Skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, winter carnivals, ice bars … Friends and family can’t stop talking about this year’s Lake George Area winter vacation! And for those who just don’t care for the cold weather that comes with all these winter activities, a T-shirt friendly agenda of excitement awaits! There are plenty of things to do that will keep you out of the cold and still fill your days with exciting, memorable experiences. Leave that snow gear behind and pack the comfortable shoes. Your winter vacation will be a walk in the sun!
Note: COVID-19 restrictions may cause cancellation, closure, or changes to some of the activities found below.
10 Winter Activities for People Who Don’t Like the Cold:
Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark
It’s like summer never ended! The sun shines into every corner of this enormous indoor water park where the temperature stays 82 degrees year-round. Get ready to make a splash at White Water Bay because there is something for kids of all ages here. The more adventurous head straight for two of the most thrilling waterslides to be found anywhere. And hang on for dear life as you raft the out-of-control Avalanche a bone-rattling 382 feet to what feels like certain death! Some surf and boogie board atop the continual sheet waves while others float leisurely down lazy Tak-it-Eesi Creek. The little ones are busy in the shallow pools, swings and fountains of Tip-A-Kanu Beach and everybody has found their happy spot under the protective gaze of trained lifeguards at every turn. Visit summer’s winter getaway at Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark!
RockSport Indoor Climbing Center
While ice and snow cover the rock ledges and peaks of the Adirondacks, climbers stay warm, dry and focused in this 10,000-square-foot indoor rock climbing complex. These unforgiving walls test the grit of even the most experienced rock-jocks, but first-time climbers are more than welcome at RockSport Indoor Climbing Center. Staff instructors have safely introduced over 21,000 people of all ages and ability levels to climbing. Included among their ranks is a former national competitor and a National Park Climbing Ranger. Guests are familiarized with climbing technique, fitted with gear, given an orientation of the gym and briefed on safety before lifting a foot off the floor. With nowhere else to go but up, the ascent starts. Beginners test the waters with gentle challenges; the more experienced go for moderate climbs and the experts tackle the intense overhanging climbs. Conquer the wall? What a rush!
Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Bouncing off the walls this winter? Take that energy to the next level with endless aerial action on wall-to-wall trampolines at the one-of-a-kind Sky Zone Trampoline Park. The Freestyle Jump and Foam Zone lets traditional trampoliners display their acrobatic skills without fear of the fall. Sports enthusiasts will enjoy a new competitive dimension with Ultimate Dodgeball, and Skyhoops and Skyslam bring an exciting twist to old-school basketball. Feeling feisty? Challenge a pesky sibling to a Skyjoust for a little friendly hand-to-hand combat action. Those who wish to measure their own mettle can test personal speed, strength and agility on the Warped Wall, Warrior Course or Sky Ladder. Toddler Time lets younger visitors discover the fun of being active and bouncing without the "big kids" interfering. While the cold winds blow outdoors, Sky Zone visitors are bouncing the boredom out of a dreary winter day!
Tru-Escape Mystery & Escape Rooms
The door slams shut behind you … time starts ticking away. The only way to make it out is by solving puzzles, discovering clues and completing the tasks that have been laid out in these unique, interactive, live-action adventure rooms. At Tru-Escape Mystery & Escape Rooms, participants gather together family, friends, work colleagues or complete strangers and rally their collective skills to “solve the room” and make the escape. Become part of Seal Team Alpha aboard a Blackhawk helicopter being flown into a remote area of Afghanistan to foil a terrorist plot. Or assist the FBI in identifying Secret Agent 22, IF you can uncover crucial information, find the flash drive and defuse a bomb. In Gimme Shelter, step across the threshold of your dream home, only to become trapped in what looks like an old bomb shelter. Will the home of your dreams become instead your worst nightmare? As with these rooms and others, you have 60 minutes to determine your fate.
