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Where to Watch the Most Stunning & Romantic Sunsets in Lake George

There's just something special about watching Lake George come alive with brilliant colors during a sunset. It's a memorable sight to see, and for many people, a sunset provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. Would you like to experience a Lake George sunset for yourself? Check out these top places in the region for stunning and romantic sunsets.

Take a Stroll Along the Shoreline in Lake George Village

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Looking for the most convenient place to see the sunset? Head to Lake George Village and take a stroll along the scenic shoreline in the evening. The sunset is gorgeous any time of the year, and you can watch it from Shepard Park or one of the benches along Beach Road.

While you're there, be sure to save some time for exploring the village. Adirondack Winery's Lake George Tasting Room is located right across the street from Shepard Park, so you can stop by, pick up a couple bottles of their handcrafted, fruit-infused wines, and then go see the sunset over the lake. For the full experience, book an afternoon wine tasting beforehand.

You can also grab a bite to eat at a village restaurant and visit a couple shops too.

Sit Back & Soak Up the Expansive Views at the Pilot Knob Gazebo

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Hikes and scenic views go hand-in-hand, and one of the best places to hike in the Lake George area is the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. This nature preserve is on the east side of Lake George in Fort Ann, and it includes two marked trails, the Orange Trail and the Blue Trail.

To watch the sunset, park at the trailhead and then hike .7-mile along the moderately steep Orange Trail until you reach the Pilot Knob gazebo and lookout, which features magnificent views of Lake George and the Adirondacks. Grab a seat inside the gazebo or on its wooden platform, and get ready to see the sun slowly dip below the mountains. It's a top spot to bring your significant other, and the hike only takes about 20 minutes one-way.

Let the Sunset Be the Backdrop of Your Next Outdoor Dining Trip

During the warmer months, there is no shortage of excellent outdoor dining options in the Lake George area. Restaurants open up their patios and decks so that customers can enjoy the sun and scenic views. For your next trip, consider these local restaurants that offer the perfect mix of food, drinks, and a view of the sunset.

Sip a Flavorful Cocktail at the Rooftop Cabana Bar

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Open from Memorial Day through early September, the Rooftop Cabana Bar and Restaurant at Surfside on the Lake in Lake George serves cocktails, fruit smoothies, burgers, sandwiches, and more in a festive atmosphere. As you sit back and sip your drink on this rooftop bar, you can witness the beautiful sunset over the lake.

Watch Boaters Pull In & the Sun Set at The Boathouse Restaurant

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Waterfront dining doesn't get much better than at The Boathouse Restaurant in Lake George, which is popularly known for its unique location and high-quality seafood and steaks. This restaurant is in a historic boathouse, and you can dine indoors or outdoors on one of the two decks overlooking the lake. The Boathouse is typically open from April through October.

Look Forward to Food With a View at the Tavern on the Lake

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Located in Bolton Landing, The Tavern on the Lake at Blue Water Manor offers customers a comfortable atmosphere for dining directly on Lake George. The rustic restaurant is typically open from late April through October, and their menu includes juicy burgers, lite fare, savory entrees, and signature cocktails. When you dine outdoors on their deck, you can watch as the colors of the sunset spread across the sky.

Step Aboard a Cruise Ship for an Amazing View of the Sunset

a steamboat on a lake with mountains in the backgroundPhoto: Lake George Steamboat Company

A ride aboard a cruise ship in Lake George is already a romantic outing, but when you add a view of the sunset, that simply enhances the experience. Both the Lake George Steamboat Company and Lake George Shoreline Cruises offer special sunset cruises that allow you to relax and have an evening to remember. Can you picture yourself standing on the top deck as the sky fills with color and the sun sets in the distance? If so, then you should book a ride on an upcoming cruise.

Plan a Private Boat Tour on the Waters of Lake George

lake and sunset skyPhoto: Boating with Bob

Whether you want to go swimming, tubing, or sightseeing, a private boat tour on Lake George is just what you need. There are a variety of boat charters to choose from, and trips are fully customizable. You can have a fun-filled time with the entire family, or you can book a private tour for two and watch the sunset with your significant other. Let your captain do the work as you cruise across the waters of Lake George.

To get started, check out the rates and availability from some of the area's best boat charters, including Boating with Bob, Bolton Boat Tours, and Lake George Island Boat Tours.

Tip: The three boat charters mentioned above (and others) allow you to bring your own food and drinks along for the ride. Before you go, pick up a bottle of Adirondack Winery wine and enjoy a toast when sunset arrives.

Drive Up to the Top of the World Golf Resort

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For breathtaking views in a beautiful spot, take a drive up to the Top of the World Golf Resort - one of Lake George's best-kept secrets. The property features an 18-hole golf course, a charming B&B, a contemporary restaurant, and a wide view of Lake George from what feels like the top of the world.

Although you can drive up just for the sunset or a round of golf, we recommend getting a window seat at the restaurant and enjoying some of their fresh, contemporary fare. Top of the World typically opens for the season in early May.

Sunsets in the Lake George region are one-of-a-kind and well worth the trip with your significant other or family. Make plans for a visit to a top sunset spot today!

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