Fall in Love With Tupper Lake
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 outdoor spaces allow everyone in the family to get up close and personal with nature.
The Wild Center is unlike any other attraction in the Adirondacks, and something people of all ages will enjoy. Take a leisurely stroll on the Wild Walk and enjoy the sounds, smells, and colors of fall in the North Country. Reservations for the Wild Center need to be made by purchasing tickets ahead of time online. Masks are required for those who are unvaccinated.
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 community has 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-roof 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! On top of that, the cool evenings and low humidity of autumn makes for even better sky viewing!
Hiking & 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! With fewer bugs, pleasant temperatures, and of course fall foliage, fall is the perfect time to tackle the Triad challenges.
Fueling up for all of your Tupper Lake adventures is important, especially with so much to see and do. Luckily, Tupper Lake can scratch whatever food and drink itch you have!
From homemade donuts at the laundromat (yes, really!) to an end of day beer at Raquette River Brewing, Tupper Lake has delicious food for all tastes. And since we've got months and months before bathing suit season comes around again, go ahead and give your mouth an unforgettable vacation as well!
As the days get shorter, the nights get cooler, and the bugs disappear, Mother Nature begins one of her most famous shows: Adirondack fall foliage.
Just driving around Tupper Lake there will be an almost infinite color palette of reds, greens, yellows, and oranges, but for a real treat get off the road and onto the water or trail. And with plenty of options for both aquatic and land-based adventures in the fall, Tupper Lake is the perfect place to take in the magnificent scenery.
From slow moving rivers to the tallest mountains in the state, Tupper Lake's options for leaf peeping are unmatched. Rent a canoe or bring your own, or hit the trail at whatever pace you like, autumn in Tupper Lake has to be seen to be believed.
Start planning your fall vacation today!