Outdoor activities for families are abundant in and around Lake George at the foothills of the majestic Adirondacks. Located at the base of the Adirondacks, Lake George is nicknamed the “Queen of American Lakes,” for its picturesque beauty. Towns such as Ticonderoga, Hague, Lake Placid and the Village of Lake George, are quintessential vacation spots, and are magnets for families and couples. Steeped in history, the tourist-friendly region, and area attractions, offer a whirlwind of activity for everyone from beach-goers to roller coaster aficionados.
One of the best ways to enjoy the Adirondacks and take in the spectacular views is by going for a hike. The region offers an amazing number of hiking destinations for beginners to more advanced outdoor enthusiasts, including:
Ausable Chasm: Visit primeval times while you descend hundreds of feet to explore natural stone walkways and enjoy amazing natural scenery. Suitable for beginners, the nature trails wind through an awe-inspiring Adirondack forest. You’ll take fantastic photos at Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave, and the famous Mystic Gorge. Take in the incredible geological history etched in the stones and sneak in a science lesson for the kids. There’s also a scenic raft ride on the historic Ausable River, with dramatic rock formations molded over thousands of years by the river’s currents.
Buck Mountain: With its advanced trails, you can expect a steady uphill climb, but it’s well worth the ascent. From the top, the open summit offers sublime panoramic views of the Lake George vistas and waterways.
Five Nations Miniature Golf: A comprehensive golf center located in Ticonderoga and includes an 18-hole miniature golf course. Check out Five Nations Miniature Golf including night golf and group activities.
Hague Town Beach: Beautifully situated on Lake George and just a 15 minute drive from Fort Ticonderoga, be sure to check out the Town of Hague's event schedule for special events at the beach throughout the summer, such as fireworks and live concerts.
LaChute River Walk: Located in historic Ticonderoga, explore the areas industrial history clustered around the waterfalls that connect Lake George and Lake Champlain. Begin at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum to pick up your trail guide. The trail loop is 3 miles.
Million Dollar Beach: This quintessential family beach is the largest and most well-known beach in Lake George, with lifeguards, clean locker rooms and showers, a sandy volleyball court and plenty of room to lay out a beach blanket or hoist up a beach umbrella. Beat the heat by dipping your toes in the water’s edge, or make a sand castle with the kids on the wide swath of sand.
Rogers Memorial Park Beach: Located in Bolton Landing, about ten miles north of Lake George Village, you’ll find a family beach, camp ground, tennis and basketball court, pavilion, and a picnicking area with provided grills.
Shelving Rock Falls: On these wide and flat paths, be sure to plan about an hour to reach the top. It makes a great hike for first timers, children, and seasoned veterans.
Snug Harbor Marina: Located in Ticonderoga at the northern end of Lake George, Snug Habor offers daily and weekly boat rentals. Whether camping on a Lake George Island site, or simply enjoying a relaxing afternoon on the lake, a boat rental from Snug Harbor will make for an unforgettable time for your whole family.
The Wild Center: A natural history center in Tupper Lake, featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits, hands-on programs, and a nature trail highlighting the natural history of the Adirondack region.
Ticonderoga Town Beach: Located on northern Lake George, you’ll find the perfect escape for your family. Offering stunning views of the historic Roger's Rock, a beautiful sandy beach, and crystal clear water, this beach includes a family picnic area, a playground, a sandy volleyball court, restrooms, and free parking. Ticonderoga Town Beach is located just 5 minutes from Fort Ticonderoga.
Tongue Mountain: Located just north of Bolton Landing on Lake George, offering a spectacular, close-up vertical 1,000-foot peek into one of the clearest, most beautiful lakes in the world. Trailheads are located on Route 9 N.E. Enjoy great views of Lake George.