Because the Adirondacks will always retain a natural element a huge piece of a Lake George Area vacation is experiencing nature. To breathe in the wild, explore a Lake George Area park or nature preserve.

The Lake George Area, nestled in the southern tier of the Adirondack Mountains and speckled with lakes and forests, is a natural wonder. Visitors and residents flock to the parks and nature preserves in the region to breathe in all that nature has to offer. Spend some time in the park for a family picnic lunch or to exercise off those vacation meals. Find a nature preserve in hopes that you’ll come across some wildlife, or go hiking, biking, and birding on the area’s trails.

A family vacation doesn’t need to be all hustle and bustle, and the Lake George Area’s parks and nature preserves are the perfect places for a family to slow down.

Usher Park

Relax on the beach only minutes from Lake George Village at Usher Park! Facilities at the park include two pavilions (a large one for groups of 40-150, and a small one for groups under 40), picnic tables, playground equipment, a tennis court, a basketball court and a beach. Beach is available when lifeguards are on duty, which is during the summer season.

Glens Falls City Park

Bandstand with local concerts. Weekend events. Picnic, dogs welcome.

West End Park

Basketball, youth baseball field, playground, picnic tables and shelter. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Montcalm St Park

The park offers multiple playgrounds for children, 2 basketball courts and field space. It is located in a neighborhood in the city of Glens Falls, NY. Pack a lunch to enjoy on the picnic tables in the pavilion.

Stony Creek Recreation Field

Swim, picnic, playground.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Conserving, improving and protecting New York's natural resources and environment. Site includes information on outdoor recreation, lands and waters, licenses and permits and much more.

Lake George Association's Floating Classroom

2-hr educational aquatic learning adventure on Lake George with the educational staff of the Lake George Association. Take part in hands-on activities as you learn about the geologic history of the lake. Wednesday, July and August. Maximum 30 people, reservations required.

First Wilderness Heritage Corridor

Explore communities along the Hudson River, upstream from Glens Falls and west of Lake George which have joined together to celebrate their shared history along the earliest route into the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. From the Great Falls of the Hudson, upriver to the dramatic Hudson River Gorge, the stream tumbles over falls and rapids, past dramatic cliffs of magnificent marble, then slows to flow easily through ice meadows.

Hudson River Recreation Area

Features river access for swimming, picknicking, boating, tubing. Old tote roads for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing. Bear Slide Trail just past culvert for Buttermilk Brook. Primative camping includes sites for visitors with disabilities. Maps on website.

Lake Avenue Park

Boat launch for cartop, non motorized boats; on-site parking.

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

72 acres of Adirondack fun in Bolton Landing! Up Yonda Farm is an educational museum that specializes in teaching kids about the Adirondacks. The museum features wildlife exhibits of native mammals and birds such as bears, bobcats, fishers, and porcupines. Hands on children's exhibits feature archaeology digs and touch tables.

Hackensack Mountain Park

Hackensack is a small mountain located right in the heart of Warrensburg.  It has a rich history, with many of the historic buildings in the hamlet having been built with rock quarried on the mountain.  Its name is derived from an Algonquin word meaning “where two rivers come together”, and those who make the climb to the peak are rewarded with a panoramic view of not only the hamlet, but also the confluence of the Hudson and Schroon Rivers.  A series of trails loop up the peak