5 Adirondack Attractions You'll Want to Add to Your Lake George Fall Visit
We're so lucky in the Lake George region that we're at the foothills of the Adirondacks, and all the six-million-acre park has to offer. Check out five Adirondack attractions and activities just a short drive away from Lake George this autumn.
The 2,000-acre Fort Ticonderoga offers plenty of chances to take in the foliage and grab gorgeous photos throughout the historic property and gardens, and they offer a stunning view of Lake Champlain. Plus, there's a bonus: If you visit Fort Ticonderoga you're allowed to drive up Mount Defiance, just 10 minutes away, for free. (It's typically $10 per car.) You can view the Fort and tons of foliage from 853 feet up.
Fort Ticonderoga is an hour away from Lake George and they're open from 9:30am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday through October 31, 2020, with the last entry at 4:30pm. Hours are subject to change. You can purchase tickets at the front gate with a credit card, but we recommend checking out the website and getting tickets ahead of time at the link below. (They also do ghost tours and have a corn maze!)
Experience the vivid fall colors from high above with Gore Mountain's scenic skyrides. Don't stop there with the fall fun at Gore, though - they also offer downhill and cross-country mountain biking trails, hikes with informative signage, a mountaintop labyrinth, and disc golf.
For 2020 Gore's summer and fall activities are available 10am to 4pm Thursday through Sunday through September 6 and fall weekends until October 11. This last weekend is likely when the foliage will be close to peak (keep an eye on the Foliage Report), so hurry and get your tickets online beforehand! Gore is about 35 minutes from Lake George.
While some of Ausable Chasm's activities have been postponed for the 2020 season the Riverwalk is open! Your guide walks you along the river with chasm walls as high as 150 feet surrounding you. As with Fort Ticonderoga, this fall attraction is steeped in history, dating back to 1870, which is before the Winter Olympic Games, before Miracle on Ice, and before the Adirondack Park was even established.
While you don't need to make a reservation for the Riverwalk you do need to purchase tickets ahead of time for admission, and it's recommended to get there early for the Riverwalk. (Admission also gets you access to their trails.) Their hours are 9am to 4pm daily; admission to trails ends one hour prior to closing time. Ausable Chasm is about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Lake George.
Sleigh rides in the winter, a petting zoo in the summer, wagon rides and much more in the fall - that's what you can look forward to at Country Dreams Farm in Plattsburgh. Although this attraction is the farthest on our list from Lake George at 1 hour and 35 minutes, you can easily make a day of it with all they have to offer.
If you're looking for a family-friendly fall excursion this is a great pick - their corn maze is designed to be accommodating for all ages, but at the same time you can expect a challenge at every corner! Explore the maze, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, and choose the perfect pumpkin to bring home out of their pumpkin patch. They're open 10am to 5pm daily.
New at Adirondack Adventure Center in Lake Luzerne for 2020 is whitewater rafting! Their "fall leaf peeping season" starts Labor Day Weekend with Class III whitewater rapids and goes through October 11, 2020. As with Gore, you'll want to make a reservation to enjoy the foliage before the season ends!
Whitewater rafting trips are about two hours from start to finish, and the Sacandaga gets a constant flow of 4,000 cubic feet of water per second for rafting trips. And, a bonus: This reputable business also offers lazy river tubing and treetop adventures, and you can book adventure combos to save money. Adirondack Adventure Center is 10 to 15 minutes from Lake George.« Back to the Fall Guide