes helpful checklist.
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The Adirondack Mountains has water for nearly any level of paddling skill level and interest, whether that means a serene flatwater backcountry padding excursion or an advanced whitewater challenge. See our guide for all the Adirondacks-specific paddling information you need to plan your trip and enjoy your adventure. Guide includes helpful checklist.
Algonquin Mountain by Jeff P / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Enjoy one of the most popular activities in the Adirondacks. With thousands of miles of hiking trails to explore, you will never be without an adventure. Use our guide to get all the Adirondacks-specific information you need to have an enjoyable trip. Guide includes helpful checklist.
Biking in the Adirondacks by Missy S. / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0
Take in the sights, sounds, and scents of the Adirondacks while cruising by on your bicycle. See our guide for popular routes both in the towns of the Adirondacks as well as longer routes throughout the park. Guide includes helpful checklist.
NY Bicycle Coalition
Put your skills to the test on mountain biking trails throughout the Adirondack Park. Whether you are interested in biking the challenging single-track trails of the greatest vertical ski drop of the eastern United States (Whiteface) or taking a more leisurely ride on a double-track trail, mountain biking trails exist for all levels of ability in the Adirondack Park. See our guide to help plan your trip. Guide includes helpful checklist.
Cast a line and enjoy a relaxing day in an Adirondack stream as you fish for New York's State Fish, the Brook Trout (pictured above). Or kayak a pristine, remote stream to find your perfect fishing spot. With thousands of lakes, streams, and brooks over roughly 2.5 million acres of state land available for fishing, the possibilities are virtually limitless. Guide includes helpful checklist.