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Find the Best Things to Do in Lake George: The Best Of 2023 Winners

You picked them - these are the absolute best things to do in Lake George! Each year we conduct the Best Of Lake George contest and fans vote on their favorites. From indoor fun to outdoor activities, here are some of the highlights from this year's winners.

Best Indoor Attraction: The Sembrich

inside museum with grand piano

Explore the history of Marcella Sembrich, one of the most prolific musicians and teachers of the 19th and 20th centuries, when you visit The Sembrich! The museum hosts a permanent collection of memorabilia from Marcella Sembrich, including letters, artwork, costumes, and more. 

Best Outdoor Attraction: Sacandaga Outdoor Center

From whitewater rafting to tubing to kayaking, your outdoor, one-the-water, Adirondack adventures begin at Sacandaga Outdoor Center in Hadley. SOC has provided family-friendly, guided rafting trips for over three decades. Come join them on the gorgeous Sacandaga River.

Best Kid-Friendly Attraction: Sacandaga Outdoor Center

Yes, it's true - Sacandaga Outdoor Center also took home the gold for the best attraction to bring the littles ones to. Kids 5 and up can enjoy a traditional shared raft, teens 16 and up can come along for guided tubing (must be at least 5'4"), and ages 14 and up are able to take part in guided kayaking.

Best Cruise or Boat Tour: Lake George Steamboat Company

The Lake George Steamboat Company gets crowned Best Cruise yet again! Their three cruise ships are a familiar and striking sight to see on the Queen of American Lakes. Experience this quintessential Lake George marvel for yourself when you a book a dinner cruise, sunset cruise, or another special tour.

Best Beach: Million Dollar Beach

Located on the southern basin of Lake George, Million Dollar Beach is the place to be whenever the weather gets warm. The mountain views coupled with the beauty of the lake come together at this beloved summer hotspot, earning it the Best Beach title.

Best Mini Golf: Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf

split image. on left is a waterfall draining into a pond at Pirate's Cove. on right is a large pirate ship at Pirate's Cove

Did you know Lake George is the unofficial Mini Golf Capital of the World? It's true! So when we say Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf wins for Best Mini Golf it's a significant achievement, beating out quite a bit competition in the region. Make sure to plan an outing on your next visit to this unique attraction that takes you on a trip through the world of 18th century buccaneers.

Best Horseback Riding: Circle B Ranch

group of people lined up on horses

Horseback riding is an easily overlooked Lake George activity, but there's no better feeling that riding these majestic animals on the areas many trails. Circle B Ranch in Chestertown offers horseback riding year-round, including one and two hour trail rides and riding lessons. 

Best Attraction in Hadley & Lake Luzerne: Sacandaga Outdoor Center

Sacandaga Outdoor Center wins again, this time for the best attraction in the Hadley and Lake Luzerne area. They have an optimal location where the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers meet. There's just a short bus ride from their location and you'll be on the water in no time.

Best Attraction in the Adirondacks, North of Lake George: Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

split image. on left is kids standing in front of a waterfall. on right is cavers exploring the mouth of a large cave

Explore Adirondack geology at the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville. This site hosts the largest marble cave entrance in the eastern U.S. and offers walking, caving, hiking, and snowshoeing tours.

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