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Top 10 Things to Do in Lake George With Your Kids This Summer

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Planning a summer trip to Lake George with your kids? This vibrant lakeside destination offers endless fun for families, from theme parks and water parks to exciting adventures and historical explorations. Here's our top 10 list to create unforgettable memories with your little ones.

Journey Through the Land of Giants at Lake George Expedition Park

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Just south of Lake George Village, take a trip back in time to the Jurassic period at Lake George Expedition Park. Explore Dino Roar Valley, featuring life-sized dinosaurs along a nature trail. Kids can dig for hidden fossils, leave footprints next to giant dinosaur tracks, and learn all about these prehistoric giants.

The park also boasts Magic Forest, a nostalgic gem that has delighted visitors since 1963. This unique attraction offers rides suitable for all ages, making it a perfect family outing.

One Google reviewer notes that they have been coming to Magic Forest for over 35 years and now bring their children to experience it, highlighting its enduring appeal and the tradition of families returning year after year.

Play a Round of Miniature Golf

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Lake George is also the land of mini-golf! The whole family will have a ball exploring the area's themed courses, working around various obstacles, fun characters and displays, water features, sand traps, and more.

With a variety of mini-golf courses to choose from, you're sure to find one that matches your family's competitive spirit.

An enthusiastic Google reviewer highly recommends Around the World, a place they have been frequenting for over 30 years. The venue offers two themes - America and International.

Whether you want to play golf across different states or visit various countries, you can do it here! Additionally, many courses offer delightful snack bars and refreshing ice cream for a post-game treat.

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Spend a Thrilling Day at The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor

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A trip to The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor is a Lake George tradition! This combination theme and water park offers something for everyone. Experience the rush of thrilling roller coasters, cool off on exhilarating water slides, or simply relax and enjoy the wave pool.

There are live shows and entertainment options throughout the day to keep everyone entertained. Meet your favorites at the Timbertown Meet and Greet or join in on the Wild West Dance Party - either way, you'll have a blast.

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Cruise Around the Lake in Style

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Experience the majestic beauty of Lake George from a different perspective with a scenic cruise. Choose from historic tours that dive into the region's rich past, romantic moonlight cruises for a special evening under the stars, and exciting fireworks cruises that light up the night sky.

Enjoy a ride on the famous Minne-Ha-Ha steamboat with the Lake George Steamboat Company or check out Calliope, a fan favorite for the kids, as it plays a fun tune during the trips. Cruises offer stunning lake views and a memorable adventure for all ages.

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Pack a Picnic and Head to the Park

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Plan a relaxing afternoon under the summer sun with a picnic lunch or dinner at one of Lake George's many parks or scenic picnic islands. Some offer breathtaking views, barbecue grills for a cookout, playgrounds to keep the kids entertained, and plenty of green space for running around.

Pappy's Playground in Charles R. Wood Park is a unique playground worth checking out, while Shepard Park hosts free live entertainment on Thursday evenings throughout the summer.

Shepard Park is where people consistently return, as one Google reviewer says she has always come to this park and now brings her kids. Not to mention, it has stunning views.

Cool Down with Lazy River Tubing

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Embrace the summer heat with a fun and relaxing adventure – lazy river tubing! Float gently down a scenic river surrounded by stunning natural beauty. This is a perfect activity for families with younger children who might not be quite ready for high-adrenaline thrills.

We recommend Adirondack Tubing Adventures or Tubby Tubes to plan your tubing adventure! Many reviews highlight their trustworthy, personable, and hardworking staff, ensuring you'll enjoy time relaxing on the water.

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Build a Masterpiece on the Beach

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Head to one of Lake George's pristine beaches and unleash your creativity by building a magnificent sandcastle. Gather seashells, pebbles, and beach treasures to decorate your masterpiece.

The best beach for kids in Lake George is Usher Park Beach, offering shallow waters and plenty of space for sandcastle construction. If you want to have a barbeque and relax under the gazebo, this is the place for you. 

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Explore Lake George History at a Museum

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Immerse yourselves in the rich history of the French and Indian War with a visit to Fort William Henry Museum. This interactive museum brings history to life with exhibits, demonstrations, and educational programs.

Children can explore reconstructed barracks, learn about colonial life, and even witness musket-firing demonstrations. Afterward, you could explore the museum store. Even if you're not making any purchases, it is highly recommended with various interesting items to see, based on several Google reviews.

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Race to the Finish Line

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Feeling fast and furious? Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling go-kart race! The Fun Spot and Adventure Family Fun Center in Queensbury both have fantastic outdoor go-kart tracks that provide hours of fun for families. Challenge each other to a race and see who emerges victorious!

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Hunt for Gems in the Adirondacks 

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Make the 35-minute drive to North Creek and visit the Gore Mountain Gem & Mineral Shop, which offers mine tours daily from July through Labor Day.

Kids can search for their garnet treasures while learning about the history of the region - the business is located at one of the largest garnet sites in the world! It is a gem lover's dream - explore the mines searching for your very own gem to bring home. 

Bonus: Schedule Adventures for the Older Kids

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Craving adventure for the older kids? Up the excitement with whitewater rafting down the Hudson, soar over breathtaking landscapes in a hot air balloon, or conquer challenging hikes.

Looking for even more thrills? Take to the skies with parasailing, feel the rush on a jet ski, or rent a boat and try water skiing across the glassy surface of the lake.

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