Every winter, Saranac Lake celebrates winter with a 10-day festival. The Winter Carnival is actually the longest-running of its kind in the eastern U.S., having formed in 1896.
Before the festival's inception, the Adirondack Mountains were a summer retreat for city-goers, and Saranac Lake even became a health resort. But, in an effort to promote outdoor fun for all seasons, the Winter Carnival was launched.
Today, you'll find snowshoeing, skiing at Dewey Mountain and Mount Pisgah, snowflake volleyball, snowshoe softball, ultimate frisbee in the snow, curling and logging as well as concerts, a chocolate festival and the iconic Ice Palace, the festival's centerpiece.