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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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The train staff were wonderful. I recommend the open section of the train... you need the fresh air as the aging train has a bit of a smell. The entire train could use a good... read more

Reviewed 5 July 2016
Lisa N
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

The train staff were wonderful. I recommend the open section of the train... you need the fresh air as the aging train has a bit of a smell. The entire train could use a good cleaning in my opinion. The price was steep for the experience. Start your journey in Placid rather than Saranac. This is a very family-friendly activity.

1 Thank Lisa N
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Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Loved the whole idea of a trip on a vintage train ride. Our train was from the 1950's and you could imagine all the travelers heading to the slopes! Museum was interesting and the conductors and staff were informative and super friendly. You can feel their passion for the old locomotives and all volunteer their time. Scenic is a bit... More 

4 Thank CongoDancer
New York State
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2016

Have taken this trip , along with the boat ride on the lakes , about 4 times , just love it and would love to go during fall folliage.... There is a lot of trees after all but also beautiful scenery along the way. Plus we got to have lunch in Old Forge....

Thank nurseeo
Clayton, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015

The train ride itself is nice, but there is not much to see from the train. We were expecting mountain views, but mainly all you see are trees along the tracks. We felt like we wasted time we could have spent driving around to sight-see. In addition when we got to Saranac Lake we had a hard time finding an... More 

3 Thank Gail F
Orange Park, Florida
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Not much to see on train. Nothing at the destination on the other end-Saranac. Driving around the area is much better.

4 Thank Marge W
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Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

Better off taking a scenic drive. The train cars up front were near impossible to see out of. The open car was nice. 45 mins each way and only a 30 min stop at the town.

1 Thank Melissa10210
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

Ok. I'll start by saying the vintage diesel train and passenger cars were/are a great snapshot of days gone by. The open air car was excellent for our fall foliage ride. The conductor had great history and local stories to tell regarding this once busy railroad. Granted, a lot of the scenery is forest, but on a a fall tour,... More 

4 Thank Durango_Traveller
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Take this trip. Your legs will be strengthened, and you will forever have scenic views in your memory that will provide joy and comfort for the rest of your life. There is no experience quite like this one. A true, singular gem.

Thank Carla S
Syracuse, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

We took the trip from Utica to Thendara and return, which has an approximately 30 minute layover to reverse the locomotives in the fall and the foliage was amazing. We passed through small towns, fields and woods, and the most beautiful streams, ponds and lakes. There is limited space in the baggage car to stand (and sway a little) at... More 

1 Thank bielbay
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2014

Inspite of reading the reviews before going there, I thought why not check it out. I was disappointed. The reviews were true to their saying. This ride is not worth at all the money. There were no "Fall season leaves", worth looking at. The entire ride has got trees on both sides blocking the proper view of the actual leaves... More 

7 Thank Ajit D

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