Planning a visit to beautiful Lake George? Well, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve been traveling to this area of New York for years now and always have a fantastic time. Lake George combines amazing outdoor activities with its lively downtown district. Whether you’re just going on a day trip or trying to have the best weekend ever, you’re sure to find plenty of fun things to do in Lake George New York!
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Things to do in Lake George New York Tips
Lake George is a perfect destination for families, couples, and groups of friends.
The best time of year to visit Lake George is between May and October.
Book hotels and campsites ahead in the summer months as it gets very busy, especially around the 4th of July.
Check your dates for festivals such as Bike Week. This time of year the prices will be higher and Lake George will be a lot more crowded.
12 Fun Outdoor Things to do in Lake George New York
1. Take a Historic Steamboat Ride
Many of the most fun things to do in Lake George are out on the water, and a steamboat ride is a must during your visit. The Lake George Steamboat Company was founded in 1817 which makes it over 200 years old!
Its story still lives on today through these magical tours. Take a ride back in time, learn about how the large boats operate, and more about the history of the Lake George area. Some even offer dinner, music, and more entertainment on board.
2. Camping Weekend in Lake George
Our favorite way to experience Lake George is to go camping just outside of town! To us, the perfect weekend in Lake George is setting up our tent, getting out on the water during the day, and relaxing by the fire at night.
While there are endless things to do in Lake George NY, camping in itself is one of the best activities! On our last visit, we stayed at Hearthstone Point Campground. Yet, there are so many different awesome sites available all around the lake!
Other Accommodations: Not into camping? Don’t worry! We’ve recommended some great hotels at the bottom of this post.
3. Tasting at Adirondack Winery
Located right in town, the Adirondack Winery tasting room is a great daytime activity! Stop in and sample one of the many delicious wines that are produced locally.
Each tasting only cost $10 and you can choose from reds, whites, and a variety of unique sweet and fruit wines. Our favorite was a lavender-infused wine which was unlike anything we had tasted before! In addition to their traditional flavors, you can even get wine slushies to-go in the summertime.
4. Ride the Lake George Trolley
One of the iconic images of Lake George is the old school trolleys coasting along the water through town. We had no idea when we first arrived, but these trolleys go all over Lake George outside of the main town!
The transit system actually serves Lake George, Bolton Landing, Queensbury, and Glens Falls. That means even if you’re staying outside of town, you can catch the trolley to many of the best things to do in Lake George!
5. Relax at Million Dollar Beach
There are endless beaches to discover around Lake George. They range from the long sandy stretches to parks, and small unnamed coves. Many of the best campgrounds have their own beaches which is a perfect way to spend the day.
However, the most popular beach and closest to town definitely lives up to its name! Million Dollar Beach has a large paid parking lot and is a fun place to enjoy while still being near the main strip. Honestly, one of the best things to do in Lake George is just to pull up a chair and sip on something cold at the beach!
6. Catch the View From Prospect Mountain
Make the hike or drive up to the top of Prospect Mountain for a beautiful view of the area. This is hands down one of the most popular things to do in Lake George. If you’re visiting on a weekend make sure to go early as the trail can get quite crowded.
7. Kayak or SUP
Looking to do something more active after taking a Lake George Steamboat ride? Well, there’s plenty more to do on the water! We always use our Intex inflatable kayak while exploring New England and brought it for our weekend in Lake George. You can paddle out along the shores, or even to some of the gorgeous islands.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is also one of the most fun things to do in Lake George. Head to Kayak Lake George to get your equipment and go out on the water for a fun day in the sun.
8. Walk & Shop on the Main Strip
While the best part of Lake George is getting out into nature, it’s hard to resist the cute streets of downtown. Lake George is filled with great restaurants, fun bars, and unique gift shops.
Spend a few hours strolling the main strip and don’t miss out on one of our favorite spots at the Lake George Olive Oil Company. While downtown you can also visit the pretty Shepard Park and take a swim at the beach there.
9. Hike Pilot Knob Trail Head
Several of the best things to do in Lake George New York are in the mountains surrounding the water. Pilot Knob Trail Head is just a short drive from town and will not take you more than an hour to hike to the first viewpoint.
The area in Schumann Preserve is beautiful, and once you get up to the Pilot Knob gazebo you’ll see why! The vertical climb is not too difficult which makes it perfect for families and kids.
10. Explore Fort Williams
Located right near downtown, the historic Fort Williams is one of the best places to see history in Lake George. The fort was built in 1755 by the British in their battle against the French.
Today you can visit the Fort Williams Museum and learn all about this extension of the Seven Year’s War in Europe between the two powers.
11. Eat Out in Lake George
It’s easy to see how many great restaurants and bars there are around the lake while walking through town! Here you’ll find everything from local diners and pubs to upscale eateries and wine bars.
There is also pizza, turkish kebabs, sushi, and plenty of quick eats to enjoy in between all the fun things to do in Lake George NY. For drinks make sure to stop by 163 Taproom and the Lake George Beach Club.
12. Visit Bolton Landing
During your visit to Lake George, there’s one more short drive you need to make! Bolton Landing is a small village just 20 minutes from the center of town.
This cute town is full of cafes, antique shops, and stunning lake views. If you’re heading there in the morning head to Bolton Beans Cafe for a coffee and breakfast. There’s also another Adirondack Winery tasting room located here, too!
Have any questions about this article or want to share more of your favorite outdoor activities in Lake George New York? Leave us a comment below!
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Where to Stay in Lake George New York
Waterfront Resort– Tea Island Resort – The perfect getaway right on Lake George! Use the on-site kayaks, paddleboards, and more when you’re not relaxing with the stunning views.
Fun Vacation – Courtyard by Marriott Lake George – Amazing resort to spend a weekend in Lake George. Take in the pool, gym, and all the amenities of a luxury hotel on your vacation.
Resort Stay – The Stone Gate Resort – Situated right near the entrance of Adirondack State Park, Stone Gate is an incredible lakeside resort. If you’re looking for a place on the water outside of town you can’t go wrong here!
Budget Option – Admiral Motel – Located right in the center of Lake George Village, Admiral Motel is a great place to start your adventures from. Enjoy the charming rooms in a country-like setting while being close to the lake and all the action of town.
For more places to stay in Lake George New York you can explore the latest prices here!
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