Wilmington NY Summer Vacation Planning Tips

wilmington ny summer vacation

As far as Adirondack getaways go, a Wilmington NY summer vacation tops the list. A short drive away from the excitement and events of Lake Placid, Wilmington is the perfect place to stay to experience the classic Adirondack vacation. With a slower pace and small town feel, Wilmington offers easy access to restaurants, Olympic venues and outdoor pursuits on the Ausable River and nearby by mountains.

Our experienced staff at Adirondack Premier Properties love where they work and live, and enjoy sharing the Adirondack Tri-Lakes area with others. Read on for expert tips and insider info on planning your next Wilmington NY summer vacation!

Activities – Wilmington NY Summer Vacation

Events & Attractions

Throughout the summer in the Wilmington region, there’s a steady stream of special events to enjoy. From music and markets to local historic and natural attractions, there’s something for everyone, indoors and out!

Music events include the popular Wilmington Summer Beach concert series that occurs on Thursdays throughout the summer. On weekends, the newly renovated NewVida Preserve hosts a wide variety of musicians.

Santa’s Workshop, one of the nation’s first theme parks, provides a delightful opportunity for family fun in a nostalgic setting. This magical children’s theme park is full of winter and holiday spirit with classic rides and fantastic live shows.

Whiteface Mountain offers summer gondola rides. Take a peaceful trip to the top of Little Whiteface to enjoy panoramic vistas overlooking Lake Placid, and even Lake Champlain on bluebird days. Whiteface also offers disc golf on the lower mountain during summer. Fee includes use of discs that can be picked up at the base lodge before you start your game.

High Falls Gorge and the Ausable Chasm are location attractions perfect for viewing roaring waterfalls and exploring easier trails to enjoy Adirondack nature.

Beach Chillaxing & Fun

Summer in the Adirondacks is the perfect time to relax waterside and enjoy the Wilmington beach on Lake Everest. The sandy beach is perfect for making sandcastles and soaking in some sun while taking in the beautiful mountain scenery.

If you are looking to explore from the water, aqua bikes, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are available to rent right from the beach. This convenient option makes it a breeze to get out on the water and explore.

If you prefer to stay more on land, the beach also offers a picnic area, volleyball area, playground, and public restrooms. These well kept facilities make it easy to spend a good portion of the day relaxing and having fun by the water.

A short loop hiking trail is also accessible from the beach. Comprised of dirt trail and some boardwalk, it’s a great chance to enjoy a pleasant stroll in the woods.

Outdoor Adventures

The Wilmington region offers a variety of trails to explore for all abilities. Whether you are looking for a peaceful walk, challenging hike or exciting mountain bike trip, there is a trail system nearby to meet your needs. Most of the trails in this region are multi-use, so both walking and biking are permitted.

Wilmington has continued to build an extensive network of mountain biking trails including the Wilmington Bike Park, Hardy Road Trail system and Flume Trails.

If hiking is your goal, you will find a variety of difficulty levels in and around Wilmington, NY. Whiteface, Lookout and Ester Mountain are some of the more difficult options, while Cobble Lookout and some of the flume trails are easier. If you travel a little farther outside town, Catamount and Silver Lake Mountain also provide some interesting hikes.

NewVida Preserve also offers a variety of fee-based adventures including hikes, mountain biking and climbing. The preserve also provides wellness and relaxation activities with pool, spa, yoga and massage experiences. Whether staying at New Vida or visiting on a day pass, finish your day with a meal at the craft bar & live music!

Local Eats

Whether you are heading out on a challenging adventure or just hitting the beach, fueling up for the day is essential. Now is the perfect time to try a new restaurant or enjoy a local classic!


  • Adirondack Mountain Coffee Cafe offers a variety of breakfast dishes with a fresh cup of roasted coffee
  • NewVida Bistro offers a mixture of breakfast and lunch items making this an ideal stop if you are going on an adventure there.


  • Little Supermarket is a local favorite with giant sandwiches perfect for on the go
  • Only open in summer, A&W Restaurant is a local classic. You may have seen their root beer in the coolers, now you can grab a bite of food with great root beer floats.


Treats/ Snack

  • Whitebrook Dairy Barn serves a variety of hard and soft ice cream as well as burgers and fries!

Where to Stay – Wilmington NY Summer Vacation

Cold Creek Pass

5428 NYS Route 86 Wilmington 3

Welcome to Cold Creek Pass, the epitome of private luxury living in the Adirondacks. This stunning log home sits on over 50 acres, boasting 1,700 ft. of frontage on the West Branch of the Ausable River offering an unparalleled experience in fly fishing & outdoor activities.

White Birch

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White Birch is your home away from home in the heart of the Adirondacks which caters to everyone! Wilmington beach is a 5-minute drive with a picnic area non-motorized water toy rentals. Minutes to countless hiking trails, mountain biking, fishing or swimming in the flume.

Brookside Chalet

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Classic Adirondack Chalet with soaring ceilings and mountain views with two brooks running through the property. Brookside Chalet is located minutes from Wilmington center, High Falls Gorge, Mountain Biking Trails, fishing on the Ausable River & Copper Kill Trailhead.

Bear Run Cabin

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Bear Run Cabin is a beautifully curated Adirondack home built on 3.2 acres. From the moment you enter the home, you will notice the vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, stunning balcony and a custom-built kitchen.

As you plan your Wilmington NY summer vacation, reach out to our Adirondack Premier Properties team today for assistance with booking your vacation rental. If you like the area and are interested in viewing some local real estate listings as part of your vacation line up, call one or our agents to schedule a showing of one of the many unique properties in the area. Our team is available 7 days a week to assist with all of your real estate needs.

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