Winter in the Capital Region can be a lot of fun. There are a number of fun activities to do. The New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) is holding a Cabin Fever event at Grafton Lakes State Park and it is jam-packed with a ton of free winter activities.

When Does Grafton Lakes Cabin Fever Take Place?

Cabin Fever will happen on Saturday, January 22nd from 11:30 am until 3 pm at Grafton Lakes State Park. There will be hikes as well and they are asking for you to register ahead of time to participate. If you would like to, click here. The Polar Plunge will kick off the day at 11:30 am with registration starting at 11 am. There is a silliest costume contest and if you would like to be part of it, you need to register ahead of time by calling the park office at 518-279-1155. This year's ice fishing contest will be held the week before Cabin Fever on Saturday, January 15th and you can register that morning.

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What Are Some of the Activities Happening at Cabin Fever?

There will be a polar plunge, snow bowling, snowshoe outings, a snowball toss, hikes, and outdoor demos. There will also be snowmobile rides and you can get up close and meet sled dogs.

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What Other Offerings Will There Be?

Along with the many family-friendly events, there will also be large fires outside the Welcome Center and on the beach to stay warm. There will be food vendors, animals, and live music. Plus a horse-drawn carriage.

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Grafton Lakes State Park Cabin Fever will take place at Grafton Lakes State Park off of Route 2. You are asked to use the park's main entrance on Grafton Lakes State Park Way. There will be no entrance fee for the event. For more info contact the park at 518-279-1155.

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