Friday and Saturday evenings from sundown to 11:00 p.m., visitors can traverse the cursed trails of Swamp Road to encounter the spectral remains of its permanent residents. Paranormal sightings begin in the parking area and extend through a spirited outdoor romp down a wooded trail, guided by staffers that spook visitors by wearing skeleton costumes and spook each other by talking about their first day of middle school. Daring participants visit the twisted home of a doll maker constructing figurines from unidentified parts, and lumbering shadows of werewolves and swamp creatures lurk in one's peripheral vision. The disturbed ground of a cemetery houses the restless spirits of lost lumberjacks, and a homicidal clown endlessly searches for souls and size 31 shoes.
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.
As the sun sinks below a flat, barn-dotted horizon, Kingston Family Fun World’s three towering movie screens flicker to life. The drive-in theatre is an idyllic sight that dates back to 1966. Each weekend, carloads of moviegoers fill up the parking lots to catch current, popular flicks. Over the years, Kingston Family Fun World has expanded to include other classic, family-oriented diversions: guests can hop into one- and two-seat go-karts and race around an outdoor race track, or duck behind sandbag barricades on the laser-tag field. After a day of diversions, refuel with snacks from the concession stand.
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.