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Hi,<br>
My family will be renting a house in Old Forge this summer, with another family. Also, our other friend and her family will be coming up and staying towards then end of the week for 3 nights.<br><br>
We will be renting a house on Old Forge Lake. This will be our 3rd year renting the same house; it is so nice!!!<br><br>
I am looking for any ideas for things to do up there. I have gone up there frequently, but I am hoping that someone else may have a few other ideas that I don't even know about. The ages of kids will range from 9 months up to 9 years.<br><br>
We will be doing the Enchanted Forest one day. We may go to Inlet and swim one day also (as well as to the park on the water right near us).<br><br>
I think the hiking would be too much for all of the kids, but maybe some of the older ones may like to hike up Bald Mountain.<br><br>
I love the drive to Stillwater Reservoir, but once there is it nice to swim?<br><br>
Also, any hotel recommendations for our friend that is coming up at the end of the week? I know there is the big convention center across from Enchanted Forest, the campgrounds and the Forge Motel right near the lake. Does anyone know how the convention center and the Forge Motel are?<br><br>
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Have you checked out the Adirondack Museum - it's not too far from there. My kids enjoy it.<br><br>
If you get to the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari after 3PM, you can go back the next day on the same ticket. We tend to spend a lot of time at the Water Safari.
 

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You threw me for a minute; there's an Old Forge PA too. I couldn't imagine why anyone would vacation there, but I was just going to caution you to beware of the pizza. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:
 

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I don't have anything useful to ad, just wanted to say thanks for this thread! My family rented a house every summer when I was little and we went to all those places...and reading about it made me remember how wonderful those summer were! *sappy tears* Thanks for reminding me of the memories!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Have you checked out the Adirondack Museum - it's not too far from there. My kids enjoy it.<br><br>
If you get to the Enchanted Forest/Water Safari after 3PM, you can go back the next day on the same ticket. We tend to spend a lot of time at the Water Safari.</div>
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Is that the museum in Blue Mountain Lake?<br><br>
If so, is there a beach in that area too for an afternoon swim?
 

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hi, we'll be there a lot this summer too! My father in law has a cabin. The pond has the beach and a small playground. You can take the chairlift up Macauley Mountain, that's fun and a great view of the area. We always do the boat trips that go out from the pond. There's a kids boat trip or just the regular 2 hr trip. You can rent canoes or kayaks and take trips down the moose river..let me ask dh if he can think of anything else..<br><br>
this is my first post on this board so I don't know if I posted right! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have been there dozens of times, BEAUTIFUL! Breathtakingly so...the ONLY place in NYS worth going to. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I KNOW you will LOVE it! Check out Lake George too! SO SO SO much to do up there!
 

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Does anyone know of public swim areas up there besides the one in Old Forge and in Inlet?<br><br><br>
(And this is directed to Megan and Sarah in case you are reading this<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> Yes, I am obsessed (I call it excited), but you will both thank me when we are all up there having fun!!)
 

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Imagine my surprise when i saw this thread. I live in Old Forge...my dh is the manager at McCauley Mt. He grew up here (The Enchanted Forest was his dads brainchild...was sold when he died back in the 70's). I grew up in the high peaks area of the adirondacks.<br><br>
Big and small children will enjoy McCauley... some can hike up.. smaller ones can ride (there is a cost)... bring a picnic and hang out on top, or spend 5 min. There's a playground and some picnic areas at the bottom also.<br>
We canoe alot in the summer.. kids from 10 to 2... Tickner canoe outfitters are the local folks... They'll rent you canoes and do a shuttle for you... We take about 7 hours to canoe a stretch that most do in 3 or so... its a meandering river with little beaches around every corner.. we pretty much stop at them all. HIGHLY reccomended.<br><br>
Let's see..what else. We swim most of the time at the town beach, at the "trail one" bridge (up North Street.. also where you would take out after canoeing) and we also enjoy going to Nicks Lake (state campground).. nice beach and picnic area.<br>
Honestly we don't do the enchanted forest except once a year on Locals day..just not my cup of tea (kids love it, though).<br>
Any of the motels are adequate, depends on what you want to spend and what you want.. the Wtaer Edge(conf center), and Old Forge camping resort are both owned by the enchanted forest owner... they may offer packages.<br>
The Forge motel and Clarks beach motel are both on the Pond... the forge has really cute retro 50's roomswith a huge lawn..overlooking the pond.<br>
i think that reservations are a must in the summer months no matter where you stay, though. If you need any #'s let me know.. I can look them up.<br><br>
There are alot of nice day trips to take, too.. the new wild center in tupper lake is a bit over an hour drive.. haven't been there yet personally.. but have heard its great for kids.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Imagine my surprise when i saw this thread. I live in Old Forge...my dh is the manager at McCauley Mt. He grew up here (The Enchanted Forest was his dads brainchild...was sold when he died back in the 70's). I grew up in the high peaks area of the adirondacks.<br><br>
Big and small children will enjoy McCauley... some can hike up.. smaller ones can ride (there is a cost)... bring a picnic and hang out on top, or spend 5 min. There's a playground and some picnic areas at the bottom also.<br>
We canoe alot in the summer.. kids from 10 to 2... Tickner canoe outfitters are the local folks... They'll rent you canoes and do a shuttle for you... We take about 7 hours to canoe a stretch that most do in 3 or so... its a meandering river with little beaches around every corner.. we pretty much stop at them all. HIGHLY reccomended.<br><br>
Let's see..what else. We swim most of the time at the town beach, at the "trail one" bridge (up North Street.. also where you would take out after canoeing) and we also enjoy going to Nicks Lake (state campground).. nice beach and picnic area.<br>
Honestly we don't do the enchanted forest except once a year on Locals day..just not my cup of tea (kids love it, though).<br>
Any of the motels are adequate, depends on what you want to spend and what you want.. the Wtaer Edge(conf center), and Old Forge camping resort are both owned by the enchanted forest owner... they may offer packages.<br>
The Forge motel and Clarks beach motel are both on the Pond... the forge has really cute retro 50's roomswith a huge lawn..overlooking the pond.<br>
i think that reservations are a must in the summer months no matter where you stay, though. If you need any #'s let me know.. I can look them up.<br><br>
There are alot of nice day trips to take, too.. the new wild center in tupper lake is a bit over an hour drive.. haven't been there yet personally.. but have heard its great for kids.</div>
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I just love it up there. I feel at peace when I am there<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We rent a house on the pond a few houses up from the marina on South Shore Road. It is really nice.<br><br>
I worry about the ski lifts up the Mountain with a little one, but we may try it.<br><br>
We have done the canoe trip before, but not since having dd. That also is so nice!! We have always been the only ones out there.<br><br>
I will have to figure out where the Trail 1 Bridge is. Is it on the river or the lake?<br><br>
Do you know if Stillwater is ok to swim in?<br><br>
My one friend and her family is staying with us at the house and the other is staying in the Forge Motel, she made her reservations already as well. Thank you for the offer for the numbers though!<br><br>
I just have to say again how much I love it there!!
 

