Located just a few hours’ drive from New York City, Lake George is a popular place for city dwellers to spend their summers.
Once you’ve found your Lake George accommodations, check out these five fun things to do in the area.
1. Hike the Adirondacks
The Adirondacks cover about 6 million acres and include about 46 different mountain peaks. The mountain range is three times larger than Yellowstone. Hikers of every skill level will find a trail to explore.
More skilled hikers should check out the three-mile roundtrip climb up Prospect Mountain, which leads to spectacular panoramic views of the lake and surrounding peaks. You will also find what’s left of the Prospect Mountain Cable Incline Railway, which was one the longest cable railroads in the world.
2. Have Fun at Six Flags
Kids of all ages will enjoy the Six Flags Great Escape theme park. It has over 100 rides and attractions, including one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world, The Comet.
3. Go Back in Time at Fort William Henry
History buffs will want to visit Fort William Henry, a former British fort. Built in the 1750s, it served as an outpost to protect the British colonies in New York from the French invaders in Canada.
4. Enjoy a Local Beverage
Take a break and have a glass of wine at the Adirondack Winery, one of the country’s first micro-wineries. If you prefer something harder, the Lake George Distilling Company handcrafts bourbon, whiskey and moonshine using locally sourced ingredients.
5. Spend Time on the Lake
Rent a speed boat, pontoon or kayak, and tool around the 28,200-acre lake. If you fish, you might be able to catch lake trout, landlocked salmon, black bass and yellow perch. Or take a dinner cruise with the Lake George Steamboat Company.