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Tourism and Recreation

Welcome to the Adirondack Lakes Region

Welcome to the AdirondacksWIth hundreds of lakes and ponds along with the spectacular Adirondack mountains, it's no wonder Franklin County is the must-see place for outdoor recreation.  In a superb natural setting, the region is a 4-season destination for a full range of activities.  Residents and visitors alike enjoy camping, hiking, snowmobiling, cycling, hunting, fishing, golfing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and birding.

From the office to the golf course, the boardroom to ski slopes, the classroom to a living laboratory, Franklin County is well-suited for business, education and for anyone seeking an active lifestyle in the clear fresh air and the energizing outdoors.

Arts and Culture

Franklin County is also the home to unlimited arts and cultural destinations.  Just south of the bustling town of Malone, Saranac Lake  boasts a vibrant artistic community with local craftsmen, galleries, theater, concerts and ongoing events throughout the year. 

The Wild CenterPart museum, part nature-center, the Wild Center of Tupper Lake is also referred to as the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks. The Wild Center is science-based, and its experiences, exhibits and programs are designed to open new ways to look into the latest discoveries made by natural scientists.

Our neighboring counties also feature cultural activities. Nearby Potsdam/Canton and Plattsburgh are both vibrant university communities, and next door to Saranac Lake is the Olympic Village of Lake Placid with its own distinct artistic community.

If that's not enough, Franklin County is just across the Canadian border from Ottawa, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec. While they both are Canadian, most would agree that each has it's own special character – each worthy of a visit. And finally, a short drive crossing Lake Champlain and one can spend the day in Burlington, Vermont -- a vibrant New England city.

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