Saranac Lake


Saranac Lake

Spend time in Saranac Lake and you may never want to leave!

Saranac Lake is a storied village rich in history, creativity, and promise. Immerse yourself in the energetic downtown vibe or head for the mountains to hike, bike, or paddle. For years visitors have been coming to our place to heal, explore, and learn and we invite you to do the same. You’ll find a community of helpful, hardworking individuals who love the area and the small-town atmosphere.

Saranac Lake was awarded All-America City designation in 1998, as well as making the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Distinctive Destinations list in 2006. Saranac Lake has even been touted by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as a “Best Place to Live.” With a natural environment that’s a water-lover’s paradise, rich history, vibrant art scene, and an intact and resilient downtown, it is easy to see why.

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Living Here

After spending time in Saranac Lake, you may find it hard to leave. Consider relocating here as an entrepreneur, student, professional, or in retirement. You’ll find the sense of place embraces you, just like it does for us. With two colleges, exceptional healthcare facilities, and business opportunities you may find that Saranac Lake is the home you’ve been looking for. Today, people live and visit Saranac Lake for the same reasons they did 100 years ago – fresh air, healing woods, and the welcoming, friendly community. 


Decidedly Different

Small towns across the country usually share some common traits. You’ve heard them before: a sense of community, volunteerism, a slower pace of living, being there for each other — the things that separate us from big-city life.


But Saranac Lake prides itself on being decidedly different. What does that mean? Here are some examples:



One of the country’s oldest winter festivals, our carnival features a giant ice palace, constructed every winter by a crew of community volunteers — they call themselves the “International Palace Workers 101” — who brave frigid temperatures to create carnival’s signature visual. The 10-day event includes a ladies’ fry pan toss competition (which is exactly as it sounds), themed parade, live music every night, snow rugby, and plenty of other weird festivities.


Winter Carnival may be our best-known bash, but it’s far from the only game in town. Music on the Green, 90 Miler, and Can-Am Rugby are perennial favorites, too.

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Whitewater paddling, mountain biking down the side of a ski slope, a 10-day backpacking trip — these are all great ways to enjoy the outdoors. In Saranac Lake, we want you to enjoy the outdoors, no matter your comfort level or financial situation.


We have a year-round, multi-use recreational center at Dewey Mountain that features cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Newcomers to paddling can try their hand at canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding right in town on Lake Flower or the Saranac River.

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You won’t find a mall or box store here, but you will find our amazing locally owned independent shops. Whether you are looking for that special homemade soap, a wool sweater, a fat tire bike, a good book, or a board game — our shops have what you need.

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Outdoor dining with a view of the mountains, cozy drinks by the fire, or local music to entertain you while eating; the choice is yours and we are sure you will not be disappointed!

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We are surrounded by art in our area both in our natural landscape as well as the galleries, studios, quirky bug sculptures, and art events throughout the year.

  • Housing
  • Quality Schools
  • Access to Good Jobs
  • Safety
  • Open Spaces And Public Places
  • Cultural Opportunities
  • Connection And Mobility
  • Well-Maintained Infrastructure

Finding a place to call home is an integral part of building a life in any community. Our community is characterized by diverse and welcoming neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm and character. No matter where you choose to settle, you’ll find friendly neighbors and a true sense of belonging.

Fixer Uppers / Vacant Homes: For those with a knack for renovation and a vision for transforming spaces, Saranac Lake offers opportunities to breathe new life into fixer-uppers and vacant homes. Tap into your creativity and turn a neglected property into your dream home. Unleash your inner DIY enthusiast and make your mark on our community while enjoying the satisfaction of restoring a piece of our town’s history.

Code Enforcement / Building Permit Contact Info: Maintaining the integrity and safety of our community is of utmost importance. If you have questions or need information regarding building permits, code enforcement, or any construction-related matters, our dedicated department is here to assist you. Contact Saranac Lake’s Code Enforcement Office to ensure that your projects align with local regulations and contribute to the overall quality of our community.

Quality Schools

When it comes to choosing a place to settle down and raise a family, access to quality education is of paramount importance. In Saranac Lake, we recognize the significance of providing a solid foundation for the next generation, preparing them for a successful future in college and/or the workforce. With an array of exceptional schools and esteemed colleges in the area, our community is dedicated to ensuring that every student receives a first-rate education.

