Amtrak Train Stops in NY: Plattsburgh (PLB), Saratoga Springs (SAR), Fort Edward-Glens Falls (FED), Whitehall (WHL), Ticonderoga (FTC), Port Henry (POH), Westport (WSP), Port Kent (PRK), Rouses Point (RSP) Stations
Plan your next trip by train and experience the excitement of traveling upstate to the North Country's cities of Fort Edward-Glens Falls, Whitehall, Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Westport, Port Kent and Rouses Point.
More than 100 towns and villages make their home within the Adirondack Park-the largest park in the lower 48 states-covering six-million pristine acres of mountains, lakes, rivers and valleys. There are eight Amtrak stations in the Adirondacks. Here's a sampling of what you'll find near them.
Six Flags Great Escape introduces a new thrill ride this year: the Greezed Lightnin' roller coaster features a seven-story, 360-degree loop. The park has more than 135 rides, shows and attractions in all, as well as the seasonal waterpark, Splashwater Kingdom. More information: sixflags.com
From FED Station: 17 miles car
The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls—a museum of Adirondack heritage combined with European decorative art and furnishings—undergoes renovations this year that will reopen the Whitney-Renz Gallery as an additional art display space. More information: hydecollection.org
From FED Station: 5.4 miles car
It's 1777 again! Fort Ticonderoga is the only U.S. historic site that tells a new story every year. Staff will interpret American soldiers during the first half of the season, until the British capture on July 5. After that, British soldiers will be portrayed. Tours, walking trails, demonstrations. More information: fortticonderoga.org
From FTC Station: 1 mile car
The Depot Theatre, housed at the historic Westport train station, has an entertaining 38th season main stage line-up. Shows will include: Shout!—the Mod Musical, Outside Mullingar, Murder for Two, and The Glass Menagerie. More information: depottheatre.org
From WSP Station: 1 minute walk
Skene Manor, a Victorian Gothic-style mansion, was built in 1874 by NYS Supreme Court Judge Joseph H. Potter. Today, visitors can enjoy tours of the historic mansion and lunch in the tea room. More information: skenemanor.org
From PRK Station: .5 miles car; 10 minute walk
Exhibits at the Rogers Island Visitor Center include archaeological remains from an early Native American settlement, as well as artifacts from the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary years, when Fort Edwards was the third largest city in the colonial North America. More information: rogersisland.org
From FED Station: .7 miles car; 14 minute walk
The Iron Center Museum documents Port Henry's history as the largest pre-war producer of iron ore in the U.S. Originally a laboratory for testing iron ore, it's now part of the Railroad and Mining Heritage Park. More information: porthenrymoriah.com
From POH Station: 1 minute walk
WHAT'S NOT TO MISS
Ausable Chasm, the "Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks," is a two-mile sandstone gorge traversed by Ausable River. Activites include walking trails, tubing, rock climbing, mountain biking and a museum. More information: ausablechasm.com
From PRK Station: 3.1 miles car
With the 1.25 miles of shoreline, Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in the U.S. Rent a stand-up paddleboard, explore nature trails, join a game of beach volleyball or just enjoy Lake Champlain views. More information: plattsburghrecreation.com
From PLB Station: 3.1 miles car
The Alice T. Miner Museum in Chazy is a step back to the age of Colonial Revival. Guided Tours of the historic rooms highlight art, housewares and furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries, along with letters from American presidents. More information: minermuseum.org
From RSP Station: 10.3 miles car
Lakes to Locks Passage: The Great Northeast Journey
An innovative Internet collaboration with National Geographic utilizes a GeoTourism MapGuide designed to give visitors of the Lakes to Locks Passage an intimate acquaintance with the region's rich environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.
Interactive maps introduce visitors to more than 500 distinctive destinations chosen by local residents, the people who know them best. It's a snap to create itineraries revolving around your interests, be it history or the great outdoors. An array of videos, guidebooks and thematic tours spotlight the many faceted aspect of this unique region.
The journey takes you through a spectacular landscape steeped in the historic events that shaped our nation. You'll see the battles of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War come alive in recreation at Saratoga National Historical Park, Rogers Island Fort Ticonderoga. Discover how the War of 1812 drew to a close in Plattsburgh Bay, ushering in over 200 years of shared heritage with Quebec.
Also check out the Lakes to Locks PassagePort mobile app! This unique travel tool utilizes turn-by-turn navigation with GPS location triggers to direct travelers along a theme-based route, providing on-site text, images, audio and video interpretation. It combines the experience of traveling with a knowledgeable tour guide with the freedom of personal exploration. Lakestolocks.org
The New York State Heritage Area RiverSpark, located at the influence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, offers vistors a chance to learn about the Industrial Revolution, the Erie canal and the Underground Railroad. As you trace the steps of history, you will also explore the surrounding landscape. Hiking, biking and canoe trails give you opportunities to view birds along the North American Flyway and thousands of acres of state and national park lands in the scenic Hudson Valley and Adirondack Park.
1 mile, 4 min. drive. from the Ticonderoga Amtrak station.
Open May 10-Oct. 19, 2014,
This National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain is much more than a restored military fortress. Its varied offerings include costumed interpreters, guided tours, a world class museum, daily musket demonstrations, special events and exciting reenactments.
The Fort's 2,000 acres include the imposing King's Garden- where manicured lawns and hedges are punctuated by a profusion of colorful flowers- the Carillon Battlefield, and the striking views from Mt. Defiance. The 6-acre corn maze, a treat for young and old, opens for the season on August 15. Fortticonderoga.org
0.5 miles, 2 min. drive, 10 min. walk from the Whitehall Amtrak station
From its perch high on a hill, this 19th-Century Gothic Victorian looks out over Whitehall and its harbor, birthplace of the USNavy. The Tea Room is open for lunch and there are free tours of the period rooms. Skenemanor.org
5.6 miles, 12 min. drive from Glens Falls Amtrak station
Fans of The Last of the Mohicans (book or movie) will enjoy seeing James Fenimore Cooper's inspiration for Hawkeye's hideaway. Viewing platform open 8am-8pm, May 1 through October 31. cityofglensfalls.com/thingstodo
3.1 miles, 6 min. drive from Port Kent Amtrak station
The "Grand Canyon of the East," has been providing breathtaking views to visitors since 1870. Today, you can hike cliff top trails and stone walkways down inside the two-mile sandstone gorge. Guided and self-guided tours are available year round, by foot, snowshoe and raft, depending on the season. ausablechasm.com