Have a Blast at These 9 Off-The-Water Lake George Activities
While the lake is the main attraction in Lake George, NY, the region is home to a wide range fun and family-friendly activities away from the water - you just have to know where to look. When you've had your fill of boating, swimming, and sunbathing on the beach, add some of these off-the-water activities to your Lake George to-do list.
Take to the air and soar like an eagle! If you're a thrill seeker, then you'll be excited to find out that the region contains a variety of unique zipline attractions: Adirondack Extreme in Bolton Landing, Adirondack Adventure Center in Lake Luzerne, ARO's Adventure Center in North River, and West Mountain in Queensbury. These treetop adventure courses invite guests to traverse obstacles like rope bridges, Tarzan swings, nets, ladders, ziplines, and more.
Want to see the world from above? No problem! Plan a small group or family trip aboard a hot air balloon in the Lake George Region. Hot air balloon rides are truly an experience like no other, and if you've ever wanted to see the Adirondacks from high above the treetops, then you should definitely schedule a trip.
When all you want to do is relax with a refreshing and tasty craft beverage, Lake George is the place to be. Right in Lake George Village, you can sample locally-made craft beverages, including wine at Adirondack Winery's tasting room.
Once you've taken your tastebuds on a journey around the village, you can head out to even more craft beverage places in nearby communities. Plan a craft beverage tasting tour to these local producers.
For visitors to the Lake George Region, one of the most unexpected activities off the water is horseback riding. From Painted Pony Ranch in Lake Luzerne to Circle B Ranch in Chestertown, there are a few great family-owned horseback riding ranches where you can go on a guided ride through the beautiful Adirondack woods.
Just outside Lake George is one of the region's most popular indoor/outdoor attractions - The Fun Spot! When the weather is nice, you and the kids can spend the afternoon playing a round of mini-golf and racing around on go-karts. If it's a rainy day, head indoors for roller skating, laser tag, and more family entertainment.
Visit the Fort William Henry Museum for a fun and educational experience off the water. Families can step back in time and learn about the fort from an 18th century military guide (reenactor), witness a musket and cannon fire demonstration, and take a self-guided tour of the museum and its exhibits. History comes alive at Fort William Henry, and you can find the museum between Canada Street and Beach Road in the village.
Ready to get creative? Bring the whole family to WAX 'n' WIX! You'll be able to create your own candles and make some memories along the way. The friendly staff will help guide you through the process while allowing you to choose your own shape, color, and scent. The candles make great souvenirs and even gifts for those who couldn't join you in Lake George!
The Lake George Region is part of the Southeastern Adirondacks, and it features plenty of great hiking trails to explore. In fact, there are so many peaks that one hiking enthusiast has created an official Lake George 12ster challenge.
Similar to the Adirondack 46er, but on a much smaller scale, the Lake George 12ster challenges participating hikers to take on some of the area's hidden gem peaks located on both sides of Lake George. Not only is this challenge a fun way to spend time off the water, but you'll get to experience the beauty of this corner of the Adirondacks.
Sure, you can walk through Lake George Village and the surrounding area. Or, you can bring your bike and go for a ride on local mountain trails and popular road routes. Biking is a fantastic activity if you're looking for scenic views and a good workout. Check out these trails and routes and begin your adventure.