Saranac Lake Central School District: The Saranac Lake Central School District is at the heart of our educational landscape, offering a comprehensive curriculum and a nurturing environment for students to thrive. Committed to academic excellence, the district provides a wide range of programs and extracurricular activities to foster holistic growth. From early childhood education to high school graduation, Saranac Lake Central School District instills a love of learning and equips students with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen paths.

St. Bernard’s School: For families seeking a faith-based education, St. Bernard’s School offers a warm and supportive learning environment. Grounded in Christian values, this esteemed institution provides rigorous academics, character development, and spiritual growth. With a focus on individualized attention and a sense of community, St. Bernard’s School prepares students to excel academically, morally, and socially.

Northern Lights School: At Northern Lights School, a Montessori-inspired approach to education sets the stage for a transformative learning experience. Emphasizing hands-on learning, independence, and a love for discovery, this alternative educational option caters to the unique needs and learning styles of each student. Through individualized instruction and a supportive community, Northern Lights School cultivates a passion for lifelong learning and personal growth.

Saranac Lake is not just a place for primary and secondary education; it is also home to distinguished colleges that offer a wide range of higher education opportunities.

North Country Community College: North Country Community College provides accessible higher education options for students in a supportive and inclusive environment. With associate degree programs, certificate programs, and transfer opportunities, the college equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue their career aspirations or continue their education at a four-year institution.

Paul Smith’s College: For those seeking a unique college experience amidst the beauty of nature, Paul Smith’s College is the perfect choice. Known for its hands-on, experiential learning approach, Paul Smith’s College offers degree programs in fields such as environmental science, hospitality, forestry, and culinary arts. Immerse yourself in the stunning Adirondack Mountains while pursuing a quality education that prepares you for a fulfilling career.

We believe in the transformative power of education. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment where students can flourish academically, socially, and personally. Saranac Lake offers a diverse range of options to meet the unique needs and aspirations of every student. Explore the exceptional schools and esteemed colleges that call our community home, and experience firsthand the commitment to educational excellence that defines our town.

Access to Good Jobs

We recognize that people thrive when they can work close to where they live, fostering a sense of belonging and creating a vibrant local economy. With a diverse range of major employers, government agencies, coworking spaces, and entrepreneurial opportunities, Saranac Lake offers a wealth of career options that will keep you engaged, fulfilled, and rooted in our town.

Major Employers: Our community is home to a thriving job market, with several major employers providing a wide range of employment opportunities. Companies such as Adirondack Health, Trudeau Institute, Bionique, and Saranac Lake School District offer rewarding careers in healthcare, research, and education. Join these esteemed organizations and contribute to the growth and success of our community while advancing your own professional journey.

Government Agencies: Government agencies play a vital role in shaping the community and providing stable employment opportunities. Saranac Lake is proud to host various government agencies that offer diverse career paths in areas such as administration, law enforcement, public services, and more. These agencies provide opportunities for individuals to make a meaningful impact on the lives of our residents and contribute to the betterment of our community.

Remote Workers: For those embracing the remote work lifestyle, Saranac Lake offers a dedicated coworking space: The Carry. This collaborative environment provides a professional workspace, high-speed internet, and a supportive community for remote workers. Enjoy the flexibility of working remotely while benefiting from the networking opportunities and shared resources that The Carry offers. Work close to home while remaining connected to a community of like-minded professionals.

Entrepreneurs: Saranac Lake is a haven for entrepreneurs, offering a range of commercial properties and real estate listings for those looking to establish or expand their businesses. Our supportive ecosystem encourages innovation and provides resources for entrepreneurs to thrive. Whether you’re in retail, hospitality, technology, or any other industry, Saranac Lake offers an environment where your entrepreneurial dreams can take flight.

We understand that having access to good jobs is not only about financial stability but also about personal fulfillment and professional growth. By working in Saranac Lake, you’ll have the opportunity to live and work in a community that values your contributions and offers a fulfilling work-life balance.


When it comes to choosing a place to live and visit, safety is a top priority for individuals and families alike. In Saranac Lake, we understand the significance of feeling secure and protected in your surroundings. With dedicated police, fire, and rescue services, we have prioritized creating a safe and nurturing environment for our residents and visitors.

Police Services: Our diligent and professional police force works tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of our community. Committed to maintaining law and order, they patrol our streets, respond to emergencies, and provide assistance whenever needed. You can rest easy knowing that our highly trained officers are always vigilant, working day and night to keep Saranac Lake a safe place to live and visit.

