Long Lake's and Raquette Lake's unique location in the center of the Adirondacks provides the visitor with a wealth of opportunities of enjoyment for their mountain vacation. Long Lake and Raquette Lake are more than just the gateway to some of the most phenomenal and least-utilized wilderness areas of the Adirondacks. They actually serve two completely diverse groups of visitors.
Long Lake and Raquette Lake visitors can enjoy the relaxing environment and participate in a wealth of activities and events. They may choose from a wide variety of accommodations, such as rustic hotels and lodges built in the early 1900s, housekeeping cottages on the lake, motel rooms or homes on the lake. There are restaurants that cater to many tastes from home cooking to fine dining. There are shops and stores that can supply all your needs while staying in your "home away from home." In short, you can spend your entire vacation right in Long Lake and Raquette Lake.
However, for those who have younger children, Long Lake and Raquette Lake also provide an excellent base from which to explore the attractions of the Adirondacks. Being located in the center of the Adirondacks allows visitors the opportunity to enjoy the more boisterous theme parks. Lake George and the Great Escape are about an hour away, as is Enchanted Forest/Water Slide World.
The Long Lake town beach, situated along Route 30, offers a venue for fun in the sun.
(Enterprise file photo — Lindsay Moore)
Don't forget the Adirondack Museum 9 miles away in Blue Mountain Lake. Described by the New York Times as the "best of its kind in the world," the museum is an excellent place to spend a relaxing day viewing the exhibits. There are three scenic railway services close to Long Lake. The Adirondack Scenic Railway operates two services, one in Old Forge and one in Saranac Lake, and the Upper Hudson Scenic Railway operates an excursion in North Creek.
Long Lake is also home base for two of the few remaining flying services in the Adirondacks. These services can fly you into remote lakes for your wilderness experience, or you can enjoy the scenery of the Adirondacks from the air. Those who take such a scenic flight will gain a true perspective of the area and enjoy its beauty in a way never experienced from the ground.