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    There are plenty of things to do in Lake George, America’s first vacation getaway. Since the mid-19th century, city dwellers have flocked to the mountains and waterways around Lake George to experience the great outdoors. The area quickly developed into a major tourist destination over the years, with Lake George Village still attracting millions of vacationers to this day.

    The town’s namesake remains the most popular attraction, but you’ll also discover many cultural sites. From colonial landmarks and sandy beaches to shopping outlets, Lake George caters to a wide range of vacations. You can escape the urban hustle and still have modern comforts wherever you visit. Check out these best things to do in Lake George and start planning your retreat.

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    Lake George Steamboat Company

    Enjoy a dinner cruise around the lake

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    The Lake George Steamboat Company lets you explore Lake George’s beauty from the water. The company features some of the USA's oldest steamboats, offering daily cruises on 3 large vessels around the lake from May to October. With upwards of 13 cruises per day, your options include meal cruises, entertainment cruises, sightseeing cruises, and more.

    The Lac du Saint Sacrement is New York's largest inland water cruise ship, offering a romantic setting for dinner or brunch. Operating since 1908, the Mohican cruises nearly the entire 32-mile lake and offers trips around the Islands of the Narrows and into the tranquil Paradise Bay. The Minne-Ha-Ha is noted for its kid-friendly cruises and hosts a variety of live onboard entertainment.

    Locatie: 57 Beach Rd, Lake George, NY 12845, USA

    Openingstijden: Daily from 9 am to 8 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-668-5777


    Million Dollar Beach

    Go for a refreshing swim or launch your boat into the water

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    Million Dollar Beach is the most popular public beach in Lake George Village. The 51-acre sandy area on the southern shore of Lake George accommodates families, swimmers, boaters, and anyone looking to unwind by the water. Pack a lunch for a picnic, cook burgers on the grill, or play volleyball with your family and friends. Just make sure there are lifeguards on duty before going for a swim.

    If you plan on bringing your boat, arrive early since the boat launch’s parking quickly reaches capacity. The beach is free but you’ll have to pay a parking fee if bringing your vehicle. There are showers, restrooms, changing rooms, concession stands, and well-maintained facilities for a relaxing beach day out.

    Locatie: Beach Rd, Lake George, NY 12845, USA

    Openingstijden: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-668-3352


    Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway

    Drive to one of the best views of the Adirondacks

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    The Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is a 5.5-mile route that provides incredible views of Lake George. Usually open from late May to early November, the winding road takes you from the village to the summit of Prospect Mountain. The 2-lane highway is accessed from Route 9 about half a mile south of the village and has 3 scenic overlooks.

    On a clear day, the 100-mile view from the summit lets you gaze at the Adirondack High Peaks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and Vermont’s Green Mountains. Prospect Mountain offers scenic hiking trails around the summit, and there’s a picnic area where you can enjoy your lunch. There’s a large parking lot to leave your vehicle, but you’ll have to pay a fee.

    Openingstijden: Late May–early September: daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Early September–early November: daily from 9 am to 5 pm


    The Outlets at Lake George

    Save money at your favourite retail and designer brands

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    The Outlets at Lake George is the premier shopping destination in the area, just a 10-minute drive south of Lake George Village. The adjacent outlets offer attractive deals on clothing, shoes, and gifts for men and women. Save big at designer brands such as Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach Outlet, and Vera Bradley. Stock up on new sports gear at Adidas, Asics, and New Balance.

    All stores are within walking distance of each other, and you can complete your shopping in a single trip. If you get hungry during your shopping spree, stop by the Beef Jerky Experience or Lindt Chocolate for a delightful snack.

    Locatie: 1424 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845, USA

    Openingstijden: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-793-3875


    Fort William Henry Museum

    Tour a British fort built during the French and Indian War

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    The Fort William Henry Museum, less than a mile south of Lake George Village, is where you can travel back in time the colonial age. The British built the fortress in 1755 due to the ongoing conflict with the French to protect their colonies. Nestled on Lake George’s southern shore, Fort William was strategic in attacks against the French and witnessed fierce battles during the French and Indian War.

    Guided tours discuss the importance of the conflict and include musket and cannon firing demonstrations. Exhibits and artefacts reveal a soldier’s life at the outpost and showcase the Native American tribes who lived in the area. For a spooky visit, join the ghost tour to explore the fort's haunted locations and hear tales of lingering spirits.

