Adirondack Scenic Railroad

321 Main St, Utica, NY 13501 Directions
+13157240700
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Report | 6 months ago
Some people wanted to go on the boat tour while in Old Forge. They should have bought their tickets for it ahead of time.
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Be prepared for bad weather or issues beyond your control. Have food and water because the lines may be long at the snack stand if you're stuck awhile. Make sure you have activities for the kids (and adults) just in case.
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Report | 7 months ago
The ADK Beer & Wine Train is wonderful. It's a nice night to relax, drink some wine or beer, enjoy music and have a great time riding the rails through our beautiful state.
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Adirondack Scenic Railroad was very accommodating but Groupon made it very difficult to use the Groupon itself. I guess Groupon doesn't understand Fall Foiliage in NY State!
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Loved it. A lot of history.
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Fall in the Adirondacks is a great time to enjoy the changing of the leaves, the cooler air, less people.
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We will be going for the first time. The reservation staff was great..the Utica Manager was very helpful when I needed some questions answered. I am looking forward to the trip!!
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Groupon should of put on the listing that this train ride was only till September 20th that it did not go into the fall. We did not know this till we printed out our coupon.
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Love this place. The people are so nice and helpful. Great experience! !
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Loved the train ride from Saratoga to North Creek and back!! It is frequently alongside the Hudson River, with many opportunities for photos. Would definitely suggest calling the North Creek station to find out if there is a shuttle (to town/Gore Mt./Garnet Mine) running on the day you want to go...especially during the week. The later 2 attractions may even come & get you if there is no shuttle, but if that is the case, you should call them directly to try & set it up in advance. The train is not responsible for the shuttle, but sadly takes the flack when there is no shuttle running. Do a little homework to maximize your short time in North Creek before your train trip home!
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The locomotives were just becoming commonplace in the early 19th century, when the New York Central and Hudson River railroads were completed. A member of the legendary Vanderbilt family, Dr. William Webb capitalized on unfolding innovations by privately financing a railroad to his hunting preserve in the Adirondack Mountains. The route wound through treacherous terrain via 17 bridges and numerous service buildings, some of which still are still used to trick time-travelers into thinking they're finally home. Despite these complications, the tracks materialized within just 18 months and were soon whisking the Vanderbilts and other wealthy families to their opulent wilderness estates.

After several decades in disrepair, the tracks were rehabilitated by the railroad enthusiasts of Adirondack Scenic Railroad, who resurrected an initial four-mile stretch in 1992. Since having the railroad officially declared a Historic Place, they continue to unveil new sections, eventually securing routes from Utica to Carter Station, and between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Today, retro locomotives, some built as early as the 1940s, chug through the rippling rivers and wildlife-rich forests of 600-million-acre Adirondack Park, letting passengers drink in the view. Though the railcars boast vintage touches, such as mahogany paneling haunted by the ghosts of Franklin Pierce, they are equipped with modern touches including air conditioning and fully loaded kitchens.

Many Adirondack Scenic Railroad rides provide other entertainments to supplement scenery. In the Doo Wop Train, waitresses from ?50s-themed The Soda Fountain in Remsen pump up patrons for a mid-century feast at the eatery while en route to Remsen Station. Other themed excursions ooze with intrigue, including murder mysteries and train robberies, while some more laid-back jaunts simply convey riders to historically-rich towns such as Old Forge.

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