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    We're heading up to 4th Lake for a week soon and was hoping some of you guys could help me out. I've never been up there and the only thing that I know is up there is Enchanted Forest. Just looking for stuff to do while we're up there. I have 2 daughters, 4 and 10 if that helps. Thanks

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    You have to check out Old Forge Hardware. All sorts of interesting things there.
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    i used to go up several times a year, i had a camp a few miles outside old forge. i would take my four wheeler for some fun on the trails. the last few years i have been riding my mountian bike on the trail network they have up there. there is a small (a few hundred yards) beach at the end of the lake there in town. when you get time check out the hardware store ( not the ace hardware). it's late in the season, but there are still a lot of bugs in the woods up there. be ready for them. there is also a small go cart track at the enchanted forrest, i love that kind of stuff. there is a small gun shop in town, it's kind of cool. the owner is nice guy. it's a up the street (west) of the pancake house.

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    Kids 4 & 10. That's tough. You might be able to rent a canoe (& life jackets) at Mountain Man, the big Kayak store. 'Nutty Putty' is a neat small miniature golf course. They've a brand new art museum that might be worth some time. Besides the water park, the big thing about Old Forge (and besides the hardware store) is that the deer in the area are 'tame' and you're likely to see them wandering around in and around the village.

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    Drive to the top of whiteface

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    Only been to Old Forge in winter time snowmobiling but I'm sure there's plenty to do. A few day trips to consider are Adirondack Nature Museam at Blue Mountain Lake (45 minute Drive) and Adirondack Nature Museam at Tupper Lake (hour and one-half). These are especially good if you catch a rainy day or two during week off. Both can be done on same day. I'd also highly recommend a sea--plane ride at Long Lake (hour drive). Very inexpensive (last year they charged me $80 for me, my wife and 4-y/o. Short ride but great views of the Adirondacks and well worth the trip if you've never done that before. Of course there is Lake Placid (probably two hours) if you want to explore the Olmpic sites plus lots of shoppong and good restaurants. Good luck and have fun.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincine View Post
    You might be able to rent a canoe (& life jackets) at Mountain Man, the big Kayak store. .
    Mountain Man rents kayaks and canoes and will haul you up to a drop off on the Moose River that will let you leisurely paddle back down to MM where you can return the boat and your car will be in the lot.
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    The wife doesn't do boats/canoes, so that's out. The sea plane ride is a great idea. Thanks guys!

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    The fiance and I just went up last weekend. We hiked Bald Mtn, bring a camera for the awesome senic pics, eat the wild raspberries in the parking area and the wild blueberries at the base of the watch tower at the top. Bring lots of water.

    We ate at Tony Harper's Pizza & Clam Shack and they had an awesome 1.5lbs lobster pot and theres an outside section to the bar so you can people watch on the main drag. After dinner go across the street for a few beers at the Tow Bar Inn.

    Theres a small sports shop on the left across from the Ace Hardware that has a few old revolvers and rifles.

    Definitely check out the Old Forge Harware store, they have a bunch of throw-back candy at the front that will remind you of your childhood and the outdoor dept is upstairs.

    Buy a box of cheap crackers because there are deer everywhere and they will eat from your hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayKnobs View Post
    Drive to the top of whiteface
    Travel times from Old Forge;
    The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake is about a 40 minute drive.
    The Wild Center at Tupper Lake is about an hour and a half.
    Whiteface is about two and a half hours away.
    These are one way travel times.

    The Museum is absolutely worth the trip.
    If the kids can stand the car ride, the others may be worthwhile.
    If you do the seaplane ride, you can probably pass on Whiteface.

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    Personally, I'd do the sea plane ride before ADK Nature Museum, but that's just me. My SON loves the museum because they have several steam trainson site, but not sure how much girls would be into that. Both can be done on the same day. Interesting for gun enthusiasts, they also have the actual stage coach that Teddy Roosevelt (the true American, not the socialist) rode through the Adirondacks to be sworn in as President as well as a good selection of other antique arms. If money is not an object, i believe you can charter the plane to take you to other parts of the Adirondacks for dinner, etc. Sorry I was 5 minutes off on the times




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    Sorry, I'm talking about Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake.




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    Don't know if you have already done the Old Forge trip or not. We did the Mountain Man kayak trip today. They drive you upriver and drop you off with your kayak and it's about a three hour paddle back downstream to the Mountain Man store. You can paddle right to their dock. Great trip, we say ducks that came right up to the boats and got some nice photos of a blue heron as we drifted by. Nice adventure if you are looking to spend about four hours total.
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    well you know how it is, pics or it didnt happen!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreytSilly View Post
    You have to check out Old Forge Hardware. All sorts of interesting things there.
    I have never been but my boss said this is a must do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreytSilly View Post
    Don't know if you have already done the Old Forge trip or not. We did the Mountain Man kayak trip today. They drive you upriver and drop you off with your kayak and it's about a three hour paddle back downstream to the Mountain Man store. You can paddle right to their dock. Great trip, we say ducks that came right up to the boats and got some nice photos of a blue heron as we drifted by. Nice adventure if you are looking to spend about four hours total.
    did they drop you off on the old bridge on Rondax rd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bockerSV View Post
    well you know how it is, pics or it didnt happen!
    Okay, a couple pics. One of the drop off point and one of me on the way down the river. I have my own boat and gear. And one of the heron.





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    All great suggestions. There is a shorter hike, similar to Bald mountain (which is really more like a short hike up a ridge--steep in spots for smaller kids, but the views are well worth it) called Eagle cliff. You can check that out, too.

    There used to be a GREAT bar/wing place called the Red Dog Tavern on South shore road. You can take that from Old Forge or from Inlet. I think that has since been sold to someone else and it's called Kelley's Red Dog or something like that.

    Not sure if the Big Moose Inn is still in business or not, either. Used to go there all the time. Its a beautiful lake to look at if you can get a ride.

    Great area to vacation in.

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    Alot of fond memories!!!

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