I've been meaning to visit the Adirondack Museum for a while now, but since I haven't been to provide you all with a review, I had a guest blogger do it! Kristen Champion-Terrell talks about her experience there...
We recently took a family trip to the Adirondack Museum
at Blue Mountain Lake with our children, ages 1 and 3, and Grandpa. The museum is set up much like a village, with a large open courtyard in the center. Various exhibits and authentic historic buildings frame the museum courtyard. Much of your time will be spent outdoors – props to museum curators for reinforcing this fact of life in the Adirondacks. The museum provides engaging, hands-on activities for children at every turn, including authentic Adirondack games and toys, craft projects, a stocked trout pond, lean-to and camp structures, a turn-of-the-century steam engine that children can explore, and of course, Adirondack chairs of all sizes! The Great Outdoors exhibit is designed specifically for children and provides a small rock-climbing wall and various creative play opportunities. Slightly older children can climb to the top of the Whiteface Fire Tower. One of our favorite exhibits was the original Reising Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse stocked with craft activities for kids, entertaining photographs, and a knowledgeable volunteer. The traditional outdoor schoolyard is full of authentic Adirondack toys. I loved watching my father play with my daughter – he had a great time showing her how to play with the new toys. Don’t miss the replica Rustic Gazebo, also full of play and learning activities for families.
This museum provides an opportunity for fun and interaction among family members of all ages. If you choose to visit the museum, plan to spend an entire day together enjoying traditional Adirondack activities. After our visit, it is easy to understand why the Adirondacks were considered a turn-of-the-century summer paradise for families.
The museum’s Adirondack Harvest Festival
is this weekend, October 2-3. Don’t miss cider pressing, wagon and pony rides, and music by Bill Hall!Museum Hours:
daily from 10am to 5pm
Open May 28—Oct 18, so get there in the next couple weeks or else wait until next year!!
Rt. 28N & 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812 518-352-7311