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Try Something New: 7 Overlooked Winter Attractions & Things to Do in the Lake George Region

Although the "Queen of American Lakes" is the primary attraction in the Lake George region, in the winter, there are plenty of other places to see and things to do if you know where to look. Expand your horizon this season and check out the following overlooked area attractions!

Explore Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park

Take a half-hour drive north of Lake George along the Adirondack Northway (I-87) and discover one of the region's most impressive outdoor attractions - Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park in Pottersville. Featuring the largest marble cave entrance in the east, this geologic wonder is truly a sight to see up close.

Weather permitting, Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park offers self-guided snowshoe tours of the massive cave entrance and surrounding property. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see huge vertical ledges, ice flows, and even animal tracks in the snow. Snowshoes and poles are available to rent. Remember your hiking boots and warm clothes!

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Hit the Target at Adirondack Axe in Queensbury

three axes in the center of the target

Adirondack Axe is the perfect entertainment for a cold afternoon! Axe throwing is 50% sport, 50% entertainment, and 100% fun. Nervous about trying something new? No stress! The experienced staff at Adirondack Axe will guide you through and ensure you have safe fun. Kids from 10 to 17 years of age and up can participate with a parent or guardian present, so it's a great family activity.

Craft Something Unique at WAX 'n' WiX's Candle Making Studio

Escape the cold and get creative at WAX 'n' WiX's studio at the Adirondack Outlet Mall in Lake George! You'll have the opportunity to choose the shape, color, and scent of your one-of-a-kind candle. The studio also offers other classes and has a variety of beautiful, handmade items crafted by local artisans on display.

Brings the Kids to the Lake George Recreation Center

Have you heard about the Lake George Recreation Center? Open year-round, this community park space has areas for baseball, softball, soccer, and hiking during the warmer months and a variety of winter activities once snow falls. To access it, you must drive to Transfer Road on the outskirts of the Town of Lake George.

When you visit the recreation center in winter, you'll find designated parking lots, snow tubing hills, and a trailhead for the network of cross-country ski trails. There are roughly four miles of groomed trails, and snowshoers may travel along the sides.

Discover Winter Fun at the Gurney Lane Recreation Area

Hidden down Gurney Lane Road in the Town of Queensbury, the Gurney Lane Recreation Area features tons of winter fun in one location. The main area is home to a sledding hill, an ice skating pond, a warming house, and adequate parking.

When you're ready to explore the wilderness, you can head into the vast trail network out back. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and even fat bike riding are all possibilities. Be sure to follow the map and trail markers during your adventure.

Learn About Local History at the Chapman Museum

See photographs, drawings, mementos, and interactive displays that date back to the 19th century at the Chapman Museum, which explores the history of Glens Falls, Queensbury, and the Lake George/Southern Adirondacks. Take a step into a different kind of Lake George region when the timber industry flourished and tourists traveled through the area by train.

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Visit Up Yonda Farm for Snowshoeing Near Lake George

sign covered in snow, Up Yonda written in snow, nice view
Photo provided, credit to Up Yonda Farm

While planning your winter getaway to the Lake George Region, don't forget to include Up Yonda Farm in Bolton Landing on your to-do list. This environmental education center features both a museum and a nature park with a fantastic trail network.

Throughout winter, these trails are open for snowshoeing all the time (during business hours and when the museum is closed; please stay on the marked trails). There is a slot to pay the small parking fee at a booth, and trail maps are available at the nearby kiosk. The education center also offers fun winter programs you can sign up for.

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