Although upstate New York’s Adirondacks are first and foremost a mountain range, they’re also synonymous with the recreational activities available on its hundreds of lakes, rivers and creeks. Maybe you’re not the most adventurous outdoorsman; or perhaps you just want someone to treat you to an excursion on an Adirondack lake. Either way, there are several cruise boat options in the region that will allow you to sit back and marvel at the beauty around you.
Close to the center of the Adirondack Park, many of the cruises on Raquette Lake are similar in style to the offerings at Lake George and Old Forge throughout the warmer months. But Raquette Lake Navigation (raquettelakenavigation.com) offers something the others don’t — boating in the winter. If you’re expecting the ship to sail, you might be out of luck — but the stationary “ice boat” welcomes visitors with chili, hot cocoa, holiday lights, and fantastic views of the frozen lake on winter weekends. Snowmobilers are especially welcome to pull right up alongside.