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Plan the Best Family-Friendly Winter Weekend in the Lake George Region

The most important part of any winter vacation is choosing the right lodging property for your family. You'll want a place that's warm, comfortable, and equipped with the amenities you'd like to have throughout the weekend.

To help you decide, we've highlighted a few different properties conveniently located in the Town of Lake George, which is a great starting point for all your winter adventures. Start planning your 48-hour winter weekend getaway today!

Friday Evening: Check Into Your Lodging Property & Dream of All the Fun You'll Have

rustic living room with couch and fireplace

If you're coming with a larger family or would love to stay in a rustic lodge, then consider The Lodges at Cresthaven. Accommodations include two-bedroom, two-bathroom lodges (as well as one-bedroom and hotel room lodges for small groups), so you have options to choose from. Pro tip: book a lodge with a fireplace so you can get cozy on those cold winter days!

Looking for an exceptional hotel experience instead? Check out the Fort William Henry Hotel or the Holiday Inn Resort in Lake George, which both offer on-site dining.

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Dinner Recommendation: After you've checked in, take the family out to dinner at a local Lake George restaurant. One of the top spots during winter is The Garrison Restaurant and Bar on Beach Road. This American restaurant serves an awesome selection of pub fare, such as specialty burgers and sandwiches, soups, house entrees, options for kids, and more.

Saturday Morning to Afternoon: Explore the Area and Hit Up Unique Gift Stores & Shopping Centers

gifts on display in a store

Begin your fun weekend ahead by exploring all that the Lake George area has to offer! If your family loves a good brunch, head to nearby Queensbury and grab a hearty meal from The Silo Restaurant and Country Store, or check out the Adirondack Winery's Queensbury Tasting Room's brunch-style charcuterie boards.

Does your family like to shop for souvenirs and explore local stores during vacation? If so, block out some extra time on Saturday morning for a shopping spree in the Lake George Region. Live Love Laugh in Lake George and the Indian Tepee Gift Shop in Bolton Landing sell a wide variety of unique gifts from the area. Or, you can stop by the Factory Outlets of Lake George and browse over 50 stores in one central location.

Early Saturday Afternoon: Take a Drive to The Fun Spot & Skate to the Upbeat Music

two young girls in front of roller skating rink at the fun spot

The Fun Spot in Queensbury is not just a family entertainment center, it's also an excellent place for the kids to burn off some late afternoon energy. They offer roller skating and other activities, such as a virtual reality experience, Ninja Challenge Course, and more—visit their website to see what's currently open! Skating admission and rentals are affordable, and the whole family will have a blast gliding across the room while listening to the hottest Top 40 music.

Late Saturday Afternoon: Hit the Lanes & Find Out Who the Best Bowler Is

bowling lanes at lake george lanes and games

It's time to fit in one more family-friendly activity before heading out to refuel at a delicious dinner. Make your way over to Lake George Lanes & Games and prepare for an incredible evening of bowling. This is one of the region's premier bowling centers featuring both a state-of-the-art scoring system and an amazing light and sound system. Strike up some fun and discover which member of the family is the best bowler.

Saturday Night: Enjoy a Delicious Dinner at the Rustic & Cozy Log Jam Restaurant

restaurant dining room with tables, wooden walls, and a large stone fireplace

It's been a busy day, so wind down with a relaxing dinner at The Log Jam Restaurant in Lake George. This Adirondack-style restaurant is renowned for offering superb food and a cozy atmosphere. Reserve a table by one of their massive stone fireplaces and enjoy a delicious dinner as you warm up from the chilly outdoors. The Log Jam serves soups, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, and more, and they have a kids menu too!

Late Saturday Night: Explore the Lake George Winter's Dream and Winter Realms Attractions

split image. on left is girl walking through light show. on right is family looking at shadows projected on a wall

If you're coming with the fam in the winter, you cannot miss out on the Lake George Winter's Dream and Winter Realms attractions in Lake George. Lake George Winter's Dream is an immersive winter experience taking place at the Fort William Henry Historic Fortress. The experience will utilize sounds, music, light displays, and interactivity to transport you into a winter wonderland.

Nearby at the Charles R. Wood Park Festival Commons, explore Winter Realms, a "wintertainment destination" that will feature a skating rink, Santa's Village, a sculpture park, dazzling lights, and more. Most guests spend 45 minutes to 1 hour having fun in each attraction, but we bet you won't be able to drag the kids away!

When you and your crew are ready to tear yourself away from the fun to rest for the next day, return to your comfortable accommodations and catch some zzz's.


Sunday Morning: Order Your Breakfast Favorites in a Retro Diner Setting

image of waffles and an image of eggs and toast

Your Lake George weekend is coming to an end, so start the day off right with breakfast at the famous Prospect Mountain Diner. This retro-style diner has been a favorite among locals and visitors for over 50 years, and they have a traditional breakfast menu and a kids menu. You'll have a hard time choosing between the pancakes with sweet mountain wild blueberries, the decadent chocolate chip Belgian waffles, and the classic Hash n' Eggs.

Late Sunday Morning: Experience the Thrill of Snow Tubing at the Rec Center

man standing near kid sliding down a hill in a snow tube

Bring cross-country skis, snowshoes, or snow tubes with you on this weekend trip because the last stop in our itinerary is the Lake George Recreation Center, a four-season outdoor recreational facility. When snow falls in the region, the Lake George Recreation Center transforms into a winter wonderland of fun with miles of cross-country ski trails, snowshoe trails, and a snow tubing hill. Admission is free, and the snow tubing hill is ideal for ages five and older.

There are so many things to do during this snowy time of year, and hopefully this itinerary will help you plan the perfect trip with the family.

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