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“A gem gets even better”

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Ranked #2 of 2 Tours in Utica
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature's beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica's Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station. For more information on on departures or for contact information please check out our website.
Oneida, New York
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76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A gem gets even better”
Reviewed 24 September 2013

While the ADK RR has been a wonderful experience for the last few years whether you take the trip from Utica up (and what a gorgeous station in Utica) or take one of the special trains (ice cream sundaes -- yum or paddle/bike) from Thendara it has always been a treat and a great value. This year the line has expanded to go to Big Moose! This stretch takes you into the deep woods so you get to experience the true ADK wilderness as never before. You can even sign up (think it is weekends only) for a brunch at Big Moose Station which is not as good as it could be considering that the staff there knows exactly how many people to expect.

Stay tuned...supposedly in the works is a connection from Big Moose to Tupper Lake so that you could eventually go all the way from Utica to Lake Placid! This could be a wonderful asset for hikers, paddlers and bicyclists.

Good value, great staff and great views for a decent price.

Visited August 2013
Thank Katherine C
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Clearwater, Florida
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72 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Adirondack Scenic Railroad”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

It was a very pleasant trip from Utica NY to Old Forge NY. The rat per person was reasonable. The train left on time and we arrived to our destination on time.There were eight of us, and we were able to sit facing each other. The service on the train, all volunteers, was exceptional. The return trip to Utica N was just as pleasurable as the trip up to Old Forge. I would recommend this attraction as a day of fun and relaxation.

Visited August 2013
Thank Joe D
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“No to the buffet!”
Reviewed 15 September 2013

The buffet at big moose wasn't worth it!! The train ride was amazing we just wish we did the old forge trip now!

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Becky607
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Syracuse, New York
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28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good way to spend an afternoon”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

We took the ice cream train ride from Thendara station to Otter Creek and back. The total train ride was an hour and fifteen minutes. The cost was $15 adult and $9 for our 2 year old. It's fun if you have kids who love trains. The ice cream though was just a Popsicle !

Visited September 2013
2 Thank svasti g
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Elmira, New York
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Relaxing Way to Spend the Day”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

I would recommend this trip, especially if you get the tickets on Groupon. The train ride was a calming way to spend a few hours. Old Forge is a fun town to walk through, and 3.5 hours was plenty of time for that. Only downside was, we wanted to do the scenic char lift, only to discover it is not within walking distance (which we discovered after walking a mile out of downtown), and a shuttle could not be found.

Visited August 2013
Thank BT-UpstateNY
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