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Trail 1 is up North St... Directly across from the pied piper ice cream. If you canoed the moose river you probably took out there. Its not really the greatest swim area for kids... just something a little different.<br><br>
I worked a summer on top of the chair at McCauley when my first ds was born.. he was 2 mos old and we rode the chair every day.... lots of people bring kids of all ages and sizes... but i know what you mean.. it seems a bit nerve-racking.<br><br>
The wild center is a hands on type living museum based on adirondack wildlife... i think they have alot of wild life exhibits and hands on stuff for kids... As i said, I have'nt been there yet, though,. so can't comment from experience.<br><br>
Oh, Theres also tie dye tuesdays at the arts center... for 10 bucks or something kids (and adults) can tie dye a shirt. And i think they have train robberies every tuesday on the adirondack scenic railroad. Our movie theater is pretty cool too.. if you haven't been threre yet.<br><br>
HOpe you enjoy your stay...Please let me know if you need anymore info. I love it here, too... its a great community of people on top of everything else.. and I love when peoplle love coming here!<br><br>
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Oh, yeah, stillwater... you know I don't really know how the swimmming is out there.. I know theres some great beachy camping spots... but you need to get to them by boat... haven't really spent any time out there. sorry.
 

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we come up camping for 2 weeks every august to limekiln lake, have since before i was born (30ish of my family!!) and we just love it. but the spiders at the theater scare me :p last year i had the best gelato ever in inlet, and delish chicken riggies in eagle bay, and i can't wait for august to come!!
 

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I've been to Old Forge more times than I can count and now I'm racking my brain wondering about the stuff there is to do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I haven't been there since my oldest was an infant but I still have family there.<br><br>
Stillwater is pretty swimmable as far as I recall. Bring water shoes to wear...I think the shores were pebble-y.<br><br>
I love walking up and down the main street browsing all of the little tourist shops. And going mini-golfing. And getting some ice cream at the Pied Piper. (is that still there?)<br><br>
And if you haven't dined at the Knotty Pine yet, well, check that out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Chopstickgirl - My grandmother used to live over that theater around the WWII era, if we're thinking of the same downtown theater.<br><br>
BAU3 - Going to send you a PM <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Monkeyfeet - I hope you and your family have a wonderful time! Dh says the Forge Hotel is "not bad".
 

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Hi Barbara (or anyone else that may have the answers),<br>
A few more questions if you do not mind please.<br><br>
Are there nice swim areas in Blue Mountain Lake?<br><br>
Is spending the money to swim at Nick's Lake worth it? We will be directly on Old Forge Pond, so we can swim there. I am just curious if it is exceptionally pretty there or if it is nicer for the kids.<br><br>
I looked up the new Wild Center in Tupper Lake and that looks nice. How far is Tupper Lake from Old Forge? Are there other things to do in Tupper Lake (like swim, shop, etc)?<br><br>
Thank you so much!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> We're heading up to Inlet (about 20 min. north) in a few weeks - we have a camp on Fourth Lake. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> The Enchanted Forest is huge fun and yes everyone loves the Bald Mountain hike. The kids also really like the ADK museum and also we all have gone to see Sagamore a couple of times with them and they actually really like it (and so do we!). Mostly, we just go on walks (Black Bear Mountain, Rocky Mountain, and Moss Lake are 3 other favorites to do with the kids) and hang out on the lake. Bliss!!<br><br><br>
Somewhat OT, but the <b>Woodswoman</b> book series is one I have very much enjoyed. Pretty simple novels, make THE BEST "beach reads" and chronicle a woman's efforts to live simply, Thoreau-style in the woods (of Big Moose Lake it is rumoured, which is near Old Forge). Kind of like Little House on the Prairie for grownups, lol!
 

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6 years ago we were up in Eagle Bay and hiked Cascade Falls and then went to dinner at a restaurant. I thought it was Big Moose Inn but it doesn't fit the description. The place we went to was fairly casual, on a lake, they had great danes that kept escaping out into the dining area and a corner that had a Little Tykes playhouse and other toys. The tables I think were picnic tableish. Any idea what restaurant I'm talking about???
 
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