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7 Great Reasons You'll Love the Town of Lake Luzerne, NY

From the numerous shops to the beautiful lake, Lake George Village is a true vacation destination in the Southern Adirondacks. Although you'll find no shortage of things to do in the village, if you're looking to leave the bustling sidewalks for a while, you don't have to go far!

Right next door to Lake George is a small town known as Lake Luzerne where you'll discover plenty of new adventures to experience on your trip. Here are 7 fantastic reasons why you'll love Lake Luzerne.

The Lake

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Just like Lake George, the Town of Lake Luzerne contains a lake of the same name. While not as vast as the waters of Lake George, Lake Luzerne is nevertheless a great option for swimming, kayaking, fishing, and more! You can easily spend 1-2 hours leisurely paddling your way around the peaceful lake and its waterways.

There are two public beaches on Lake Luzerne, Luzerne Heights Public Beach and Wayside Beach. Each beach has its own parking lot and a shoreline where you can relax, sunbathe, or watch the kids swim or play in the sand.

A True Western-Style Rodeo

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Painted Pony Championship Rodeo

Did you know the oldest weekly rodeo in the entire U.S. can be found right in Lake Luzerne? Located on Howe Road in the northern part of town, the Painted Pony Championship Rodeo hosts the region's only western-style rodeo on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays throughout summer.

A trip to the rodeo is the perfect way to spend the evening with the family. Start off with their Texas Style BBQ Buffet that's as genuine as it gets. Then, prepare to be entertained as you witness team roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, and more exciting rodeo events. Right after the rodeo, you can even head over to the Longhorn Saloon for country music and dancing to close out the night.

Horseback Riding Opportunities

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Ruggiero's Public Horseback Riding at the Painted Pony Ranch

If you want to feel like a real cowboy or cowgirl, plan a family trip to Ruggiero's Public Horseback Riding at the Painted Pony Ranch. Owned and operated by "The Legendary" Cowboy Pete, the Painted Pony Ranch offers guided horseback rides as well as pony rides for the younger kids. The horseback riding trail is along a scenic route that will take you through the Adirondack woods, by a river, over a stream, and then back to the ranch.

Bennett's Riding Stable

Enjoy horseback riding in the beautiful Adirondacks at Bennett's Riding Stable. Owned by the Bennett family for over 75 years, the local riding stable offers a traditional horseback ride through the woods and special rides to the top of Beech Mountain, including both a morning mountain ride and a sunset dinner ride. You'll love the view from the summit of Lake Vanare and the surrounding region.

Activities on the Hudson River

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Tubby Tubes Company

Want to spend time on the water with minimal effort required by you? Go lazy river tubing with the Tubby Tubes Company. Great for ages 1 and older, Tubby Tubes offers guided lazy river trips on the Lower Hudson, located in the picturesque Southern Adirondacks of Lake Luzerne. For even more fun, you should check out the company's "summer" downhill tubing park too!

River Ridin'

Build your own adventure in Lake Luzerne and check out the wide variety of rentals at River Ridin'. You can paddle or experience river tubing down the Hudson, head out on a row boat or pedal boat, or practice your stand up paddleboard skills. Want to go a little faster? Rent a jet ski or a pontoon boat instead!

Adirondack Tubing Adventures

When you're ready to beat the heat in the Lake George Region, bring your family and friends to Adirondack Tubing Adventures in Lake Luzerne for guided lazy river tubing and rafting trips on the Hudson River. Unlike whitewater rafting, lazy river trips are perfect for relaxing as you slowly float down the river. Rent a cooler tube and enjoy your time on the water.

Great Local Eats

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The Long Horn Restaurant & Pub

Recognized as a local hotspot, the Long Horn Restaurant & Pub is Lake Luzerne's premier place for all your favorite pub foods, a wide selection of beers, weekly specials, and live music events. Customers can experience fireside dining, a casual bar atmosphere, and a spacious outdoor patio.

UpRiver Cafe

For delicious food, delectable desserts, and an outdoor dining area with an exceptional view, dine out at UpRiver Cafe. Featuring indoor seating and a beautiful back porch overlooking the Hudson River, UpRiver offers an amazing dining experience in Lake Luzerne.

Bon's Ice Cream

Across the street from the well-known Luzerne Court Motel, Bon's Ice Cream is a popular place for a quick snack or treat. Serving up premium soft and hard ice cream, shakes, flurries, hot dogs, and more, Bon's Ice Cream has it all. They even own the first fully handicap-accessible miniature golf course in the country.

Folk Arts & Crafts Classes

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Adirondack Folk School

Located in Lake Luzerne's historic district, Adirondack Folk School is a nonprofit organization that aims to teach visitors and students about the arts, crafts, and culture of the Adirondacks. The school focuses on providing hands-on experiences in a wide variety of fun classes, including wood carving, quilting, basketry, fiber arts, rustic furniture, photography, and many more.

In addition to their classes, Adirondack Folk School also features Adirondack storytellers and musicians who share the region's culture through special programs and fireside evening gatherings. The next time you're in Lake Luzerne, be sure to stop by, sign up for a class, or just see what they have to offer.

Winter Snowmobiling

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Lake Vanare Snowmobile Tours

While many people visit Lake George in winter for the annual carnival, ice fishing, and other activities, Lake Luzerne is the place to be for snowmobiling. Lake Vanare Snowmobile Tours offers guided tours of the Adirondacks in winter.

If you don't own a snowmobile or don't want to bring yours all the way to the area, Lake Vanare Snowmobile Tours is a wonderful opportunity to ride along pre-groomed trails through the beautiful Adirondack woods and to Prospect Mountain in Lake George.

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