Lake George Area, NY

Family-friendly attractions and activities year-round make the Lake George area, New York an award-winning reunion destination.

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Enjoy Family-Friendly Activities on Your Reunion in the Lake George Area

Located in the Adirondack Mountains, the Lake George Area in New York is the perfect destination for your family reunion. Known as the “original vacation,” adventurists will love a day spent whitewater rafting on the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers or fly among the clouds when you go parasailing over Lake George. The summer is ideal for wakeboarding, tubing, jet skiing, paddling and sailing.

Reconnect with nature by hiking through the many parks and nature preserves in the Lake George Area like the 44-acre Meadowbrook Preserve and visit the museum at Up Yonda Farm that features exhibits of native wildlife and has hands-on exhibits for children like archaeology digs. Families can also enjoy a bike ride through Warren County Bikeway and the 2.6-mile long Caroline Fish Memorial Trail.

For more family thrills, Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor is a theme park and water park with rides and entertainment. At the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course, enjoy 1.5 miles of treetop adventures and navigate aerial courses suitable for all ages and even go ziplining.

Other outdoor activities include fishing, boating, and many watersports in Lake George, Brant Lake, and other waterways in the Lake George Area. North Creek is home to Gore Mountain and Garnet Hill Lodge where you’ll find year-round fun like mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding.

Don’t miss being entertained by cowboys, cowgirls and clowns at Painted Pony Rodeo and a family horse ride at Saddle Up Stables and Mountain View Rocking B Ranch. For an authentic Adirondack experience stay at a dude ranch like 1,000 Acres or Roaring Brook Ranch where you can go riding through wooded areas. Glamping is available at campgrounds such as the new Huttopia Adirondacks.

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The Best of Food and Fun

Beyond the Outdoors, Lake George has Year-Round Festivals and Events

Make the most of year-round festivals and events in the Lake George Area. From wine and food gatherings and sporting events to concerts and carnivals, families can expect exciting festivities and fireworks. The Lake George Winter Carnival is a trademark tradition with cook-offs, talent shows, ice sculptures, horse-drawn carriage rides, parades, children’s activities and the Polar Plunge. At the Brant Lake Winter Carnival, families can gather around bonfires and indulge in family events like broomball, snowshoe softball and curling.

Dining is a real treat in the Lake George area with waterfront restaurants, trendy bistros and family eateries. The area is home to classics like the legendary A&W Car Hop.

Alternatively, groups can grab a seat with a lakefront view at Tavern on the Lake at Blue Water Manor and enjoy fine Italian food, seafood and pub grub.

Shopaholics can pick up bargains at the factory outlets in the Lake George Area.

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We gathered three generations in the Lake George area and found something for every age and interest. The dining, attractions, and fun activities at the lakeside resort kept us busy.

– Amanda Metzger, Marketing Director of the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB, talking about her family reunion

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Why Reunite in the Lake George Area, NY

Highlights

  • Host of the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg
  • Adirondack Park is the largest park in the United States spanning six million acres
  • Lake George is one of the cleanest lakes in the country and one of the most protected in the world
  • Accommodations in 6,600 guest rooms across hotels, campsites and dude ranches
  • Great shopping with over 57 outlets stores
  • Home of the Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail with over 25 craft beverage producers in the region

Family-Friendly Dining Experiences in the Lake George Area

A&W Car Hop

Looking for some hometown goodness? Take a look at Lake George’s famous A&W drive-in. It features car hop service and a full menu that includes its namesake root beer and floats, burgers, chicken, hot dogs and fries.

Website: facebook.com/LakeGeorgeAW

Reared & Roasted Personal Chef Experience

This farm-to-table, private chef experience makes every step of your flavor journey one your palette won’t forget. Reared & Roasted sources the best local farms for its products and only uses ethically and humane farms for its meats. They also hand select each herb, spice and marinade for the dishes based on each clients’ individual taste.

Website: rearedandroasted.com

The Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ

A popular restaurant in Lake George, the Barnsider Smokehouse BBQ serves some of the best barbecue north of Memphis. You can order baby back and St. Louis-style ribs, as well as burgers, sandwiches, steaks, seafood and a variety of delicious sides. And don’t forget its tasty adult drinks like a spiked Arnold Palmer or a Jack Daniels spiked lemonade.

Website: barnsider.com

The Boathouse Restaurant

Providing water’s edge dining with beautiful views of Lake George, The Boathouse Restaurant serves juicy steaks, burgers, succulent fresh seafood, pasta and nightly specials. Family-owned since 1985, water boaters pull in and cruise boats sail by as you enjoy delicious food, a large selection of draft and craft beer, specialty cocktails and carefully selected wines. The best musical talent in the area also performs regularly.

Website: lakegeorgeboathouse.com

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Fenimore’s Neighborhood Pub & Park 26

Both Fenimore’s and Park 26 are located inside The Queensbury Hotel. Fenimore’s, a favorite neighborhood pub, provides a gastro-pub style menu and serves both lunch and dinner daily. Fenimore’s offers 180-degree views of downtown Glens Falls and Historic City Park. Park 26 is the perfect downtown spot to enjoy a hearty and delicious breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Treat yourself to a cappuccino or mimosa.

Website: thequeensburyhotel.com/dine-drink

Family-Friendly Attractions in the Lake George Area

Great Escape, a Six Flags Theme Park

Come experience Lake George’s largest and most thrilling theme park filled with more than 100 exciting rides, shows and attractions. Families can enjoy such fabulous roller coasters as the Comet, the Dare Devil Dive, which takes guests on a 175-foot adrenaline packed ride, go-karts and you can even float the river runs in a classic log boat.

