An Adirondack woodland sleigh ride

Enjoy three different Adirondack sleigh ride options. (Provided photo — Diane Chase)

The weather might be a tad bit inconsistent, but there are still many activities to check off the winter To-Do list. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride is one of them.

Adirondack Sleigh Rides at Lake Placid’s John Brown Farm, Lucky Clover Sleigh Rides at Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat and the Paul Smith’s College VIC have each put their own twist on a cozy woodland sleigh ride. Please call your chosen location as sleigh rides are weather dependent.

Adirondack Sleigh Rides is owned and operated by Plattsburgh’s Country Dream Farm. Owner Melissa Provost brings her team to the historic John Brown Farm (weather permitting) for a 30-minute loop through woods with views of the Olympic Ski Jumps and Adirondack High Peaks. Sleigh rides are offered by reservation so please call 888-818-2701 or go online at AdirondackSleighRides.com. There are group and private options available so call for a free price quote. There is hot chocolate in the warming shed as well as access to all the John Brown Farm historic sites and trails.

The Paul Smith’s College Horse Draft Club and The VIC have joined forces in offering Holiday Sleigh Rides with dates set through February. Reservations can be booked online at PaulSmiths.edu/vic/programs. Rides are from 10 am to noon on select days. The cost is $15/adults and $10/children for a group sleigh ride.

Nearby Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, Lake Clear has teamed with Lucky Clover Sleigh Rides to offer the full Adirondack Great Camp experience. Sleigh rides are offered by reservation. Some same-day spots are available, but please call to reserve a spot by going to LakeClearLodge.com or calling 518-891-1489. Group sleigh rides are $39/adults, $15/children (5-10), and $5/children (4 and under). The path starts right at the Lodge entrance and meanders through a path with 20-30 lighted old-fashioned kerosene lanterns before circling back along the shores of Lake Clear.

A truly interactive experience is signing up for a Lantern-lit Sleigh Ride/Speakeasy Dinner ($89/adult, $35/children). Be prepared to be stopped by a 1920s bootlegger, be given some age-appropriate “moonshine” and share a password to enter the hidden Speakeasy. Group, dinner/sleigh ride, and private options are all available. Enjoy!

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time guidebook series. For more family-friendly activities, go to AdirondackFamilyTime.com


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