Best Time to Visit New York State
The Adirondacks region is an immense space in northern New York with thousands of ponds, lakes and hiking trails, many mountains and a lot of excellent resorts and campgrounds.
Adirondacks is a top five star destination for skiing and many other outdoor activities.
Best time to visit the Adirondacks Mountain
When not to go to the Adirondacks
MAIN GEOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES
WHAT TO VISIT IN ADIRONDACKS AND AROUND?
Lake George: offers wonderful sceneries, many restaurants, souvenir shops, boat cruises, fun parks, history and many diversions.
Saratoga Spring is half an hour away and Vermont, with its beautiful little towns, is just a driving hour away.
Blue Mountain Lake: offer lots of accommodation, a lake beach and outdoor activities
Lake Placid: top Olympic skiing center; also offers climbing and many other outdoor activities
Saranac Lake: offers tranquil lakeshores and cottages
The Thousand Islands: at the border with Canada
Main towns around:
Saratoga Springs, close to Lake George, is a top tourist destination.
See: New York State Travel Destinations Map
BEST TIME TO VISIT ADIRONDACKS AND AROUND
Autumn is an excellent time to visit the region. The foliage in the Adirondacks region is beautiful and there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities – fishing, hunting, climbing, biking, etc., ...- as well as for shopping on cities such as Saratoga Springs, where you will also find music and theatre in most weekends.
However, it all depends on your preferred activities. Summers are fresh and offer a wide range of opportunities (including golf and hunting): biking, camping, fishing, canoeing, rafting, ballooning, hiking, horse riding, mountain climbing, water sports, spas…
But, if you're a skier, then you should bet in the wintertime. Skiing, snowboarding, hockey, snowmobiling, fishing, climbing, camping, skating, horse riding, are available activities in the winter.
Just have in mind the climate pattern of the region.
THE ADIRONDACKS CLIMATE PATTERN
Comparatively to New York, temperatures are significantly lower in the Adirondacks (averages of 40º F / 4º C in the Adirondacks to 55° F / 13ºC in the New York City area). In January the average mean temperature in the Adirondacks is half of those of Long Island (32º F / 0ºC).
The winters are long and cold in the Adirondack region. There can be 35 to 45 days with below zero temperatures in the winter.
The summer climate is cool in the Adirondacks. The Adirondacks region doesn’t have the summer heat waves of the New York City area.
Minimum and night-time temperatures drop often to the 40ºF / 4º C during the summer season. In some years temperatures may approach the freezing level in the Adirondacks even during June and the latter half of August.
WHEN NOT TO GO TO THE ADIRONDACKS
For some people, less interested in winter outdoor activities, winter should be avoided. Temperatures in the Adirondacks may reach very low levels and snow may strike violently.
The table below - for Albany - is representative of the climate of the region.
Weather Table: Albany NY State