20 Reasons to come up to Long Lake & Raquette Lake in the Winter

Don’t let the weather fool you into thinking that we don’t have lots of activities happening in and around our area. Winter recreation has baffled many of us this season, but there are still tons of activities to do to get you out of your cabin fever funk and trying new things that you’ve never experienced before.

Check out this list of activities happening in our area kicking off this weekend Feb 27th – March 5th. There is definitely something for everyone. Look on the bright-side, the roads have been pretty clear all winter so the driving is a breeze!

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20 Reasons to come up to Long Lake & Raquette Lake in the Winter
1. It looks different than it does in the summer.
2. People wearing hats are just funnier.
3. People not wearing hats when it’s cold outside look funny too.
4. People aren’t as busy in the winter, so they have more time to get to know you.
5. Lines are shorter at The Wild Center
6. You can spend more time hugging the bear at the Adirondack Hotel
7. Hoss’s and the ADK Trading Post sometimes double as aquariums (ask)
8. The seaplanes don’t get in the way of the view
9. The Winter Boat is actually the same as the Durant
10. Hot dogs and hot chocolate taste way better in February
11. The towns don’t really have a gate that locks up after Labor Day
12. We have electricity year round
13. Not everyone has chains on their tires
14. Cold air is rejuvinating
15. Plenty of dining options
16. Drinking craft beer in the winter is enriching
17. The quietness of the lakes is peaceful
18. You can visit with Bobby up at the ice skating rink and hear about his adventures in Alaska
19. You can see buckets attached to trees gearing up for early Maple Season
20. Hey Jude the Tribute plays a live Beatles Concert and that unto itself is super fabulous.

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Geiger Arena Ice Skating Rink Hours
Friday 2:30pm – 10pm
Saturday 1pm – 10pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm
Call 518-624-3031 for hours & conditions
Foosball and games available too in case of inclement weather.

Long Lake Public Library Weekend Hours
Call 518-624-3825
Fri: 9am – 5pm
Sat: 9am – 3pm

Raquette Lake Scavenger Hunt
When Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
Where Village of Raquette Lake
12pm
Meet in the village. Cash Prizes! Follow the list and score make the big win. Everyone welcome to participate!

The Ice Job by Raquette Lake Supply will also be happening during the RL Scavenger Hunt. Please be mindful of parking in the Village of Raquette Lake.

The Adirondack Cardboard Sled Racing Circuit, 1pm, Fern Park in Inlet
The Town of Inlet hosts the Fire & Ice Festival this weekend featuring the 4th race in the Adirondack Cardbaord Sled Racing Circuit. One step away from Nascar, this is a great family event!

Lebanese Night at The Cellar

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
The Cellar Restaurant and Pub, 3 Kickerville Rd, Long Lake, NY 12847
All inclusive meal from $18.95 includes “Fattoush,” Bread Salad, Entree choices include “Samat Chicken” or “Kefta” and Dessert, “Namurra”

Do not miss out on this special dining experience in Long Lake, NY

Open Mike Night
Saturday, Feb 27, 2016
Adirondack Hotel On Long Lake, 1245 Main St, Long Lake, NY 12847, United States (map)
Always the last Saturday of every month. Musicians sign up and perform a max of three songs (and sometimes more) Hosted by Terry Chaikin. Rock and roll, folk, fiddle, bluegrass, originals, groups, and so much more. Everyone welcome to sign up. Great artists have been broken on this stage! (really!) Kicks off at 8pm-11pm.

Living with Beavers
Sunday, Feb 28, 2016
Adirondack Museum (map)
“Living with Beavers” with John Warren and Charlotte Demers
1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28
Museum Auditorium, 9097 State Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Admission is free for museum members, students, and children; $5 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Delve into the impact of human intervention on historic and contemporary beaver populations in the Adirondacks.

Adult/Kid’s Ice Fishing Derby
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
Geiger Arena (map)
Registration 6am Geiger Arena
No entry Fee. Teams of Adult and Child under 15 fish the waters of Long Lake, Lake Eaton or South Pond. Cash Prizes for pike, perch, trout.
Registration at the Geiger Arena starts at 6am. Tip ups and lines in at 7am. Weigh in at 3pm at the Geiger Arena
Sponsored by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club.
Pizza served at weigh in. Cash prizes!

Winter Boat Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
Raquette Lake Navigation Co. – Cruise & Dine on the W.W. Durant, Raquette Lake, NY 13436, United States (map)
End of the Season Customer Appreciation Party
5$ donation to RLFD and Ambulance fund gets you:
Draft beer and sangria
50/50 tickets with door prizes drawn all day
Bonfire
BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs

Hey Jude The Tribute
Saturday, Mar 5, 2016
7:30pm

Hey Jude the Beatles Cover Tribute Band warms helps bust Long Laker’s out of Cabin Fever with classic hits that span the 10 years of The Beatles. Full costumes and characters. Step back in time for a real authentic concert experience
$12 pre-sale or $15 at the door.
Tickets available from The Town of Long Lake
Checks payable to Town of Long Lake, PO Box 496, Long Lake, NY 12847
518-624-3077

The Wild Center
Fridays – Sunday’s all winter
The Wild Center, 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986, United States (map)

The Wild Center is open every weekend in the winter from 10am – 5pm, Friday thru Sunday

Family Weekends
Every week will feature a different nature themed watercolor painting project in Moments, our interactive space where you can discover the intersections of nature and art. Grab a pair of snowshoes and hit the trails to explore on your own or on a guided naturalist walk or simply relax inside with The Wild Center’s river otters, a featured film and a warm beverage while you explore The Wild Center’s exhibits and see an Adirondack animal up close. Family Weekends are free for members or with paid admission which includes free use of snowshoes.