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FREE Things To Do In Lake George NY

Have fun in Lake George without paying a dime!

Looking for free things to do in Lake George NY? You've come to the right place.

The Lake George area thrives during the warmer months with activity and adventure around every turn. Below are some free things to do that the whole family will enjoy. Special thanks to fans of our Lake George Facebook Page for helping us compile this list!

Top Lake George Activities You Can Enjoy For Free

Go for a Swim

swimmers at shepard park beach

Why not spend a day of fun under the sun? You can head to one of the beautiful Lake George beaches to splash around in the refreshing, pristine water.

In Lake George Village, both Shepard Park Beach and Usher Park Beach are open to the public for no charge. Million Dollar Beach, a popular hotspot at the southern tip of the lake, is also free to the public but charges for parking, so plan to walk down to the beach if you're staying nearby, or find free parking elsewhere.

If you're heading northward, check out Hague Town Beach and Washington County Beach -- both are free.

Picnic by the Lake

Pack a lunch and head out to Shepard Park or down to the shoreline for a delightful picnic! Enjoy the scenery, watch the steamboats glide by, and see parasailers soaring above the water. Just remember to keep your napkins and other lunch necessities from blowing into the water.

Take a Hike

view of lake george village from prospect mountain

Pack up some gear and head out for a day of Lake George hiking on the surrounding Adirondack Mountains. You'll witness views that will take your breath away. Prospect Mountain is the closest hike to Lake George -- it starts in the Village -- and offers 100-mile views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Although those who drive up Prospect Mountain must pay a fee, it's free to hike.

Tour the Region on a Bike Trail

Hit a biking trail for a fun and free day exploring the Lake George area's landscape. The Warren County Bikeway begins in the Village and sets off southward through the woods, with plenty of places to stop and take in the scenery. The trail ends in downtown Glens Falls.

Attend a Free Concert

people watching a concert at shephard park Photo credit: Amanda Metzger

Please Note: The free concerts at Shepard Park have been canceled for summer 2020.

Enjoy fabulous free concerts at the bandstand in Shepard Park all summer long. There are live performances by musicians and entertainers almost every night during the summer. Bring a blanket or a couple of chairs and enjoy the show against the stunning backdrop of the lake.

Discover Lake George's History

Take a walk around the Village to explore the sights. Pay a visit to Battlefield Park, the site of an important battle in the French and Indian War. From the south end of the lake, you'll also be able to spot the historic steamboats setting off on the water, and see Fort William Henry perched on its hill.

While you can't ride the steamboats or tour the fort for free, there are free museums in the area. Check out the Lake George Historical Association & Museum in the 19th-century courthouse on Canada Street, as well as the Bolton Historical Museum in Bolton Landing.

Experience the Fireworks

fireworks over lake george as viewed from prospect mountain

Please Note: The weekly fireworks displays have been canceled for summer 2020.

There are spectacular fireworks over Lake George Village most Thursday nights at dusk in July and August. These can be seen for miles, and make for a great night of free entertainment. On the evenings when there are no fireworks, enjoy star gazing beneath the clear night sky.

Explore with GeoCaching

Go on a treasure hunt to find new and interesting places in Lake George. GeoCaching is a free and fun activity for all ages, and you'll find caches scattered across the area.

Find More Free Activities

Whether it's window shopping or people watching, it's fun just to be in the middle of all the action as you walk up and down Canada Street in the Village. Lake George always has events going on and interesting sites to see, so head out with no particular plan, and see where the day takes you!

Looking for more fun in Lake George? Check out our Things To Do Section or Day Trips for more ideas and activities you can enjoy this season.

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