Lake George NY Vacation Rentals & Travel Guide

Adirondacks (Adirondack Mountains) / Lake George


 Lake George, NY Travel Guide

  DISCOVER LAKE GEORGE, NEW YORK

Lake George, New York is the gateway to the Southern Adirondack Mountains in Eastern Upstate New York.  Located half-way between Albany - the New York state capital - and Montreal, Canada, there are so many exciting Lake George things to do .

The Lake George region is an outdoor lover’s paradise.  The area offers excitement year-round.  There are so many Lake George things to do, with activities ranging from high peaks adventures and mountain biking to camping to water sports and steamboat cruises to skiing and snowmobiling.  Plus, history buffs can take a step back in time visiting revolutionary war battle sites and military landmarks. Regardless of season, Lake George always has something special to offer visitors.

Lake George itself is the centerpiece of the southern Adirondack region.  Spanning approximately 32 miles north to south, this spring-fed glacial lake is simply breathtaking.  There is a remarkable 45 square miles of sparkling, clear water to enjoy.  Lake George is home to over 170 islands and is surrounded by majestic mountains.  It truly sets the stage for your Adirondack vacation adventure.  Make your Adirondack adventure complete with an authentic Adirondack cabin rental .   Many Lake George vacation rentals and New York lake vacation rentals are family ready and pet friendly.

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The Best Places to Stay for Your Lake George Vacation:

Lake George Village:   Lake George Village is a great place to wander.  The walkable area makes this a tourist favorite.  Stroll through a wide variety of shops and restaurants, as well as arcades and themed mini-golf parks.  It is the home to many festivals and concerts year-round.  Lake George Village is also the site of local favorite-- Million Dollar Beach .  Million Dollar Beach is a large, popular beach open to the public.  It offers 200 spots in a paid parking lot and has a public boat launch.  Amenities include picnic areas, grills, showers, changing rooms, and a volleyball court. Find your perfect Lake George Village Vacation Rentals.

Queensbury:   Just to the south of Lake George you will find Queensbury. A bit more urban than Lake George, Queensbury is home to some great attractions such as amusement parks, water parks, and shopping outlets.  It even has a ski mountain – West Mountain Ski Resort.  With such a range of options you’ll never be bored.  Adirondack cabin rentals near Queensbury .

Fort Ann and Pilot Knob :  Located a little to the east of Lake George, Fort Ann is a quaint farming community that offers a lot in terms of hiking and rustic scenery.  The hike to the gazebo at Pilot Knob Preserve is short enough to be do-able, but with a few challenges that keep it interesting.  Consider a  Fort Ann lake front cabin rental .

Diamond Point :  About 4 miles north of Lake George Village, Diamond Point is a great spot to access boat rentals and fishing trips.  This is a great starting point for boaters as it puts you closer to the more scenic views at the Northern end of the lake.  

Ticonderoga and Hague :  Ticonderoga and Hague are in the northern-most portion of Lake George.  They offer a quieter option, away from it all.  In Ticonderoga, you are able to immerse yourself in history with guided tours and experiences like musket and cannon firing demonstrations. Hague is known for offering convenient powerboat boat rentals and visitors enjoy Adirondack sport fishing and easy access to trailheads for day hiking.  Book your Ticonderoga Vacation Rental s or Hague NY Vacation Rentals.

Bolton Landing: Bolton Landing has arguably the most scenic views of Lake George and is great for swimming, shopping and dining. It is also home to legendary The Sagamore Golf Course.   Check out Bolton Landing Vacation Rentals.

Gore Mountain:   Located in North Creek, about 30 minutes from Lake George, Gore Mountain is the largest ski resort close to Lake George and New York’s Capital District.  Known for downhill skiing, Gore has 4 peaks, 110 trails, and 2,537 vertical feet.  But it isn’t just a winter destination.  Throughout Spring, Summer and Fall, Gore hosts seasonal festivals, offers scenic Gondola rides and provides miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. 

