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Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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Address: 20 Averyville Ln, Lake Placid, NY 12946-3001
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All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past...

All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station. For more information on departures or for contact information please check out our website.

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Last Foliage Run

Not a bad trip. The weather did not cooperate as well as we wanted but it was interesting. Would only recommend the outdoor car which is just a car with no windows. You are still... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Westchester County, New York
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Westchester County, New York
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Not a bad trip. The weather did not cooperate as well as we wanted but it was interesting. Would only recommend the outdoor car which is just a car with no windows. You are still protected from most elements. All the staff we came in contact with were very nice & friendly. There is a controversy over converting the rails... More 

1 Thank JJ F
Brookfield, Connecticut
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45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Nice trip for fall foliage, although it would have been nice to have some elevation change. I had thought this was the train ride I saw long ago on National Geographic Channel, but having taken the trip I don't think it was the same one. We thought the gondola would be problematic in bad weather, and it was raining when... More 

1 Thank MikeEcsedy
Mobile, Alabama
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

I bought tickets for my wife & I for the Fall Foliage ride from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake. This is a busy time & we left a bit late to give everyone in line a chance to get their tickets. The ride itself was nice. Keep in mind you're riding through woods & sometimes folks backyards. You do get... More 

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Cohoes, NY
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

My boyfriend and I took the Fall Foliage tour aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from Lake Placid to Saranac Falls in late September. It was a beautiful ride and nice way to see the changing leaves. It was chilly morning but we sat in the open air car and really enjoyed the crisp morning air. It took about 45 minutes... More 

2 Thank Mocha927
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend and I took a trip to Lake Placid for some fall foilage for her birthday. We have always talked about going on the railroad so for her birthday we did. The train staff was very helpful and informative. The train is older but it ran very well. It was 45 minutes to saranac Lake and 45 minutes back... More 

2 Thank Shawn374
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188 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

The train needs a lot of work, they don't have the money..The cars are old..No real crowds on a thursday afternoon in the summer. The ride was nice, scenic, but I've been on nicer train rides.. The volunteers were wonderful.

Thank mittmott
New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This is a nostalgic, quant train ride that was enjoyable. These wonderful attractions will be a of the past if we don't support all the efforts that many volunteers put into these types of attractions. The only thing they can do to improve on the tour is to give a more historic oration of the area while in route.

Thank Cynthia T
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104 reviews
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

We were anticipating more scenery. We saw woods, beaver dams. These are things that are native to our local home area and that we see routinely. The volunteer staff are friendly, entertaining and fun. The ride is disappointing at best, and you are not able to see the town of Lake Placid.

Thank srmvalleygirl
Thomasville, Georgia
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104 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Rode to Saranac Lake on the 10:30 train and it was a beautiful peaceful ride, rode in the open car and it was cool and breezy. Takes about 50 minutes and that's just right to take in great blue herons, beavers and ducks and a nice doe. Had lunch and a little shopping in Saranac and back on the 1:00... More 

Moscow, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 23 July 2016

We took the rail from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake and back. On the way there, we rode in the open car, which gave us a great opportunity to take pictures over the beautiful landscapes. The ride was narrated by one of the railroad workers and he was funny and informative. We opted for the 1 1/2 hour layover in... More 

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