Sitting at the crossroads of the Adirondack Park, Tupper Lake isn’t just any lake town. With pristine waters, picturesque hiking trails and endless outdoor-centric facilities to really feel one with nature like the Wild Center and Adirondack Public Observatory, Tupper Lake is the perfect destination for water lovers and forest lovers alike. Though you could spend weeks getting lost in the woodlands, wandering town’s gourmet eateries and splashing around the various lakes, most people only have a weekend. So here’s your 48-hour guide to Tupper Lake’s summertime finest.
Updated 7/6/20 (Please check with each specific site before making plans, as availability and amenities may have changed.)
5 pm: Hit Little Italy, named Tupper Lake’s best Italian restaurants according to TripAdvisor, for some pizza and wine as soon as you get into town. Lounge and chat with locals for two hours, but make sure to get out by 7:30 p.m. to watch the sunset!
7:30 pm: Walk over to Tupper Lake Municipal Park to watch the sun go down. Sitting in heart of the Village of Tupper Lakes, the park is the perfect place to take a stroll or sit on the lake to watch the sun recede and the sky turn pink.
8:15 pm: Want to sneak in a quick sample of the Adirondacks' booming craft beer scene? Head over to Raquette River Brewing, a microbrewery beloved for small-batch ales, including the inventive and tasty mango wheat!
10 am: Start your day off right with an authentic lumberjack breakfast at one of the local diners. You’ll need the calories for what lies ahead! Make sure to grab a sandwich and water for a lunch on the go in the afternoon.
11:30 am: Head to the world-renowned Wild Center, where you can spend the afternoon wandering wildlife exhibits, watching otters swim, and roaming the nature trails. Make sure to check out the Wild Walk, the region’s only trail across the treetops.
4 pm: Spend the afternoon starting a leg of the Tupper Lake Hiking Triad. The Adirondacks are known for their hiking challenges, and the most family-friendly of the bunch is this three-mountain effort that's the perfect entry for new hikers. Mount Arab, Coney Mountain, and Goodman Mountain are all a short drive from Tupper Lake and range in duration from one to 1.7 miles.
6 pm: Stop by the Well Dressed Food Company (named no. 1 restaurant in Tupper Lake on TripAdvisor) for a healthy, rejuvenating dinner after your long day of nature exploration. Your adventure is far from over, so be sure to hydrate and carb up!
7:30 pm: It is imperative that you make it to the Adirondack Sky Center & Observatory by dusk—you’ll never see a sunset the same! Tupper Lake’s state-of-the-art facility is miles and miles away from surrounding city lights, making its stargazing and views of the expansive skyline truly unforgettable. When it gets dark, explore the above on a more micro level through various telescopes. It’s an out-of-this-world (sorry, we had to) experience!
10 am: Grab a coffee at The Washboard, a combination laundromat, donut shop, and gift shop that has been a staple in Tupper Lake for more than 25 years! You'll be able to spot it easily because the three-in-one business features two black and white horses on its roof.
10:15 am: Spend the morning relaxing on Little Wolf Beach, considered by many Tupper-ites to be the town’s hidden gem. It’s a town run facility for the whole family, with activities like paddle boarding, snorkeling, volleyball and nearby playgrounds for the little ones.
12 pm: Now that it’s started heating up, head to the breathtaking Ausable Chasm, where naturally formed sandstone aging back to 500 million years ago creates nice cool shade. Make sure to take a family float tour through the Grand Flume and Whirlpool basin.
How to get there:
Major Area Airports:
Adirondacks Regional Airport, 96 Airport Road, Saranac Lake, NY 12983 (30 minutes to Tupper Lake)
From Montreal: 2.5 hours
From Albany: 2.5 hours
From Boston: 5 hours
From NYC: 5 hours