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8 Adventures You Can Cross Off Your Bucket List in Lake George

Want to put a dent in your bucket list? Look no further! Lake George is a hub of adventure in Upstate New York, so you don't have to wait to cross off those once in a lifetime experiences. From water sports on the pristine lake, to hiking, riding, soaring and climbing - you can do it all in and around Lake George!

woman parasails over lake
Photo credit: Alan Nudi

1. Parasail Above Lake George

No skill required for this bucket list item! Sit back, relax and soar high above Lake George  with Parasailing Adventures. This safe yet thrilling ride will hold you above the treetops, providing a stunning view of islands, mountains and all the water in between. Reservations and spontaneous walk-ups are welcome.

2. Learn to Fly a Helicopter - Or Just Ride!

Are you itching to take flight? Get out of town for a little while with North Country Heliflite! NCHF offers scenic tours of the Adirondack and Green Mountains in a 4-seat Robinson R-44. From a bird's-eye view you can travel from Lake George, through the High Peaks and into Vermont. Want to take this bucket list item even further? Earn your rotary-wing pilot's license with NCHF's flight training program.

3. Ride the Zip Lines at Adirondack Extreme

Unleash your inner monkey and challenge yourself to thrilling treetop obstacle adventures at Adirondack Extreme in Bolton Landing. Their one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure course features everything from Tarzan swings and suspended bridges to nets, ladders, and zip lines that will have you soaring through a scenic forest. This tree-to-tree experience is perfect for all ages and fitness levels, and a great addition to your bucket list.

4. Go Scuba Diving in the Lake

Are you an experienced scuba diver? Enjoy plunging under the surface of Lake George to discover historic wrecks, reefs and magnificent island walls! Check scuba diving in Lake George off your bucket list with a day of exploration.

Want to get underwater but not ready for full-on scuba diving? Daleys Adventure Boat Tours caters their tours to you, and that can include snorkeling and exploring sunken ships.

dock and island

5. Camp on Your Own Private Island

Spend a night or two on your own private island surrounded solely by Lake George's pristine waters. Your bucket list item may have been to own a private island, but boating to your campsite and pitching a tent is pretty awesome too! With 44 different state owned islands, Lake George has almost 400 island campsites. Leave your car behind; you'll only need a boat for this trip!

6. Float Away in a Hot Air Balloon

Take the slower flight experience surrounded by fresh air in the basket of a hot air balloon with Adirondack Balloon Flights by SunKiss Ballooning. Float up and away and peer down upon the Adirondack Mountains, the local countryside, and of course - Lake George. You're sure to have an unforgettable good time!

7. Hike a High Peak

Start your journey to becoming a renowned Adirondack 46er! Lake George is just south of the Adirondack High Peaks region, so there's no better time to check this off your bucket list. Cascade Mountain is the closest high peak to Lake George, but you have 45 others to choose from, so take your pick. This challenging bucket list item will yield a great reward and breathtaking view at the summit, so get peaking!

8. Raft The Rapids

Gear up for a bumpy, wet, exhilarating ride down the rapids of the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers! Skip the calm canoe ride for a thrilling whitewater rafting excursion. Let the adrenaline pump as you ride straight through rapids, dodging obstacles along the way. Adirondack Adventure Center in Lake Luzerne can you get started, and there other reputable companies farther north in the Adirondacks.

Fly high or dive deep to complete your bucket list today. How many items can you check off in Lake George?

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