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.
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.
Even with so much to do in Tupper Lake, The Wild Center alone is worth the trip. Live otters, turtles, and fish swim and live just inches from kid-accessible viewing platforms. Ecology and natural history come alive, and 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. Relax in the cool theater for a short film, browse the huge selection of Adirondack and nature books in the gift shop, or let the kids feel a glacier with their own hands! With an on-site restaurant, the incredible Wild Walk, crafts and activities, and live animal exhibits, The Wild Center is a place you’ll want to visit more than once!
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 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 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 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, an amphitheater 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!
Everybody’s gotta eat, right? Even kids that may be picky eaters or hesitant to try new things. Luckily, Tupper Lake is home to kid-friendly eating options that the pickiest of eaters will love.
Summer and soft serve ice cream go together like, well, like summer and ice cream! Skyline Ice Cream on the edge of town serves up the cold stuff, but also has North Country favorites like Michigans, burgers and fries, ice cream pies, and milkshakes. It’s the perfect place for a quick cone or a full dinner in the summer air!
Ok, so most people don’t go to a laundromat for food. But that’s because they’ve never been to The Washboard! An eclectic mix of business ideas make up one of Tupper Lake’s most beloved stops, and kids will love the unique bragging rights they’ll get from chowing down on a fresh maple-bacon donut!
For a retro meal with a laid-back feel, visit Ohana’s 1950’s Diner. With authentic decor from the milkshake glasses right up to the jukebox, Ohana’s feels like stepping back in time. A kid-friendly menu and delectable desserts make this a great place for everyone from the kids to Grandma and Grandpa! There’s even rumors of ghosts in the restaurant, so keep a lookout and see if the kids can find anything spooky!