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See Lake George's Fall Foliage From A Different Perspective

The Lake George area is a fantastic place to see fall foliage. From the Adirondack Mountains to the lakeshore, there are endless trees putting on a fiery show. This fall, break outside of the box and try out some non-traditional methods for leaf peeping. Here are some ideas to help you plan a fun, unique foliage-filled adventure:

From the Lake

Minne Ha Ha steamboat cruising on Lake George in autumn

If you're not one for propelling yourself on the water, have someone else do the driving. Book a private boat charter and ask your captain for insider tips for the best views with plenty of time to stop and admire the vibrant colors. Another option is taking a boat cruise with a company like Lake George Steamboat Co. or Lake George Shoreline Cruises. There are a variety of cruises including brunch and lunch cruises that offer scenic views all along the lake.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafters going down the river during fall

Whitewater rafting in the fall offers a unique leaf peeping experience. You'll find yourself immersed in the stunning foliage as you conquer the river's rapids. Many rafting outfitters provide a meal during or after your trip, offering even more time to take in the splendid scenery. If you're not up for conquering rapids, consider renting a kayak for a paddle along the area's serene lakes and ponds.

Horseback Riding

Parents and son on horseback

Giddy up! What better way to fully embrace nature's beauty than atop a majestic horse? Hit the trails and enjoy scenic views of fiery red, orange, and yellow leaves. Check with local horseback riding outfitters to find out their ride schedules during the fall.

Hot Air Ballooning

Newly engaged couple on a hot air balloon ride in fall

For truly awe-inspiring, panoramic views of the fall foliage, book a hot air balloon ride. From the basket of a hot air balloon, you'll be able to see the Adirondacks, Vermont's Green Mountains, and even Saratoga depending on your flight path. It's certainly arguable that this is the most romantic way to leaf peep and many ballooning companies provide a post-flight champagne toast.

The Great Escape

The rollercoaster Flashback at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, a Six Flags Theme Park

Get your adrenaline pumping while you take in breathtaking views of the changing leaves. Some of the best views can be seen from Sasquatch's drop tower and Flashback as they slowly lift you up above the trees. The Great Escape is open weekends in the fall through October.


woman ziplining in the fall

Fly through the forest set ablaze with color for an unforgettable experience. Ziplining is a great way to get thrill-seeking friends and older kids on board with leaf peeping. Most area courses are open weekends through October.

Gore Mountain Gondola Rides

Gondolas ascending Gore Mountain in autumn

As you ascend Gore Mountain in a gondola, you'll be surrounded by the vivid hues of the deciduous trees. The mountain provides 360° views of the southern Adirondacks and High Peaks which have some of the best foliage in the northeast. Don't miss their annual Harvest Festival for family-friendly fall fun on the mountain. Fall activities are open at Gore Mountain on Saturdays & Sundays.

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