We all know that Old Forge is known for many of our outdoor activities and attractions, such as McCauley Mountain, the hiking trails, and going to the beach. Well, you’ve only got half the story! Old Forge features many fun and exciting indoor attractions and activities too! Check out all of the fun possibilities below:
Take a stroll down Main Street
Main Street in Old Forge is where many of the local shops and businesses are located. Along Main St. you will find various shops that sell unique and one of a kind pieces and delicious treats, such as homemade fudge, locally made soy candles, and hand-carved wooden artifacts. Some of the shops have been passed down from generation to generation. Take the day and walk up and down Main St. and view all the wonderful shops that are there. There is sure to be a favorite for everyone in the family.
No trip is complete without picking up a souvenir!
Take in a movie
Watch a new movie release at the Strand Theatre in Old Forge. The Strand Theater opened in the 1920s and was originally known as the Thompson Theatre. Today, the Strand Theatre screens the latest movies and offers loads of snacks for the moviegoers. As you walk around the theatre you will also see a lot of vintage theater and movie items, ranging from old cameras and equipment to old movie posters, and much more.
The Strand Theatre is a locally owned and operated movie theater and is a sure place for guests to go watch a new movie and enjoy some delicious snacks from the snack bar. Check out their website for movie times and listings!
Enjoy local and regional art
View Arts is the local art center located in Old Forge, just past Enchanted Forest Water Safari. View offers visitors an array of exhibitions, ranging from work by local artists to national artists. They not only feature exhibitions and galleries; they also offer classes and host performances. Classes range from pottery making to photography, and wellness classes, with many more in between. Make sure to stop in the gift shop located in the art center. View offers guests a unique and rich experience and is a sure stop for some indoor fun.
Exhibitions are always changing so check them out to see what is going on!
Take a walk on The Wild Side
Just past Old Forge in Tupper Lake is The Wild Center. The Wild Center features living and hands-on exhibits designed to connect people to nature and showcase the regions natural environment. The Wild Center offers both indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities. Some of the indoor activities include the animal’s exhibit which is home to more than 900 live Adirondack animals! Some of the animals include otters, owls, snakes, and fresh-water fish. Their daily animal encounters bring you up close and personal with snakes, turtles, blue jays, owls, and porcupines.
One of their newer exhibits is Planet Adirondack. This exhibit gives guests a space-eye view of earth, and by using a high-tech system of cameras, the staff can show you incredible views from space. You can also see everything from airplanes taking off and landing across the planet in a 24-hour period, to watching storms in real time.
If you want to enjoy some of their outdoor exhibits, make sure to visit The Wild Walk. The Wild Walk allows you to experience beautiful and breathtaking views of nature from the treetops of the Adirondacks. You can also lay or walk across a large woven spider’s web or climb up into a large eagle’s nest and enjoy the remarkable view!
Make this a definite stop for some family fun and great memories!
Play in the arcade
Take the family to play some fun arcade games or on an adventure at one of Calypso’s Cove’s attractions! Calypso’s Cove is located right next to Enchanted Forest Water Safari and offers many arcade games for guests to play and enjoy. Calypso’s Cove has over 40 games and has the most up to date arcade games. Games range from Skee-Ball to race car games and everything in between! Admission into Calypso’s Cove is free, and they are a pay as you play arcade, meaning you only pay for the games you want to play.
After the family plays all of the fun games make sure to stop by the redemption center to redeem all of their tickets for cool and fun prizes. There are a lot of cool prizes to choose from! While at Calypso’s Cove make sure to grab something to eat from a variety of food and drink options.
When the sun is out, venture outside for Calypso’s outdoor activities, go-karts, bumper boats, and rock climbing – to name a few. They’re open until 10pm, so stay and play for hours. No day is complete without playing some fun arcade games. Make sure to take the entire family to Calypso’s Cove and play the fun and exciting arcade games. This is sure to be fun for the entire family.
After a day of exploring Old Forge and the surrounding areas, you may want to just relax in the hotel room for a bit. Why not enjoy all that the hotel has to offer? At Water’s Edge Inn, there are many amenities and activities for guests to enjoy. They have an indoor heated pool, a dry sauna, arcade games, and board games. Once the family gets tired out from all the fun, take them back to the room and have a summer camp in! The beds could be your sleeping bags, or you could make your own sleeping area on the floor. You could tell scary stories, and camp stories, play games, eat fun treats and anything else that you can think of. Be creative and have fun with it! This is fun for everyone, especially for the kids.
Who says camping is only for the outdoors?
Old Forge is known for many outdoor activities and attractions, but we are equally as known for our indoor activities and attractions too. Next time you visit Old Forge make sure to visit some or all of these places and enjoy all of the indoor fun!
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