Northeast Travel Series: Exploring the Lake George Region | Travel


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Spend your summer vacation boating, camping and music in the Southern Adirondacks. Whether you’re looking for a couples retreat or fun for the whole family, you’ll find something to do at the Queen of American Lakes.

Both new and experienced boaters are welcome to get out on the water and have fun! Need a rental? Pick up a paddle board at River Ridin’ or pick up a few kayaks at Kayak Lake George. Or book a private tour with Lake George Island Boat Tours or Bolton Boat Tours and Water Sports.

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And be sure to check out lazy river tubing and whitewater rafting at places like Adirondack Adventure Center, Beaver Brook Outfitters, and Tubby Tubes.


For those of you who just want to get your feet wet, Million Dollar State Beach is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a reduced capacity with parking limited to $10. Guests can swim if the lifeguard is on duty, and there’s even a public boat launch with a boat inspection and washing station.

Meanwhile, Usher Park has a picnic area, playground, and tennis courts, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and a public beach open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. . This beach is quieter and ideal for parents with young children.

And if you’ve brought man’s best friend, Lake George Dog Beach is a popular spot for people to let their dogs swim and play in the water. Sponsored by The Dog Cabin, this unofficial beach is a strip of state land between Million Dollar Beach and the Lake George Steamboat Company docks.


Looking for more ways to cool off? Try an ice wine cocktail or a lush wine blend at Adirondack Winery. And don’t forget the icing on the cake: the NY Ice Cream Trail with 16 Adirondack glaciers, from Lake George to Lake Placid.

Don’t miss the 6e Annual Adirondacks Wine and Food Festival! On Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, stop by the Charles R. Wood Festival Commons on West Brook Road to check out some of New York’s best wineries, craft beverage producers, artisan food vendors, food trucks, craft vendors and more! Learn more at

Can’t make the festival in June? Be sure not to miss the second annual Lake George Arts and Crafts Festival July 29-31; over 125 artists and artisans will be selling their handcrafted creations alongside local and regional farmers and food trucks at the Festival Commons. And come watch the second annual Lake George BBQ and Music Festival August 19-21.

Have you ever wanted to camp on a private island? Lake George offers three main groups of scenic islands, which you can reserve for picnics or overnight camping! Additionally, there are many hiking trails that overlook the lake, including the popular peak Sleeping Beauty Mountain and Gore Mountain near North Creek.

And for the more extreme thrill seekers, there are plenty of other adventures in Lake George, from the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course & Zipline Park to parasailing adventures.


For those looking for more shopping fun, Lake George’s outlet stores offer the latest in clothing and gifts. Outlets in Lake George, Adirondack Outlet Mall, French Mountain Commons and Log Jam Outlets are open year-round and are the ultimate destination for shoppers.

And don’t forget to plan your big getaway to Six Flags! Hurricane Harbor Water Park opens for the season on June 18, and there are plenty of rides the family can enjoy together.

Don’t let the sunset stop you! Visit Shepard Park all summer long for free music and fireworks!

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Located on Canada Street in Lake George Village, Shepard Park is a hotspot for free concerts, family events, and fireworks. The Thursday night fireworks will begin July 7 around 9:30 p.m. and continue through September 8; the Lake George Community Band will play Thursdays July 7-28.

And the Fridays at the Lake concert series will take place at the park until September 2. You can view the lineup here:

Presented by: Presenting Sponsor Oswego County Tourism and other sponsors of the 2022 Northeast Travel Series.


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