adirondacks-spring.JPGNew York State Campgrounds Set to Re-Open May 17 Throughout Adirondack Park Adirondack Region, N.Y. - Get a jump on summer and start planning your vacation to the Adirondack Park of northern New York, and book event passes and get prime camping spots when campgrounds reopen for the summer season mid- May. On May 17, state owned and operated campgrounds will welcome visitors throughout the Adirondack Region. Spots fill up fast, especially at island campgrounds like the Saranac Islands in the Adirondack Lakes Region. Find the perfect Adirondack campsite on ReserveAmerica.com and book now to ensure availability during preferred travel dates. Camping rates are between $16 and $22 per night, and most campsites allow up to six people per site. In each region of the Adirondacks, summer offers untold adventures and opportunities for discovery. This year, head off the beaten path and mark your calendar for special Adirondack events. In the Lake George Region, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls will unveil a new, groundbreaking exhibition titled: Modern Nature: Georgia O'Keeffe and Lake George. Organized by The Hyde Collection in association with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe, the exhibition will explore the influence that living and working in Lake George had on the art and life of the famous painter. The exhibition opens June 15 and runs through September 15.  Along the Adirondack Coast, the Strand Performing Arts Center reopen its doors for another season of stirring performances and special events. This landmark of cultural and historical importance, located in downtown Plattsburgh, was originally built as a vaudeville theatre in 1924 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. New this spring is the theatrical performance of "The Belle of Amherst" in May and June's musical "Quartetto Gelato." The Strand also offers a variety of public workshops, from performing arts to ceramics. Step back in medieval time and experience the magic and mystery of the middle ages during the Krebashia Kingdom Medieval Fantasy Fair, slated for June 28-30 in Chateaugay. Enjoy authentic food, a replica marketplace, craft demonstrations, dancing and performance by Celtic musicians, an award-winning magician and the derring-do of a sword-fighting troupe. Head into the Adirondack Wild and search for boreal birds during the 9th Annual Boreal Birding Festival June 7-9 in Hamilton County, or check out the Tug Hill Region's Annual Black River Challenge on June 30. This challenging 23-mile canoe and kayak race starts in Glenfield and ends in Castorland, offering winding, often fast-moving currents. Don't miss the Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival July 21- 29. This annual event features a "battle of the bands competition," amusement park rides and live entertainment. For more information about visiting the Adirondacks or to start planning your trip, log onto visitadirondacks.com. About the Adirondacks: The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks on Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks. Search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com

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