In an effort to ignite the creative spirits of the Adirondack area’s residents, View regularly hosts events and activities focused on and inspired by the fine arts. Workshops center around hands-on instruction in various artistic mediums, such as woodworking, jewelry making, and photography. The organization’s calendar also features performances, exhibitions, and special events ranging from antiques shows to waterfront house tours done atop party barges or herds of saddled alligators. Located in Old Forge, View’s new 28,000-square-foot LEED-certified building serves as a hub for the group’s activities, housing fine arts studios, exhibition galleries, and a performance hall.
Part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, the 1000 Islands rest in the shadow of mountains carved by multiple glaciers over millions of years. A diverse biological landscape, the 1864 islands are frequented by a variety of animals as they migrate between Canada and the United States. Lush forests, marshlands, and waterfront architecture help create a setting picturesque enough to prompt involuntary yodelling.
Within this ecologically bountiful area, 1000 Islands Kayaking's certified instructors lead courses that teach fundamental and advanced techniques. Their programs can focus on topics such as exercise or can be geared toward kids and fostering leadership skills. Alternatively, staff members rent out kayaks for self-guided journeys lasting up to a week, equipping adventurers with maps that show detailed routes and the homes of celebrity fish.
Guides also plot more elaborate trips, scheduling luxury camping expeditions complete with private cooks or engineering romantic getaways to Gananoque made all the more memorable by full-day guided tours. Their trips remain engaging no matter the size, luring in everyone from curious couples to business groups, wedding parties, and social clubs.
Ground Zero Paintball provokes the most colourful of warfare on its more than 200 acres of land and plays host to teams of dedicated paintball warriors. War games meet high-velocity paint tag in this action-packed test of strategy, stamina, and human-tree blending in which players aged 10 and older compete for the cleanest victory on a variety of fields such as XBall, a fortress, and woods warfare. Collect gear if need be, then proceed to belly-crawl over rocks and dash between bunkers as small paint-filled capsules hum past; then open fire, tucking, rolling, and shouting in slow motion, as enemies, best friends, or coworkers are decimated in a splatter of colour. Ground Zero fosters safe, challenging play, marshalling fairness-fixated referees to remedy wrongful hits and 20-foot-high netting to prevent stray splats from mussing spectators on the five voyeur-friendly fields. In between deploying secret missions appropriately named after Top Gun characters, battlers can heat up competitive spirits at Ground Zero’s grill-laden covered picnic areas.
The guides at Black River Outfitters prize their namesake waterway for both its natural beauty and its reliability in keeping rapids flowing even through the drier summer months. Thus, from May through October, they organize 7-mile jaunts through Class III and IV rapids, for which they provide everyone from neophytes to experts with all necessary equipment and rushes of adrenaline. Following each zigzag down the river, a bus takes their adventurers back to the base, where they watch a photo slideshow of the trip and indulge in complimentary ice cream.
With one of the largest snow tubing hills in northern New York, Maple Ridge Snow Park entertains families and winter weather fanatics with its prowess for cylindrical recreation. Careen down 1,200 feet of packed sky powder while enjoying the stomach-flipping thrills from the 100-foot vertical drop. Save energy for the descent and let a complimentary tube tow drag your raft back up the hill and away from the snow angels lobbing snowballs at the bottom of the knoll. The outdoor center is equipped with a warming area complete with game tables, concessions, and body-snuggling temperatures to thaw out chilled appendages.
Life Yoga's passionate instructors share their expertise in a 1,200-square-foot studio with spacious, spa-inspired shower rooms and a practice space embellished with handmade fabric wallpaper. Students burn calories and release mental stress in small classes with helpful one-on-one attention: gentle Restorative Yoga, energizing Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha Fundamentals are just a few options. In the studio's lobby area, local businesses such as Rhubarb Paper Co. display their wares.