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School History Trips

Teachers, plan your next local history school trip  aboard the W.W. Durant. Experience the breathtaking scenery and historic Great Camps of the Adirondacks’ largest natural lake.

Itinerary & What You’ll See:

K-6 class trips (minimum 20 students) are one hour in length. (You may have to combine grades or partner with another school to get the minimum of 20 students.)

View Pine Knot (1st Great Camp sold to Collis P Huntington of Southern Pacific RR fame), Echo Camp (Connecticut governor Lounsbury’s “camp”), St. Williams (100 yr+ Catholic church built by Durant and on site of original village of Durant, NY). Around Osprey Island (another 100+ yr old church on St. Hubert’s isle) and back to dock. We usually see a bald eagle on Big Island. The Adirondack Museum has a great display of the transportation system Durant implemented to get people from Raquette Lake to Blue Mt Lake via rail, steamboat and rail and steamboat again!

Then a short drive to Great Camp Sagamore, the Alfred Vanderbilt wilderness estate for over 50 years for a highlights tour: Main Lodge, dining room, and a bowling alley!

  • Cruise ticket price for all passengers is $9.
  • One comp teacher ticket included with every 25 students.
  • Optional: $7 breakfast pizza & root beer float in souvenir mug. Sagamore tour $6 per student; $9 per adult.  One comp adult per 20 students
Sample Schedule:
  • 10 – 11 a.m. Cruise on Raquette Lake (with or without breakfast pizza)
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. Drive to Great Camp Sagamore
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Guided tour Sagamore