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Make the Most of a Rainy Day in the Lake George Area With These Top Activities

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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 fun rainy day activities to check out both in and near Lake George.

Explore One of the Lake George Region's Unique Museums

Fort William Henry Museum

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 guided or self-guided tour and browse the impressive collection of artifacts ranging from musket balls to buttons. Make sure to check out their "augmented reality" exhibit inside the North Barracks!

The Hyde Collection

Art history buffs can make their way to the renowned Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, a museum and historic house that rivals those in New York City. Louis and Charlotte Hyde's stunning collection spans 6,000 years of art history and is displayed in their former home.

The Chapman Museum

Discover the fascinating backstories of the Southern Adirondacks and the Glens Falls/Queensbury/Lake George area at the Chapman 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.

House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

front of House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

Can't get enough of creepy and weird attractions? Put House of Frankenstein on your list! This cool wax museum typically opens for the season in April and has long been a Lake George staple. Some say this haunted house-type attraction is in fact harboring real ghosts.

Take a Day Trip to a Popular Adirondack Museum

The Wild Center

Looking to do some traveling on this rainy day instead? 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!

The Adirondack Experience

With 24 modern galleries and historic buildings at the Adirondack Experience 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.

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Go Shopping In & Around the Village 

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? Soothe your rainy day blues with a little retail therapy. Here are a couple shops to visit in and around Lake George Village.

Live Love Laugh

Check out Live Love Laugh, which was voted Best Lake George Village Shopping for 5 years in a row—with good reason! The shop carries everything from Adirondack-themed gifts to handmade items to clothing, shoes, and more. Drop by for a visit and browse through their huge selection of fun and quirky items.

The Book Cabin

Find your next favorite read at this adorable shop! The Book Cabin is stocked with new releases (and the classics, of course), gifts, stationary, games, puzzles, toys, and much more. There's something for every age group to be found at this cute local spot, which is open seasonally. Visit their website for hours or call to make a private appointment at the Cabin.

Indian Tepee Gift Shop

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Take a short trip to Bolton Landing for the ultimate shopping experience at the Indian Tepee Gift Shop! The shop has become a popular and must-visit destination for tourists in the area and has everything you will need to find the perfect gift for those back home. They offer a wide variety of merchandise, from home decor to local custom-made gifts and more.

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Check Out Top Indoor Attractions & Hotspots

Adirondack Axe

Get out of the rain and have some fun with this unique experience! Adirondack Axe is an indoor axe throwing facility located less than 15 minutes from Lake George in Queensbury. This family-owned business is great for every experience level, and the friendly staff is more than happy to teach you tips and tricks on improving your toss. Minors aged between 10-14 years old must be accompanied by a person 21 years or older, and children under the age of 10 are not permitted to participate.

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge Indoor Waterpark

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.

The Fun Spot

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. There's also an indoor play area.

Lake George Lanes & Games

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 at a Nearby Restaurant

people chilling and eating at a brewpub

Ready for a hot cup of tea or a good meal as you get out of the rain? Lake George has all kinds of excellent dining options.

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Grab a Babysitter for Adults-Only Fun at Wineries or Breweries

two glasses of beer

Craft beverage, anyone? The Lake George region is rife with craft beer and wine! We suggest the following:

Adirondack Winery: Located in the heart of Lake George Village, enjoy sampling different wines in a relaxed environment out of the rain. Book a tasting, and choose your favorite to bring a bottle home with you.

Bolton Landing Brewing Company: This brewery is in gorgeous Bolton Landing and offers excellent craft beers and a great pub menu. The brewery is open all year, and beers rotate on a seasonal basis, so stop in on a stormy day and see what's available.

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