Visiting Lake George, NY: A Weekend Guide of Activities

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Best Things to Do In Lake George on a Weekend

One of the best weekend getaways, Lake George, is nestled in the upstate region of New York. 

Lake George is located in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, just a few hours north of New York City and stone’s throw from Montreal, making it an easy getaway for city dwellers.

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Lake George has so much to offer. A beautiful lakeside village, gorgeous mountains, island rentals, camping, and of course–– the beautiful lake! There is so much to experience in the area, but below are some of my favorites ways to spend your next weekend getaway in Lake George

Things to do in Lake George:

Parasailing on Lake George 

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Parasailing is the perfect way to enjoy Lake George, and a great way to take in the incredible scenery from the lake. Recently I went out with Pinky’s Parasailing Adventures, based in the Lake George Village.

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Pinky’s Parasailing Adventures is known for specializing in tandem’s and triples, making it the perfect parasailing company for groups. Once up in the air, you will be met with the most spectacular views.

Zipline in Lake George

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This is no ordinary zipline! The trip begins with a bumpy jeep ride up a dusty path to the top of the zipline. The Eagle Flyer Zipline will make you feel like an eagle while you soar over the tree-tops of the Adirondack mountains. The 1,000 feet vertical drop at 50 mph will have your adrenaline pumping, leaving you wanting more, so you may want to purchase a second ride before heading up!

Hiking the Adirondacks

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Known for the 46 high peaks (each over 4,000 in elevation), the Adirondack mountains are some of the most majestic in the world. Even if you aren't an avid hiker, there are plenty of easy hikes with big pay-offs when it comes to views from the top. Some of the best easy hikes are Sleeping Beauty, Pinnacle, and Buck Mountain!

Boating and Camping on Lake George

One of the incredibly unique things about Lake George are all of the islands while boating. Many of the islands can be rented in the summer for day or overnight usage. 

Where to Stay in Lake George

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The most famous Lake George hotel is the historic Sagamore resort and hotel. The Sagamore resort is located on the West side of Lake George in Bolton Landing. This historic hotel was originally built in 1883, and it is still one of the gems of Lake George. The Victorian architecture is eye-catching, and captivates every visitor on the lake.

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For an extra-special stay, check out the King Balcony rooms. Stepping out onto the balcony to sip your morning coffee, while watching the passing boats disrupt the glassy waters of Lake George is a magical way to begin your day. 

Where to Dine in Lake George

The Pavilion at The Sagamore - Great for a beautiful lakeside dinner

Caffe Vero - Excellent for breakfast all day, and incredible cinnamon french toast.

How to Get to Lake George

By Car:

Lake George is located 3.5 hours north of New York City and under 3 hours south of Montreal, making it an easy getaway for city dwellers.

By Air:

Fly into Albany International Airport, about an hour drive from Lake George. Be sure to plan on renting a car, as it’s the best way to explore the area.

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