The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Basketball Tournament returns to Cool Insuring Arena in late March. This hugely important weekend for New York State athletics will have downtown Glens Falls buzzing. The games are important, but there’s a lot of fun to be had downtown during a full weekend of high school hoops. Visitors to Glens Falls will be relieved to discover there’s plenty to do in Hometown USA. Between dribbles and passes, do some downtown shopping, eat at some local joints, and entertain yourself at some excellent attractions.

Downtown Glens Falls


There’s a variety of great shopping both in downtown Glens Falls and in the Lake George Area beyond. Any shopper’s first stop should be to the Factory Outlets of Lake George, a mere 15 minutes from Cool Insuring Arena. There are dozens of name-brand stores to choose from such as L.L. Bean, Gap, Old Navy, Coach, J. Crew, and others. The best part about the Factory Outlets of Lake George is that everything there is offered on discount.

Factory Outlets of Lake George


Another option for shopping a short ten minutes away from Cool Insuring Arena is Aviation Mall. This mall has a little bit of everything, ranging from large, well known retailers to smaller boutique shops. Visitors to Aviation Mall can hit big box stores like Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Ollie’s, shop for clothing at American Eagle or Famous Footwear, or hit other popular locations like Jade Gifts, 25 Silver Boutique, or Peter Harris Clothes.

Aviation Mall


If you don’t want to travel far from downtown Glens Falls, there are more than enough places to stop and shop at. One of your first stops in downtown Glens Falls should be the Shirt Factory. This historic building is home to hundreds of artists making handmade goods. Some of these goods include salt lamps, pottery, reclaimed furniture, watercolor paintings, precious metal products, reclaimed wood products, and a lot more.

Walking the streets of downtown Glens Falls offers nearly endless shopping opportunities. From chic fashion spots to stores celebrating the outdoors, you can find a bit of everything in downtown Glens Falls.

Shirt Factory


You’re going to have to eat in between these awesome games! There’s plenty to munch on in Glens Falls ranging from burgers and sandwiches to fine dining. There may even be a famous ice cream stop in the mix!

Downtown Social

Anyone looking for a basic bite to eat will be happy with the selection available on Glen Street in Glens Falls. Downtown Social Eatery & Lounge, located on Glen Street offers a wide selection of handheld and entree meals, as well as live music. Raul’s Mexican Grill serves up classic Mexican dishes. Davidson Brothers Brewery and Mean Max Brew Works are serving delicious beer. Mikado Japanese Grill serves fantastic sushi and hibachi in their beautiful downtown location.

There’s even more to eat and drink when you venture outside of Glen Street. Check out Cooper’s Cave Ale Company for Glens Falls-brewed beer and soda. Make a reservation at Morgan & Company for a delicious meal with a Mediterreanian-Bohemian flair. The Harvest is one of many places to go for pizza, pasta, and other Italian dishes. Make sure you go to Martha’s Dandee Creme in Queensbury for dessert.

Martha's Dandee Creme