Bay Meadows Indoor Golf
Although your favorite local golf courses are buried under the snow for months to come, you don’t have to let those skills you’ve perfected over the summer fade away. While the others in your vacation party hit the slopes and trails, you can hit many of the finest golf courses in the world. Bay Meadows Indoor Golf Club's state-of-the-art indoor simulators are so realistic you can almost smell the fresh-cut greens! Play any of 41 virtual courses in complete comfort. The advanced 3Trak and Immersive Play technologies provide pinpoint accuracy in measuring all elements of your game, from club to ball to launch. It helps to assess player performance like only a PGA TOUR Simulator can. Enjoy a level of indoor golfing satisfaction like no other, and keep those critical skills sharp! When spring rolls around and the others are busy working out the winter kinks, you’ll be on top of your game!
Bowling, Roller Skating, Laser Tag, Arcades
When it comes to getting in from the cold, bowling and roller skating have always been the go-to activities for adults and kids alike. In the Lake George Area, these favorite pastimes have been given a 21st-century makeover, bringing in laser and light-show technologies that make guests feel like they’re in an out-of-this-world play arena! Lake George Lanes & Games blends Galactic Bowling with an Adirondack Fort-themed laser tag experience, sports simulators, a redemption arcade featuring a variety of games, as well as an indoor playground and restaurant. The Fun Spot in Queensbury is a great place to let the kids exhaust their energy on the Ninja Challenge obstacle course, laser tag, in the arcade or at the restaurant while the adults indulge in a little roller-skating nostalgia. But this isn’t your grandmother’s roller rink. A laser light show and booming sound system will have you rockin’ and rollin’ the day away!
Theater and Cinema
On some vacations, people want to do nothing more than walk into a cozy theater, sit down and be entertained for a while. In the Lake George Area, theater enthusiasts are in for a treat. Two of the finest live-performance venues anywhere are located in the heart of downtown Glens Falls. The Charles R. Wood Theater strives to promote cultural and artistic efforts through cutting-edge music, theater, dance and comedy performances. And The Park Theater, a 1911 movie house, has been stunningly restored into a state-of-the art performance venue. Both play host annually to Adirondack Film Festival and offer a vast array of entertainment throughout the year! If live theater isn’t your thing, catch all of the latest releases at the Regal Aviation Mall 9 Cinema complex. Ease back in comfortable recliners and let the surround sound pour over you. Nothing like spending some quality time in your theater of choice on a cold winter’s day!
Craft Beverage Experience
While the others in your vacation party are working up a thirst in the chilly outdoors, why not keep a seat warm for them at any of the Lake George Area’s growing family of craft breweries, wineries and distilleries? These unique establishments have been perfecting their craft for years and are eager to share with visitors the secrets behind these magnificent concoctions. Those interested in the hoppy side of things can choose from among several craft breweries in the area. Each offers a distinct spin on their brews and, to keep you in the game, most serve excellent food in a family-friendly setting. Those who prefer the “vintner in the winter” will enjoy an afternoon of tasting at Adirondack Winery. Up for something a little more daring? Head over to an Adirondack distillery for a sampling of the good stuff! The options for the palate are endless in this craft beverage mecca!
The rich history and cultural heritage of the area has resulted in an impressive variety of museums and historical attractions that tell the story of an illustrious past. In addition to the fascinating relics that have been compiled as the country grew from infancy into industrial powerhouse, some of our hometown captains of industry traveled the world and brought back works of the masters to adorn their fabulous mansions. The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic House is a magnificent example of this. Gaze upon works of the Old Masters, European and American Art, as well as Modern and Contemporary pieces. Another distinguished local collection, The Chapman Historical Museum, celebrates the history of Glens Falls. And the young ones will love the art, artifacts and hands-on learning space at World Awareness Children’s Museum. Vacationers can easily spend a week exploring these wonderful places and never experience the same thing twice!
A shopping getaway
You know you’re in a shopper’s haven when chain hotels pop up amidst a half-mile-long strip of road, jammed packed with factory outlet stores! Shopping in the Lake George Area is diverse and widespread, and some of the most sought-after name brands have set up shop right here. With your credit card in hand, wander through the hallowed halls of LL Bean, Under Armour, Eddie Bauer, Timberland, Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, Merrell, Gap and too many more to list here. Spend the brisk winter day meandering throughout four individual outlet complexes along pedestrian friendly walkways or enjoy the toasty-warm comfort of Aviation Mall and its popular anchor stores and diverse shops. There is nothing like the shopping experience here, which is why vacationers return again and again to snap up those bargains that can be found nowhere else!