September and October in the Lake George Area boasts striking colors that are all the more stunning when they reflect on the water’s surface. Our waterways not only add to the seasonal scenery, but also offer an unparalleled vantage point to take in the fall foliage. Your options to leaf peep via the water include:

Cruise Ships

Quite possibly the most iconic attraction in Lake George are the cruise ships that sail the 32-mile long waterway. A ride on one of these majestic vessels is not just a must-do in the summer, but also a great way to experience the region’s fall foliage along the shores of the “Queen of American Lakes”.

Cruises vary by season, but you can always count on the one hour-long sightseeing tours offered by both the Lake George Steamboat Company and Lake George Waterfront Cruises for a fulfilling leaf peeping opportunity.

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Photo Credit: Kacey O'Brien

Boat Rentals

Visitors to the Lake George Area can captain their own boat for a more intimate leaf peeping experience on the water. Several marinas offer boat rentals through Columbus Day weekend, offering the last chance for you and your family to cruise the foliage-studded shorelines of Lake George and other lakes beyond.

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Pictured: Loon Lake; Photo Credit: Kacey O'Brien


Paddling is peaceful way to get closer to the foliage while on the water. Explore the bays of Lake George with a rental from Lake George Kayak Company. Check out other kayak, canoe, and SUP rental outfitters to launch at other locations. The foliage that borders other smaller lakes and ponds dotting the Lake George Area landscape is just as stunning!

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Pictured: Northwest Bay Brook; Photo Credit: Kacey O'Brien

Waterfront Restaurants

One of the more relaxing ways to get great views of Adirondack fall foliage is from a table at a waterfront restaurant. Several establishments offer lakeside tables, seasonally-inspired menus, and absolutely stunning views of the vibrant colors. You won’t find a more beautiful location to have lunch!

The Algonquin

Pictured: Algonquin Restaurant

Check out these “7 Restaurants With Amazing Fall Foliage Views”.

Whitewater Rafting

If you would rather participate in a bit of adrenaline-pumping action while being surrounded by fall foliage, many whitewater rafting companies remain open through Columbus Day. Visitors can battle either the mighty Hudson River or the calmer Sacandaga River. With one of these outfitters, you’ll venture out to parts of the Adirondack wilderness where the changing colors are witnessed by very few.

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