After being under construction for some time, the former rest area at Northway exit 18 in Queensbury has been transformed into 'The Adirondacks Welcome Center'. Much different than a typical rest area, this features New York State history, popular destinations in the Adirondacks, vending machines that feature New York State foods, and a large playground area complete with a mini zip line.
There's even a 'Walk of Fame' for celebrities with ties to the Adirondacks - Kevin Bacon is featured since his family often camps in Old Forge.
The new building will act as a symbolic gateway to the Adirondacks region of New York State. And yes, there are public restrooms.
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