Fire Services: When it comes to fire safety, we have a dedicated team of firefighters who are ready to respond to any emergency. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and extensive training, our firefighters are prepared to handle all types of situations, ensuring the protection of lives and property.

Rescue Services: In times of crisis or medical emergencies, our efficient and skilled rescue services play a vital role in providing immediate assistance. From providing emergency medical care to performing life-saving interventions, our rescue teams are always at the forefront, ready to lend a helping hand. Their expertise and compassion ensure that residents and visitors receive the necessary support when they need it the most.

We take great pride in our comprehensive safety measures and the dedicated individuals who serve our community. Their unwavering commitment to our well-being allows us to fully embrace the beauty and opportunities that our destination has to offer. Embrace the peace of mind that comes with residing or exploring Saranac Lake, where safety is our collective responsibility.

Open Spaces And Public Places

In Saranac Lake, we believe that open spaces and public places are the lifeblood of a thriving community. We understand the significance of having places to gather, recreate, and foster connections with others, as it is essential to our overall well-being and quality of life. Prepare to immerse yourself in the beauty of our natural landscapes and vibrant public spaces, where locals come together to play, relax, and embrace the outdoors.

Dewey Mountain: Dewey is a beloved gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. This picturesque recreation center boasts expansive trails. With Cross Country Skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and mountain biking in the summer. You’ll find 12 months of fun at Dewey Mountain!

Pisgah Mountain: Pisgah is a year-round recreation hub. Pisgah is a classic “small town” Adirondack skiing spot. In warmer months, these ski slopes transform into an excellent system of mountain biking trails!

Other Parks and Trails: Beyond Dewey and Pisgah, Saranac Lake is home to a multitude of parks and trails that beckon you to discover their hidden gems. Whether you’re seeking a quiet escape or an invigorating adventure, our extensive network of green spaces has something for everyone. From neighborhood parks with playgrounds and picnic areas to scenic trails that offer breathtaking views, you’ll find countless opportunities to connect with nature, stay active, and create cherished memories.

We understand that the importance of open spaces and public places goes beyond physical health. These spaces serve as the backdrop for community events, concerts, festivals, and cultural celebrations that bring people together and foster a sense of belonging. As you explore Saranac Lake’s parks and trails, you’ll often stumble upon vibrant gatherings and shared experiences that reflect the true essence of our community spirit.

Cultural Opportunities

Saranac Lake is not just a place; it’s a cultural haven where music, art, dance, theater, museums, and sports flourish. We understand the intrinsic value of these cultural opportunities in fostering creativity, community, and personal growth. Prepare to be captivated by the diverse range of experiences that await you in our dynamic destination.

Saranac Lake Surge: Sports enthusiasts will find their home with the Saranac Lake Surge, our local baseball team. Experience the excitement of cheering on our talented athletes as they take to the field, showcasing their skills and dedication. Be a part of the electric atmosphere and revel in the collective joy that comes with supporting our home team.

Youth Sport Leagues: We believe in nurturing the passions and talents of our younger generation. Our youth sports leagues provide a platform for children to develop their skills, forge friendships, and learn invaluable life lessons through sportsmanship and teamwork. Witness their growth and celebrate their achievements as they embark on their athletic journeys.

Saranac Historic Laboratory: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Saranac Lake at the Saranac Historic Laboratory. This iconic site serves as a tribute to our scientific heritage and the groundbreaking discoveries made within its walls. Explore interactive exhibits, learn about significant medical advancements, and gain a deeper appreciation for the incredible minds that have shaped our community.

Adirondack Loon Center: Nature and culture come together seamlessly at the Adirondack Loon Center. Discover the fascinating world of these iconic birds through exhibits, presentations, and educational programs. Gain a deeper understanding of the intricate ecological balance that exists within our region and witness firsthand the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Adirondack Carousel: Step into a world of whimsy and wonder at the Adirondack Carousel. This enchanting attraction brings together local artists, craftsmen, and the community to create a magical experience for all ages. Take a ride on beautifully handcrafted carousel animals, each one a work of art reflecting the rich heritage and natural beauty of the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Center for Writing: For literary enthusiasts, the Adirondack Center for Writing is a hub of creativity and inspiration. Engage in workshops, readings, and events that celebrate the written word and provide a platform for aspiring and established writers to share their work. Let your imagination soar as you connect with fellow wordsmiths in a supportive and nurturing environment.

