Summertime and the living is amazing
Picture it: warm, golden sunlight reflecting a lake. The call of birds flying overhead, the babble of a tumbling river. You breathe the fresh air in and you smell...donuts? Yes! Summer in Tupper Lake is all about outdoor fun in the sweet magic of summer. From beachtime to nighttime stargazing, hiking to paddling, summer in Tupper Lake is beautiful, relaxing, and thanks to the donuts and summer ice cream, oh so tasty.
Little Wolf Beach
The town-operated Little Wolf Beach and Campground is the perfect place to spend a day basking in the hot summer sun. Situated on Little Wolf Pond, the public beach offers restrooms, a lifeguarded swimming area, volleyball and basketball courts, and a shaded picnic area and pavilion. This is ultimate Adirondack family fun, whether you're building sandcastles, splashing and swimming, or racing around the playground. It's also the perfect spot for a family picnic or gathering!
Part of the complex includes the campground, which contains 50 sites - most of which have water, electric, and sewer hookups! There are also quiet tent sites for those looking for a more rustic experience, but all campers have access to showers and restrooms.
The deep, dark skies of the Adirondacks have drawn stargazers for decades. With no large cities around, there is very little light pollution. And thanks to the efforts of some local residents, Tupper Lake takes it even further. The town and village have spent the better part of the last two decades working to keep the skies dark so that the stars are more visible.
This dark skies initiative was led by the Adirondack Sky Center and Observatory, which is located adjacent to Little Wolf Beach. The rollback building houses four mounted telescopes, and regularly hosts events for the public. So whether you're an avid stargazer with your own telescope or just want to spend a pleasant night under dark but beautiful skies, Tupper Lake is the place to be!
The Wild Center
Even with so much to do in Tupper Lake, The Wild Center alone is worth the trip. Ecology and natural history come alive, and the expansive outdoor spaces allow everyone in the family to get up close and personal with nature. This summer, The Wild Center will continue to bring the public tons of programs, but most will be outside or online.
The Wild Center is unlike any other attraction, and something people of all ages will enjoy. Paddle the oxbow to get an otter's view of the world, stroll the incredible Wild Walk, explore the iForest trail, and enjoy special activities. The Wild Center is a place you'll want to visit more than once!
Hiking and Paddling Challenges
The Adirondacks are home to thousands of trails and thousands of paddling opportunities. But only in Tupper Lake can you earn patches for completing three of each!
Tupper Lake is home to two challenges: the Tupper Lake Triad hiking challenge and the brand-spanking new paddling Triad! The hiking challenge requires hikers to climb three peaks near Tupper Lake - Mount Arab, Coney Mountain, and Goodman Mountain. Each hike is short and family-friendly, and most groups will have no problem completing it in an unhurried day.
The paddling Triad is brand new this year, and requires aquaphiles to hit the water on three routes: Paddle the Stony Creek Ponds to Axton Landing, the Raquette River from the Crusher to the Tupper Lake Boat Launch or Rod and Gun Club, and Raquette Pond to Setting Pole Dam. With three beautiful hikes and three fantastic stretches of flatwater, you'll want to earn both patches before you leave!
The allure of Tupper Lake's downtown will likely mean it's bustling with people. But there are plenty of easy places to go if you want to be in the great wide open.
While Tupper Lake's Municipal Park may also be a hive of activity, with a playground, athletic fields, a bandshell with live music, and the famed Woodsmen's Days, it's so open that there will still be plenty of room to stretch out and have a little piece of paradise all to yourself.
Looking to wash away the stress of everyday life? Then take a quick trip to Bog River Falls, a place along the Bog River where there are soothing cascades, a picturesque stone bridge, and far fewer worries than at home.
Piercefield Flow is a dammed part of the Raquette River, and offers a beautiful setting for fishing or just kicking back. The paddling here is wonderful, as are the wildlife and bird watching!
Tupper Lake knows adventure, and it knows hearty, tasty food. Whatever your cravings are when you're in town, you're sure to find something that will more than satisfy! From comforting diner-style breakfasts to leisurely dinners, sophisticated plates to an old fashioned donut, the dining options in Tupper Lake cover plenty of bases for summer deliciousness.
Whether you're looking for a romantic meal for two or something the whole family can dig into, explore dining options that are all locally-owned, operated, and crafted with your appetite in mind!
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