Located in the north of New York state, the Adirondack Park is a large protected area and one of the most spectacular natural attractions of the state. Spanning more than 6 million acres (2.5 million hectares), the Adirondack Park is unique in several ways. Unlike most other preserves, most of the park (about 52%) is actually privately owned. The area also contains over a hundred towns and villages where some 132,000 people have their permanent, year-round residence. Created in 1892 by the State of New York, the park is now the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, attracting about 10 million tourists and 200,000 seasonal residents every year. In fact, the inclusion of human communities makes the park one of the greatest experiments in conservation in the industrialized world. If you have not been to this amazing place, you should keep on reading because today´s post will show you 25 reasons that this park is a fantastic place to visit. No matter what season you are going to visit, the Adirondack Park has a lot to offer all year round. From its breathtaking scenery and popular hiking trails to its great museums, breweries, and wineries, here are 25 Reasons The Adirondack Park Is A Great Place To Visit.
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The Adirondack Park is home to numerous animal species including many birds and over 50 mammals. You can encounter moose, foxes, otters, black bears, beavers, bobcats, and many other wild animals.
Plants & wildflowers
Botany fans will not come up short in the park either. In spring and summer, local alpine meadows, fields, and forests burst into bloom. In fall, visitors from around the world come to the park to enjoy the spectacular fall foliage.
The Adirondack Park is not just about nature though. As surprising as it might be, it is also home to a number of award-winning microbreweries offering family-friendly dining and a new generation of delicious craft beers.
Those who prefer wine to beer will certainly appreciate the park´s wineries. Touted as North America’s newest up and coming wine region, the Adirondack Coast even offers a whole wine trail that will take you on a tour offering local specialty wines.
The Adirondack Park has something for everybody, including divers. You can experience the thrill of diving to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border.