Things to do in Lake George in the Summer:

Summer is the season when Lake George really comes alive.  People from all over visit for the day, week, or even season.  With diverse water activities, miles of Adirondack trails to explore, and numerous festivals and concerts to enjoy, summer is the most popular season with lots of Lake George things to do.  Lake George activities include:

  • Boating
  • Lake cruises
  • Water sports
  • Beaches
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Parasailing
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Amusement/theme parks
  • Water parks
  • Camping
  • Biking, mountain biking and rail biking

Things to do in Lake George in the Fall:    

Nature lovers will fall in love with Lake George in autumn.  There is nothing like surrounding yourself in the beauty of an Adirondack Fall.  During the Fall, festivals are designed to make the most of the view. Lake George activities include:
  • Fall foliage viewing
  • Hiking
  • Golfing
  • Fright Fest at Great Escape theme park
  • Oktoberfest
  • Apple picking
  • Shopping
  • Dining

Things to do in Lake George in the Winter: 

If you love the cold, winter in Lake George is the place for you.  Although the crowds are smaller in general, the winter activities and festivals in the Lake George region make it a perfect place for a weekend getaway.  Although some of the smaller, touristy restaurants may close, many larger, centrally located favorites, such as the Adirondack Brewery and the Barnsider Smokehouse Restaurant serve year-round.  Lake George activities include:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snow Tubing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice bars
  • Indoor water park
  • Shopping
  • Dining

Things to do in Lake George in the Spring: 

Spring can be a surprisingly good time to visit Lake George.  As the snow melts and the area thaws, you will encounter perfect conditions for whitewater rafting.  A beautiful warm and dry spring day opens the possibilities for outdoor fun. The exact timing and effects of the season change can make it hard to plan activities in advance, so this is a quieter time in the region. Lake George Activities include:

  • Adventure ropes courses and ziplines
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Horseback riding

Annual Events:

Lake George hosts many amazing annual events.  If you want to line up your vacation with a hobby or interest, it is no problem.  Here are some of the biggest annual events in the region.

Americade:   Americade Lake George typically draws up to 200,000 attendees over the course of Bike Week. The events include sights and sounds that appeal to all ages. Taking place each year in early June you will enjoy prime riding weather.  The region’s scenic roads set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Adirondacks are not to be missed.  Americade Tips

Winter Carnival:   The Lake George Winter Carnival  is a month-long festival taking place over 4 weekends in February.  Have you ever seen an Outhouse race?  You will here.  There are also kids activities, cook offs, ice races, bonfires, fireworks and more.

Elvis Festival:   The Lake George Elvis Festival takes place for 3 full days in late May/early June.  Started in 2004, the Lake George Elvis Fest has grown to be the 2 nd largest Elvis tribute festival in the world. 

Adirondack Balloon Festival:  Adirondack Balloon Fest occurs in late September each year.  Balloons launch in the early mornings and evenings.  Sometimes as many as 80 fill the air.  An amazing way to view the Fall foliage!  5 Unique Fall Foliage Adventures  

Getting to the Lake George Region:

  • Plane  -  ​The nearest airport is Albany International, 50 miles to the south.  You will need to take a train, bus, or rent a car from there.
  • ​Train  -  Amtrak  runs routes from New York City to Montreal with daily stops in Fort Edward, about 20 minutes from the Lake George Area. Car rentals, taxi and   Greater Glens Falls Transit System   shuttles are available from the station. To schedule a pickup on the GGFT shuttles, please call 518-792-1085, 48 hours prior to arrival. 
  • ​Bus  -  ​Grey Hound buses and Adirondacks Trailways will take you all the way to into the Lake George region with regular stops throughout the Lake George region.
  • Car  - The best way by to travel in the Adirondacks is by car. The closest city to offer car rentals is Albany, NY.

​Travel within the Lake George Region:

  • Taxis – 2 taxi services that operate within the Lake George region, Queensbury Taxi and Tri County Cab.
  • Uber/Lyft – Ride sharing services Uber and Lyft began offering services in the Lake George region in 2017.  They are a popular way to get around.  To access their services, download their apps and set up an account.
  • The Lake George Trolley – The Trolley operates 7 days a week in the summer.  There is a southern service route from Lake George to Glens Falls with stops in between.  The northern service route runs between Lake George, Bolton Landing and Warrensburg.  Trolley schedules and information.

 

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