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Discover a Multitude of Ways to Keep Cool in Lake George This Summer

Summer 2020 may look different from years past, but one aspect has stayed consistent: the heat and humidity. See below for 10 fun and varied ways to keep cool this summer in Lake George, from cool drinks and food to swimming spots and more.

Frozen Drinks & Sweet Treats

Try a Frozen Wine Slushy at Adirondack Winery or Purchase a Lush Wine Cocktail Mix

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Did you know? Frozen wine slushies are an add-on option for wine tastings at Adirondack Winery's Lake George and Bolton Landing locations! You can also purchase their lush wine cocktail mixes. Flavors include Citrus Sangria, Strawberry Basil Lemonade, Frose, and Cosmopolitan. Lush is an organic, 100% all-natural dry mix that is added to wines to create flavorful, thirst-quenching, and cooling wine slushies.

The Lake George location is open daily from 10am to 10pm, and Bolton Landing is open 11am to 8pm. Reservations can be made at the link below. (Note: The Queensbury location is also open for tastings, but do not have wine slushies at this time.)

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Head to the Rooftop Cabana Bar for an Island Oasis Drink

view of rooftop bar

Situated on top of Surfside at the Lake, the Rooftop Cabana Bar is arguably a hidden gem in Lake George Village. Come try one of their Island Oasis Frozen Drinks (daiquiris, pina coladas, margaritas, and more) and pair your cool cocktail with one of their scrumptious burgers or deli sandwiches. Bonus: The retractable roof allows for sipping drinks in the shade.

Note: Please call ahead before visiting the Rooftop Cabana Bar as the bar may be subject to close without notice. They are currently open from 12pm to 10pm daily. Food is not served after 9pm.

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Indulge in a Dressed-Up Waffle Cone With Your Favorite Ice Cream Flavor at Nina's Sweet Shoppe

gourmet looking waffle cones

Treat yourself! To the most spectacular waffle cone when you choose to get your ice cream at Nina's Sweet Shoppe, where they know how to make summer sweets fit for a king. They offer hard and soft ice cream as well as sorbets, and they have a slew of candy you'll be tempted to purchase for later.

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A Wild Waterpark & A Beach on the Lake

Bring the Family to a Weather-Proof Water Attraction & Stay the Weekend at Great Escape Indoor Lodge & Waterpark

two little boys smiling and playing in an indoor water park

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark currently has two of their refreshingly cool attractions open for guests staying at the lodge: The Lazy River, Tak-It-Eesi-Creek and Children's Activity Pool, and Tip-A-Kanu-Beach are open daily to guests of the Lodge from 1pm to 9pm for the remainder of summer 2020.

You'll forget all about the heat outside when you're floating along the winding Tak-It-Eesi-Creek making your way underneath mini waterfalls and fountains. If you're cooling off with kids check out the shallow Tip-A-Kanu-Beach with "pint-sized water slides, baby swings, and wildlife-themed spurting fountains."

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Run Into the Water Like You're a Kid Again at Million Dollar Beach

scene with people in water at beachNote: Photo taken prior to COVID-19 and does not reflect current social distancing standards.

Million Dollar Beach is open daily from 10am to 6pm at a reduced capacity with restricted parking and there's a $10 fee to park. Guests may swim if the lifeguard is on duty, and there's also a public boat launch with a boat inspection/boat wash station. Cool off in the Queen of American Lakes for the quintessential Lake George summer experience.

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Paddling, Tubing & Rafting

Rent a Paddleboard From Kayak Lake George & Get Out on the Lake

girl sitting on a paddleboard

You know what's fun about paddleboarding and kayaking? It's okay if you're not a seasoned athlete at the activity - if you fall off or tip over, that's just yet another way to stay cool! Kayak Lake George is open daily from 9:30am to 5:30pm and they have standup paddleboards, paddleboats, kayaks, and double kayaks available to rent by the hour.

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Take a Lazy Ride Down a River With Adirondack Adventure Center

three people in blue tubes in the water

Adirondack Adventure Center in Lake Luzerne allows you to beat the heat with the whole family (kids two and under are free!) as you relax in a comfortable tube with your feet dipped in the cool water. Their lazy river tubing adventure will keep you cool for two-and-a-half to three hours!

And, new for 2020, they also offer whitewater rafting, if you're ready to keep cool while crossing off a thrilling bucket list item.

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A River, A Waterfall & A Pool

Find a Little-Known Swimming Spot Along the Hudson River


Here's how to get to a cool swimming spot: Drive north on Main Street in Lake Luzerne and when the road splits veer left onto Wall Street. This becomes River Road. Continue on this road for three to four miles until you reach a parking area, and the Hudson River is right there! Although unmarked, there are several sandbars on the side of River Road where you can jump in and explore the water.

Note: Be aware of how close to Rockwell Falls you are, which are south of this spot, close to where the Hudson River meets the Sacandaga River. Basically, don't swim or float too far downstream. (Speaking of waterfalls, check out the next way to cool off on our list!)

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Splish & Splash at Shelving Rock Falls' Pristine Waterfall

waterfall over rocks

Bring your swimsuit (and maybe some water shoes) to this excellent cooling off place! Shelving Rock Falls on the eastern side of Lake George allows for a quick dip in shallow waters by a cascading waterfall.

It is unsurprisingly a rocky area, so take care when swimming here. It's also a popular place for both hiking and swimming, so it might be a good idea to have a backup plan in case it's busy. Or, plan to come early in the morning on a weekday when you're more likely to have this serene spot to yourself.

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Leap Into the Swimming Pool at Gurney Lane

swimming pool areaPhoto provided by Queensbury Parks & Recreation

There is a pool available to the public (residents and visitors) at Gurney Lane Recreation Area. For the summer of 2020 the pool is by reservation only through Queensbury Parks & Recreation. This 6,200-foot outdoor pool has a 1-meter diving well and a slide, as well as a shallow area ideal for kids.

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