Pendragon Theatre: Prepare to be enthralled by the captivating performances at Pendragon Theatre. This professional theater company showcases a diverse range of plays, musicals, and dramatic productions that challenge, entertain, and provoke thought. Experience the power of live theater as talented actors bring stories to life on stage.

Dance Sanctuary and ArtRise: Indulge your senses and embrace the artistic spirit of Saranac Lake at Dance Sanctuary, and ArtRise. These creative spaces provide a nurturing environment for dancers, visual artists, and performers to express themselves, learn, and collaborate. Immerse yourself in the beauty and power of artistic expression as you explore their classes, workshops, and exhibitions.

In Saranac Lake, culture is not just valued—it’s celebrated. Our commitment to fostering a vibrant and inclusive cultural scene ensures that residents and visitors alike can immerse themselves in a tapestry of artistic experiences. Join us as we embrace the transformative power of music, art, dance, theater, museums, and sports, and embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration unlike any other.

Connection And Mobility

Access to highways, airports, and efficient public transportation plays a crucial role in choosing a place to live. In Saranac Lake we prioritize creating walkable and bikeable streets that are safe, easily navigable, and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

Highways, Airports, and Public Transportation: We believe that seamless connectivity is the lifeline of a thriving community. Our well-connected highway network ensures quick and convenient travel, allowing you to explore nearby attractions and reach your destination effortlessly. Additionally, the Adirondack Regional Airport, located in close proximity, provides easy access to domestic and international destinations, making travel a breeze.

For those who prefer sustainable and accessible modes of transportation, we offer a public transportation system in Franklin and Essex County. Our commitment to sustainable mobility enables you to reduce your carbon footprint while experiencing the best of our vibrant community.

Walkable and Bikeable Streets: In [Destination Name], we place immense value on creating streets that prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety. Our meticulous planning and implementation of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan have resulted in a network of well-designed and well-maintained paths, lanes, and trails. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or an exhilarating bike ride, our walkable and bikeable streets offer a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Adirondack Rail Trail: One of our prized attractions, the Adirondack Rail Trail, offers a scenic and immersive experience for outdoor enthusiasts. This extensive trail system spans miles of picturesque landscapes, connecting communities and showcasing the natural beauty of the region. Whether you’re an avid hiker, cyclist, or nature lover, the Adirondack Rail Trail invites you to explore and appreciate the wonders of Saranac Lake.

We recognize that access, mobility, and sustainability are key considerations when choosing a place to call home or visit. Our commitment to providing a well-integrated and efficient public infrastructure ensures that you have the freedom to explore, connect, and enjoy all that our destination has to offer.

Whether you’re commuting, exploring, or simply enjoying a leisurely walk, our public infrastructure sets the stage for a truly remarkable experience.

Well-Maintained Infrastructure

We understand the vital role that well-maintained infrastructure plays in driving economic development and enhancing the overall wellbeing of individuals. Our commitment to continually investing in and improving public infrastructure sets us apart as a progressive and forward-thinking destination.

Water and Sewer Infrastructure: We recognize the importance of reliable water and sewer systems for both residents and businesses. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure ensures a constant supply of clean, safe water for drinking, sanitation, and industrial needs. With meticulous maintenance and regular upgrades, we prioritize the longevity and efficiency of these essential services.

Broadband Connectivity: In today’s digital age, fast and reliable internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it’s a necessity. We understand this and has invested heavily in cutting-edge broadband infrastructure to ensure seamless online experiences for both residents and visitors. Whether you’re working remotely, streaming your favorite shows, or conducting business transactions, our high-speed internet will keep you connected.

Utilities: We strive to provide comprehensive utility services to meet all your needs. You can rely on uninterrupted power supply, efficient waste management, and secure internet connections to make your life hassle-free. We prioritize your safety, comfort, and convenience in every aspect of our infrastructure planning and implementation.

By prioritizing the quality and capacity of our public infrastructure, Saranac Lake ensures a thriving environment for businesses to grow, residents to flourish, and visitors to feel welcomed. We take pride in our commitment to sustainable development and innovative solutions that promote the overall prosperity and happiness of our community.

So come and experience Saranac Lake, where our well-maintained public infrastructure sets the stage for limitless possibilities. From seamless connectivity to reliable utilities, we have everything you need to thrive in a modern, dynamic environment.

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