Vacation in your backyard

Local residents do not have to travel to far-away locations to enjoy some family-friendly activities this summer. With very little effort or expense, families can take advantage of all the Adirondack region has to offer, without ever leaving their backyards!

Those looking for a quick getaway or something to cure the summer doldrums should stop by any of the following local attractions:

Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack Museum tells stories of the people - past and present - who have lived, worked, and played in the unique place that is the Adirondack Park.

Summer 2010 will offer several special exhibits at the Adirondack Museum. They celebrate food and the pleasures of eating in the Adirondack Park with a new exhibition, "Let's Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions."

A "Wild, Unsettled Country: Early Reflections of the Adirondacks" will show paintings, maps, prints, and photographs that illustrate the untamed Adirondack wilderness discovered by early artists, cartographers, and photographers. For information about all that the museum has to offer, please call 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

Wakely Lodge Golf Course & Restaurant

The 9-hole "Wakely Lodge" course at the Wakely Lodge Golf Course facility in Indian Lake, New York features 2,549 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 34 . Designed by Richard Fletcher/Thomas O'Brian, the Wakely Lodge golf course opened in 1969. Thomas O'Brian manages the course as the General Manager.

This course, nestled in the middle of the Adirondack Park, is surrounded by mountains. This is a place where golfing and nature blend to make a serene paradise. The fairways are relaxing to walk down, but are challenging to play, and the greens are well manicured. The course offers a gift and pro shop. A lunch room and lounge are open daily. The main dining room overlooks a private lake. The restaurant serves dinners, private parties, bus tours and banquets by reservation.

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