    Locatie: 48 Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845, USA

    Openingstijden: Hours vary by season

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-668-5471


    Shelving Rock Falls

    Hike to a beautiful waterfall and enjoy dramatic lakeside views

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    Shelving Rock Falls is a beautiful location along the eastern shores of Lake George. The 50-ft cascade is easy to reach, about a 45-minute drive from Lake George Village and makes a relaxing spot to cool off during the summer. You can reach the trailhead by boating into Log Bay or driving to the nearest parking lot.

    The unmarked dirt trail follows serene waterfalls and eventually reaches Lake George. Families will find the path suitable for the youngsters on a family trip into the outdoors. Just be cautious around the rocky base of the falls since it's steep and slippery. For an aerial view of Lake George, you can also take the nearby 1.7-mile hike to the Shelving Rock Summit.

    Locatie: Fort Ann, NY 12827, USA

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-623-1200


    Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course

    Soar through treetops on exhilarating obstacle courses

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    Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course is a nature playground built for adrenaline junkies, just 15 miles north of Lake George Village. The daring obstacle courses take you to the treetops while you conquer zip lines, ladders, rope bridges, and other barriers. Adirondack Extreme opened the USA's first aerial adventure course back in 2007, and has since offered 1.5 miles of obstacle courses.

    Challenge yourself to over 100 obstacles and around a dozen zip lines on the 4-, 5-, and 6-course packages. Bring your kids and test their skills on the children’s courses or let them play on the Squirrels Den Playground. The staff provides a training session and encourages you on each course to ensure you make incredible memories exploring the Adirondack forest.

    Locatie: 35 Westwood Forest Lane, Bolton Landing, NY 12814, USA

    Openingstijden: Hours vary by season

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-494-7200


    Shepard’s Beach Park

    Watch free concerts and firework shows beside Lake George

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    Shepard’s Beach Park in Lake George Village is a great place to get real vibes of the area as it hosts many of the town’s public events. An onsite amphitheatre holds free concerts, craft shows, family-friendly events, and other live entertainment. Bring your blanket or lawn chair on Thursday nights during the summer for exciting fireworks beside the lake.

    Shepard’s Beach Park opens in the summer for swimmers and sunbathers. The beach includes lifeguards on duty, public restrooms, and a playground for children. You’ll find a nearby dock that makes a delightful spot to cast your reel and catch a variety of fish. The park has several picnic tables to have a midday snack, and there are plenty of restaurants nearby where you can dine with a great view.

    Locatie: Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845, USA

    Openingstijden: Daily from 7 am to 11.30 pm

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-668-2864


    House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

    Walk through a haunted house filled with wax monsters

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    Roam the halls of the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum in Lake George for a terrifying encounter with lifelike monsters. The creatures following you through this haunted house aren’t living, but they’re not exactly dead, either. You’ll notice that the wax figures move, make noises, and spook you around every turn. Walk down the dark hallways to find famous monsters from classic literature and horror movies. 

    Before entering the haunted house, check out the detailed exhibits and watch out for Frankenstein standing at the entrance. The tunnels have lots of flashing lights, and anyone prone to seizures should take extra caution. Due to the graphic nature, younger children are not allowed in without an adult.

    Locatie: 213 Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845, USA

    Openingstijden: Hours vary by season

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-668-3377


    Lake George Beach Club

    Sip refreshing cocktails on an outdoor patio deck

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    Lake George Beach Club serves delicious food and entertains guests with live music right along the Lake George waterfront. You can listen to the band while lounging on the 2-storey deck and enjoying fantastic views of Lake George. The restaurant’s menu includes savoury appetisers, tacos, burgers, quesadillas, seafood, salads, and more. After a busy day of exploring the lake, unwind with a draft beer, cocktail, spiked seltzer, or wine.

    Many talented musicians in the region perform at the club, resulting in a festive nightlife scene. Sports fans can watch their favourite teams play on high-definition TVs, while in the early afternoons, sun-worshippers are steps away from the beach. If you’re throwing a huge party, the Adirondack Room serves as an intimate space for your private event.

    Locatie: 3 Montcalm St, Lake George, NY 12845, USA

    Openingstijden: Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from noon to 9 pm (closed from Mondays to Thursdays)

    Telefoonnummer: +1 518-685-5418

    Daniel Grenier | Schrijver

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