Lake Placid vacation part four: Home by way of the North Pole

by DaniGirl on July 30, 2008 · 8 comments

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Last year when we were planning our trip to Bar Harbor, we toyed with places to visit on the way there. Knowing we’d cut across the top of New York State, some of the suggestions we got included the Ausable Chasm or the Lake Champlain Ferry (which we took). Both Marla and Nancy suggested — no, raved about — Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, New York. Nancy and Marla both – could there be a higher endorsement? And they were so very, very right.

Who knew? There really is a North Pole, New York. See?


It’s the perfect park for the under-10 set. There’s a bouncy house and a train, there are shows and a Santa Parade. They have rides that are just right for little travelers:



(That’s my niece and nephew in the first bobsled, and my boys in the second bobsled.)

But I have to say, we had the most fun with Santa’s reindeer. You know I have a thing about reindeer names, right? Well, we were all tickled to see that the Santa’s Workshop people got it right.


Not content to simply admire the bridle on the wall like I did, Papa Lou got into the act. Erm, into the bridle, actually.


And here’s another one of my brother bonding with Donder himself.


*shrugs* It’s a family thing.

But even for people not named after one of Santa’s reindeer, this park is worth the stop. I’m sure the clear blue skies — no, really! — helped to bias me in it’s favour, but it was simply delightful. And there was practically nobody else there; a couple of times, the boys just walked up and got on the rides without having to wait. (Empty as it was, though, we actually ran into friends of ours also down from Ottawa in the park. What are the odds?!?)

So if you ever find yourself in the neighbourhood of Lake Placid, looking to entertain the wee ones, I can’t say enough nice things about Santa’s Workshop. It made the drive home a perfectly lovely counterpoint to the hellish drive down!

(If you liked them, you can see the full set of my Lake Placid photos on Flickr.)

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1 Chantal July 30, 2008 at 10:23 am

That was an adventure and a half. WOW. Your drive there it the stuff out of nightmares. Glad that thing gradually got better. Is the North Pole worth driving there and back in one day?

2 DaniGirl July 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Hey Chantal!

Hmm, there and back in a day would make it a minimum of four hours of driving each way, which would be eight hours of driving plus park time. I wouldn’t do it, but then I’m a little shy of car travel all of a sudden!! I would, however, drive down and sleep overnight and come back the next day. I think there was a little campground nearby, too… that would be ideal!

Have you been to Storyland near Renfrew? This park reminded me a lot of that — similar in size, but a little more polished and with rides instead of just climbers and slides and swings and such.

Another trip I’d consider is Santa’s Workshop on one day, overnight somewhere in the area, and then Water Safari ( on the way home. I love water parks!!

3 Sharon July 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm

You know that village has been there a long time. My Mom went there BEFORE she got married with friends when she used to take the train to NYC to shop. And that must have 50 years ago. They have been married 47 this year.

Some things stay around forever!
Glad to see you Dad in his name tag. LMAO!

4 Chantal July 31, 2008 at 8:50 am

Thanks for the info Dani, I didn’t know about the Water Safari. I am thinking we may make a weekend of it late summer early fall. I am selfishly hoping that summer will stretch into fall this year since it barely feels like we have had summer yet…

5 nancy August 3, 2008 at 6:24 pm

LOVE the reindeer nameplate!!! Love it!! Glad you enjoyed it, have yet to bring my boys to that particular Santa’s Village.

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