Scenic Vistas and Friendly Neighbors
Welcome to Saranac Lake, New York – where the air is crisp and the opportunities for adventure are endless. You’ll come for the gorgeous landscape and scenic hikes, but stay for the welcoming community and outstanding quality of life. Downtown Saranac Lake has a creatively charged atmosphere, brimming with shops, eateries, and galleries to explore.
Experience a taste of local history with a self-guided tour of the village’s unique “cure cottage” architecture, or visit the Saranac Laboratory Museum, which features exhibits on local history and science. If you’re a nature lover, the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation is the next stop on your list to learn all about one of the Adirondacks’ most interesting mammals. Enjoy craft brews and cocktails at Bitters and Bones or Hex & Hop. Catch a live show at the Waterhole or grab a bite at one of Saranac Lake’s many eclectic eateries, from The Scullery to Blue Moon Café.
- Decidedly Different
- Outdoor Adventure
- Arts, Culture & Food
Authentically Adirondack and Decidedly Different
Saranac Lake is a place that’s authentically Adirondack and decidedly different. At first glance, it’s an historic village where the lakes and mountains are as accessible as the fresh air.
A closer look reveals a downtown with a lively atmosphere where creative energy flows freely. Art, music, and healthy living help define the culture of this inspiring place, while shops and cafes provide waypoints for connecting with locals.
Here is a hub that connects surrounding communities, and it’s all intertwined with waterways, forests, and roads that roll past one scenic vista after another. This is a place where a beautiful balance is struck: a nature-lover’s paradise infused with bold, fun ideas and originality, all done in a way only Saranac Lakers can pull off.
A Breath of Fresh Air
Lake Flower, located in the center of downtown Saranac Lake, offers over 24 miles of navigable Adirondack lakes and waterways for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Mountain bikers of any experience level can enjoy trails of various difficulty levels, from the beginner-friendly Bloomingdale Bog Trail to the challenging Mount Pisgah. For a more relaxed outdoor adventure, Saranac Lake also offers great opportunities for birding at Bloomingdale Bog, Madawaska Pond, Floodwood Road, or on a hike up Baker Mountain. Or, enjoy a day of golfing at Saranac Inn Golf Club. During the colder months, Saranac Lake becomes a winter wonderland of cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and snowshoeing. No matter what time of year you decide to explore Saranac Lake, there will always be plenty to see and enjoy!
A Taste of Saranac Lake
Home to an expansive list of eateries, galleries, museums and more, Saranac Lake offers diverse attractions for every type of explorer. Looking for live performances? Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake is an award-winning professional theatre and the only year-round professional repertory in the Adirondacks. If you’re more interested in fine art, Saranac Lake is also home to a host of galleries, including the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery, NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, Historic Saranac Lake Gallery and many more. Saranac Lake ArtWorks is a not-for-profit organization that uses the arts to promote local communities – and to connect audiences to local artists. This region is also known for its health and wellness offerings, from a spa day to yoga classes. Top-tier dining choices range from casual options like brunch at Blue Moon Café to more upscale establishments like The Fiddlehead Bistro or Left Bank Cafe.
Fueling the Future of Franklin County
Saranac Lake Central School District operates four schools in the region: Saranac Lake High School, Saranac Lake Middle School, Petrova Elementary School and Bloomingdale Elementary School. These excellent public schools offer top-tier education for grades K-12. Learn more by visiting the school websites below.
- Saranac Lake High School
- Saranac Lake Middle School
- Petrova Elementary School
- Bloomingdale Elementary School
Meanwhile, North Country Community College has a diverse array of programs and courses to fit any college student’s needs. Students seeking a flexible schedule can choose from full-time, part-time, evening and online class schedules – with degree programs ranging from criminal justice to nursing to environmental science.
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