Top Things to Do in Lake George on a Rainy Day
Fan-Favorite Rainy Day Suggestions
Rain can be a real bummer when you've planned to spend the day outside on the lake, exploring the Adirondacks, or working on your handicap at a golf course. But no worries - there are plenty of rainy day activities in Lake George! We reached out to our Facebook fans to ask for their favorite indoor activities in the Lake George area. We love their suggestions and we think you will too.
Explore a Local Museum
Note: Fort William Henry is open for guided tours at this time (no self-guided tours allowed) and some of the smaller indoor areas are closed.
A living history museum right in Lake George Village, Fort William Henry explores the history of tensions between British, French, and American forces in the 18th century. Take a self-guided tour and browse the impressive collection of artifacts ranging from musket balls to buttons.
House of Frankenstein Wax Museum
Can't get enough of creepy and weird attractions? Put House of Frankenstein on your list! This unique wax museum typically opens for the season in April and has long been a Lake George staple.
Art history buffs can make their way to the renowned Hyde Collection in Glens Falls. Louis and Charlotte Hyde's stunning collection spans 6,000 years of art history and is displayed in their historic former home. Please reserve an appointment ahead of time through their website.
Discover the fascinating backstories of the Southern Adirondacks and the Glens Falls/Queensbury/Lake George area at the Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls, which houses over 10,000 photographs among other artifacts and items. Spend a rainy day learning about the Great Fires of Glens Falls or another captivating local tale through their ever-rotating exhibits.
Note: The Wild Center's outdoor exhibits are open by reservation, they do have restrooms available, and they are only accepting cashless payments at this time. The otters have been moved outside, they have added an "outdoor classroom," and there are more outdoor exhibits to explore. This can still be an excellent rainy day activity if you bring an umbrella!
Part wildlife habitat, part museum, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake (a little over an hour and a half from Lake George) is a wonderful, all-day attraction with an elevated outdoor walk, 54,000 sq ft museum, and "hands-on everything." This one is well worth the drive!
Note: Adirondack Experience is closed for the 2020 season. You can find online programs, activities, and virtual experiences on their website.
With 24 modern galleries and historic buildings at the Adirondack Experience's Museum on Blue Mountain Lake you'll be sure to fill your rainy day with educational fun. This museum is about an hour from Lake George. You follow the North River for a good portion of the drive, which will be an enjoyable sight to see even in inclement weather.
Note, Aviation Mall, the Outlets, and many other shops are currently open. Please confirm hours with individual stores before visiting.
Did you know that Lake George has many specialty stores and boutiques in addition to designer outlets? What better excuse to visit them and check out the deals than a little rain? There's plenty of shopping in and around Lake George Village, too. Soothe your rainy day blues with a little retail therapy.
Embark on a Steamboat Tour
With these covered boat tours, you can still get out on the lake, even in the rain. Finish up your afternoon with dinner at a lakeside restaurant to enjoy the special beauty of Lake George in the Rain.
Check Out Area Activities & Attractions
Note: The Lazy River, Tak-It-Eesi-Creek and Children's Activity Pool, and Tip-A-Kanu-Beach are open daily to guests of the Lodge from 1pm to 9pm. The remaining attractions inside White Water Bay, Great Escape Theme Park, and Hurricane Harbor are temporarily closed.
Even though you can't be out on the lake, you can still have fun in the water at this indoor waterpark! With over 38,000 sq ft of splash zones, the waterpark is kept at 82° Fahrenheit and is an excellent rainy day alternative to water skiing or tubing on the lake.
Note: The mini golf course at The Fun Spot is open, the rest of the activities are currently closed. Visit their website or Facebook page for updates.
Roller skating, laser tag, and an indoor playground at The Fun Spot offers fun for kids of all ages who need to burn off some energy and stop staring wistfully at the lake.
Note: The Great Escape is temporarily closed.
It might be too cold and rainy to go out on the water, but you can still pull on your Lake George sweatshirt and ride the Comet in the rain at The Great Escape (so long as there's no thunder or lightning in the forecast).
Editor's Note 09/22/20 12:40pm: Although bowling alleys are allowed to reopen Lake George Lanes & Games remains closed as they upgrade their facilities (including new caps, gutters, and automatic bumpers!). They expect to announce a reopening date soon.
Classic bowling with a state-of-the-art scoring system, a cutting-edge light and sound system, DirecTV at every lane - it's bowling at its best at Lake George Lanes & Games! Other indoor, dry-weather fun includes laser tag, an indoor playground, an arcade, and more.
Head Out to Eat
Ready for a hot cup of tea or a good meal as you get out of the rain? Lake George has excellent dining options.
Grab a Babysitter for Adults-Only Fun at Wineries or Breweries
Craft beverage, anyone? The Lake George region is rife with breweries, wineries, and distilleries! We suggest the following:
Northway Brewing: Located in neighboring Queensbury, Northway Brewing not only has a wide selection of craft beers but activities to enjoy while you hang out, including pool, darts, board games, and arcade games. You'll forget it's even raining!
Adirondack Winery: In the heart of Lake George Village, enjoy tastings in a relaxed environment out of the rain. For just $7 you can enjoy a seven tastings of your choice. Choose your favorite to bring a bottle of home as you relax later out of the weather.
Saratoga Winery: Take a day trip (see next section below!) to Saratoga Springs for a wine tasting along with some wood-fired pizza. Who doesn't love some comfort food and wine when the weather is gloomy?
Of course, you don't have to stay in Lake George. A rainy day is the perfect excuse to get off the lake and explore the surrounding area. With Lake Placid, Warrensburg, Saratoga, and the rest of the Capital Region at your fingertips, there are plenty of destinations to choose from!
Relax & Sightsee - From Indoors!
Lake George is beautiful, even in the rain, so take time to soak it all up. Park yourself in front of a window overlooking the lake, whether it be from your hotel lobby, restaurant, or (if you're lucky enough to have one) your own lake-view room.
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