Website: sixflags.com/greatescape

Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course

Explore the beauty of the Great Adirondack Forest as you traverse through tree-top obstacle adventures and reach heights most will only dream of. Established in 2007, Adirondack Extreme was the first aerial adventure course to open in the United States. It has courses for both children and adults.

Website: adirondackextreme.com

Natural Stone Bridge and Caves

A natural wonder in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, this massive stone bridge is the largest marble cave entrance in the eastern United States. In summer, walk the self-guided and above-ground nature trail to witness this spectacular display of ancient Adirondack geology. During winter, witness a magnificent transformation of landscape as ice flows form ever-changing sculptures beneath the Stone Bridge and along the river.

Website: stonebridgeandcaves.com

Prospect Mountain

Drive this 5.5-mile highway to gorgeous views of Lake George and the surrounding Southern Adirondack Mountains. The spectacular 100-mile view from the 2,030 summit of Prospect Mountain is unmatched. The beautiful two-lane highway leads to a parking lot at the summit. En route are three overlooks, offering picturesque views of The Narrows, Lake George and the Eagle’s Eye.

Website: visitlakegeorge.com/things-to-do/prospect-mountain-veterans-memorial-highway

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200-plus miles of trails for hiking and biking

Get out and explore the natural beauty of Lake George. Whether you are taking a quiet stroll through the woods, cruising along a local bike path or hiking to the top of a mountain, there are plenty of adventures to be had at Lake George’s more than 200 miles of trails.

Website: lakegeorge.com/things-to-do/hiking-trails

Family-Friendly Accommodations in the Lake George Area

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark (Queensbury)

Enjoy all the amenities your family wants from a hotel, along with a number of special offerings that will make your stay at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge even more memorable. Six Flags Great Escape Lodge offers several Adirondack-themed suite styles that comfortably accommodate from four to 12 guests and offers warm, rustic charm.

Website: sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com/rooms-suites

The Sagamore Resort (Bolton Landing)

Whether you are planning a family vacation in the Adirondacks or seeking a romantic couple’s weekend, this resort is the perfect retreat for your next getaway. From the elegance of the Historic Hotel and inviting lakeside lodges to the 12 bi-level suites in the Hermitage to individually decorated condominiums, each setting offers a relaxing, private retreat with its own unique charms and contemporary Adirondack-style décor.

Website: thesagamore.com/accommodations

The Queensbury Hotel (Glens Falls)

Established in 1926, The Queensbury Hotel is centrally located between Saratoga Springs and Lake George. This historic hotel contains 114 rooms and 11 suites, an indoor pool and jacuzzi, a restaurant and pub, pet-friendly accommodations, a fitness room, barber shop and even live entertainment.

Website: thequeensburyhotel.com

Holiday Inn Resort (Lake George)

A family-friendly resort within walking distance to the beach, this newly renovated resort offers breathtaking views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains. Holiday Inn features indoor, kiddie and outdoor pools, bowling, sports courts, playground and outdoor big screen movies, meaning fun is around every corner. Holiday Inn also provides premium amenities to guests including an outdoor firepit, business center and 24-hour fitness center.

Website: ihg.com/holidayinnresorts/hotels/us/en/lake-george/lgrny/hoteldetail

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Courtyard by Marriott (Lake George)

A relaxing getaway awaits you at Courtyard Lake George. Located in upstate New York, this hotel features a beautiful mountain view of the Adirondack region. The luxurious rooms boast a welcoming ambiance created by stylish décor and plush beds. Complimentary high-speed wi-fi, wall-mounted TVs and breathtaking views are also featured in the accommodations.

Website: marriott.com/hotels/travel/gflcy-courtyard-lake-george

Family-Friendly Venues in the Lake George Area

Six Flags Great Escape Lodge (Queensbury)

Make your reunion memorable at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Waterpark. Plan a kid-friendly stay with an incredible outdoor waterpark already included. Step into a cozy Adirondack Lodge which features a grand fireplace and authentic décor. You’ll find plenty of delicious fine dining options to make your stay even more enjoyable.

Website: sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com

The Sagamore Resort (Bolton Landing)

Awaken your sense of health and well-being among the beauty of the Adirondacks with a spa at the Sagamore Resort. The spa features 14 treatment rooms including a relaxing hydrotherapy area. The Sagamore also offers a legendary 18-hole golf course which provides stunning views of Lake George, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. 

Website: thesagamore.com

The Queensbury Hotel (Glens Falls)

The Queensbury Hotel is a perfect place to host a family reunion. The Queensbury offers a variety of options to consider. From groups of 10 to 250, the Queensbury’s diligent sales team, talented chefs and experienced service staff are here to help you plan a successful event.

Website: thequeensburyhotel.com

The Inn at Erlowest

Entering this magnificent turn-of-the-century stone castle conjures up thoughts of guest mingling after a day by the lake, and the elegance of a time gone by. Located on beautiful Lake George, The Inn houses a majestic ballroom and picturesque outdoor spaces.

Website: theinnaterlowest.com

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Lake George Battlefield Park

This 35-acre park maintains an important open space at the southern end of Lake George and preserves major French and Indian War and Revolutionary War battle sites. Statues of historical figures can be observed and the remains of Old Fort George can be found.

Website: visitlakegeorge.com/things-to-do/lake-george-battlefield-park

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