Adirondack Region, N.Y. - This summer, cool off in the Adirondacks during one of the region's many boating races and festivals, or enjoy a quiet sail along some of the most scenic shoreline in New York State.
Boating in the Adirondacks is an essential part of summer for visitors and residents alike, and the region's vast supply of navigable waterways have created a vibrant community of paddlers, boaters, sailors and swimmers.
Set sail on one of the many picturesque lakes of the Adirondacks, including:
Lake Champlain - America's sixth largest lake offers consistent winds for wind surfing and sailing, as well as multiple boat launches. Rent a boat from one of several marinas, and join in the fun during the 37th annual Mayor's Cup Festival and Regatta. Slated for July 9 - 12 in Plattsburgh, the regatta is the largest and the most highly regarded sailing regatta on Lake Champlain. The Mayor's Cup features a full weekend of events, including the Parade of Lights, live music on the waterfront and a 5k fun run for all ages.
Long Lake - Located in the central Adirondacks, this popular summer destination offers 14 miles of waterways, with lean-tos and campsites located along its shores. Go for a seaplane ride with Helms Aero Service after a day on the water.
Durant Days & Boat Parade Weekend, scheduled for August 1 in Raquette Lake and Long Lake, offers a weekend of festivities celebrating William West Durant, the man credited with creating the Great Camp style of architecture. Boat tours of Raquette Lake will be offered on the W.W. Durant Cruise Ship, as well as tours of area Great Camps, live musical entertainment and the annual Raquette Lake Boat Parade followed by fireworks.
For those interested in the history of boating and water transport in the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Museum's Boats & Boating in the Adirondacks exhibit features classic boats from the early days of travel, including Gold Cup winning vessels, circa 1905. Also on display is the El Lagarto, aka the "Leaping Lizard of Lake George," which won the 1933, 1934 and 1935 Gold Cup races - the last of which was in Lake George.
Lake George - As the warm weather winds down, Lake George will host the Lake George Gold Cup Festival, a re-creation of the 1935 race that saw George Reis win his third Gold Cup with El Lagarto. Slated for September 17 - 20 in Bolton Landing, the festival will feature vintage boat and replica races, island tours, picnics and plenty of fun from this bygone era of racing.
For more information about boating and sailing in the Adirondacks, as well as event and race details, go to visitadirondacks.com.
About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is home to the 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 online at Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks, Instagram.com/VisitAdirondacks and search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com.