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The Ultimate Family Vacation
The Lake George Area, home of the Original Vacation, has been a family getaway destination since the beginning. The region's unique combination of boundless outdoor beauty and thrilling family attractions creates the perfect place for a summer getaway. Whether your family likes to explore the outdoors or stay a little closer to town, the Lake George Area offers something for every type of traveler.
Note: The Lake George Area is in Phase 4 of the NY Forward reopening plan. Attractions, restaurants, and other businesses are still operating under COVID-19 restrictions. Please expect to wear a mask, follow social distancing protocols, and adhere to other safety measures during your visit.
Food and Ice Cream
Is it a family vacation without eating fantastic food? The Lake George Area has you and your family covered in the dining department. Don't forget dessert!
Enjoy dinner with a view at one of several waterfront dining restaurants. Enjoy the nostalgia at A&W Root Beer Drive-In. Explore the lake while you dine on a dinner cruise with the Lake George Steamboat Company or Shoreline Cruises.
After dinner the entire family is going to want ice cream. Martha's Dandee Creme is a legendary ice cream spot in the Lake George Area. Don't order the large unless you've got room! If you're in the Chestertown area and looking for ice cream, give Main Street Ice Cream Parlor a whirl.
Fort William Henry Museum
The Lake George Area region was a major player in the French and Indian War. The Fort William Henry Museum, standing on the southern end of Lake George, commemorates and teaches about the sacrifice and hardships faced by French, British, and Native American soldiers during the Siege of Fort William Henry. A visit to Fort William Henry is a fun and educational way for the entire family to spend a day.
The drive-ins used to be a common family outing. The magical experience of watching a brand new movie outdoors with your friends and family has almost disappeared as drive-ins have become less common. However, the Glen Drive-In Theater is still proudly showing movies all summer long. While they have only been able to show older movies due to the pandemic, the drive-ins are still a great attraction for the entire family. We know one thing for sure: everyone loves a double feature!
Hiking has always been one of the pillars of a vacation in the Lake George Area. There's a wide variety of trails throughout the region, ranging from easy jaunts to grueling, day long trudges through the woods. Spending time in the outdoors with family is always a great experience. Hiking to a mountaintop view of Lake George makes that family time even better!
Everyone loves playing miniature golf! This no frustration and all fun attraction is a great way to spend an evening. The Lake George Area has six unique courses to putt your way through. Every course has an exciting theme ranging from navigating a ship teeming with pirates to exploring stops throughout the United States. Don't forget to compete against your family and keep score!
Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park
Have you ever explored the largest cave entrance in the eastern United States? You can do that and more at Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park. The entire family will love exploring and learning about this amazing geological wonder. Take the self-guided, 20-stop tour that includes Noisy Cave, Peter Pan's Peephole, Arch Rock, and more!
Outdoor Adventure Courses
Some choose adventure when they go on a vacation. In the Lake George Area, there are a few places that offer thrilling adventure for the entire family. Two outdoor adventure courses, one an old favorite and the other brand new, will make your summer vacation an unforgettable thrill.
Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course in Bolton Landing is the largest aerial tree-top adventure course in the United States! The park progresses linearly, becoming more difficult as your progress. Every age and ability level can give all six courses a shot.
West Mountain's Aerial Adventure Course is a brand new tree-top adventure in the region. This five acre park has six trails. Adventurers will have to traverse a flying trapeze, a spider web, a climbing wall, a rolling vine, and more!
Whitewater rafting sounds extreme, but it doesn't have to be in the Lake George Area! Rafting the Sacandaga River can be a relaxing and stress-free family affair. Three companies based out of Warrensburg and Lake Luzerne provide these lazy rides all summer long to families looking for a fun way to cool off. If you want to raft the big-water rapids, check out some of the companies in North Creek and North River that ride the Hudson River!