The Whiteface Region, home to crystal clear rivers, sparkling ponds, and Santa Claus himself, is an ideal location for a back-to-nature family adventure. Whether you are staying for an afternoon or a few days, the region has a wealth of activities, attractions, and dining options that will guarantee fun for the whole family, in every season.
Christmas in July isn't just an idea, it's a way of life. Visit the North Pole, home of Santa's Workshop, a wonderland of joy where Christmas is celebrated every day! Hop on themed rides, watch an elf personalize your very own red Santa hat, and enjoy a Nativity pageant. Best of all, you'll be able to meet and feed Santa's faithful reindeer and have an extra special visit with Santa in his festive home.
Can't make it in the summer? Visit the North Pole at its most jovial for the annual Village of Lights. On select evenings in December, enjoy Santa's Workshop decorated for the holidays, with caroling, hot cookies in the bakeshop, roasting marshmallows over an outdoor fire, and of course, a special pre-Christmas visit with Santa Claus himself.
Literally one of the oldest attractions in the area, High Falls Gorge is a stunning geologic wonder and very family-oriented. Flat trails lead to a loop path that takes you down into a gorge that was created a billion years ago, as well as up over the river, providing great views of a series of four falls, pools, and potholes carved by millions of years of swirling rock and water. In summer, test your nerve on a viewing platform with a clear bottom. You'll feel like you're floating in air over the rushing water. Interpretive displays share the history of the gorge, providing a cool educational experience. Top off your visit with a snack in the River View Cafe or picnic under the trees by the banks of the river.
High Falls Gorge is open year-round. In winter, the river surrounded by ice and snow is especially pretty. Snowshoes are welcome, especially if you want to try an adjacent 1-mile trail through the woods after you visit the river. Yaktrax are provided free of charge.
A visit to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge is a must for families! The purpose of the refuge is to care for and rehabilitate injured or ill wildlife, from wolves to owls and plenty of other animals in between. Some animals are not able to be returned to the wild, so they remain in the compassionate care of refuge staff and serve as ambassador animals, enabling visitors to learn more about the extraordinary animals that live in the Adirondacks. It's a rare opportunity to get up close — but not too close! — to black bears, gray wolves, owls, and hawks.
Want to stretch your legs, get in some extra steps, or just burn off some extra vacation energy? The Whiteface Region has is a great destination for exercise and adventure.
Add a splash of fun at the Wilmington Town Beach during your summer vacation and enjoy the calm, refreshing waters of the Ausable River. Beaches in the Adirondacks have the advantage of awesome views and in Wilmington, you'll be surrounded by beautiful trees and views of the mountains. This beach's calm waters are especially good for very small swimmers.
For winter adventures, the gorgeous deep snows of the Adirondacks invite you to snowshoe, cross-country ski, and downhill ski.
The world-famous Whiteface Mountain features a massive 90 trails and 11 lifts, with something for everyone in the family, no matter what their skill level. Never skiied? No worries! Whiteface's amazing instructors can help the whole family get comfortable on the slopes, helping you make extra special vacation memories. Enjoy hot drinks and lunch at one of several dining choices, either at the Base Lodge or at the newly renovated Bear Den Lodge. You're in for a charming treat!
No matter what season you visit the Whiteface Region in, your next family vacation is bound to be amazing. Explore the listings below to find great options for lodging, dining, and more!