Like a deep blue sapphire, the crystalline waters of Lake George sparkle against the rugged Adirondack Mountains. Known as the “Queen of American Lakes,” this dazzling body of water is punctuated with some 180 islands ripe for exploring. The area surrounding Lake George has a unique history that blends the rustic heritage of the Adirondacks with the opulence of the Gilded Age. Once a playground for millionaires, today Lake George enjoys broad appeal with families and adventure seekers. Of course, the main draw is the lake itself. Every type of water sport is available, including boating, jet skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding and swimming. Scuba enthusiasts can explore the Submerged Heritage Preserves, a series of historic shipwrecks which have been preserved as underwater archaeological resources. Out of the water, sun lovers can sink their toes in the soft sand of area beaches. Local favorites include Million Dollar Beach, Usher’s Park Beach and Shepard’s Park Beach. All three have lifeguards and shallow zones for youngsters. The waters of Lake George teem with aquatic game. Salmon, Lake Trout and Small Mouth Bass are a few of the 36 species found here. Off the water, the adventure continues. Get a bird’s eye view while floating silently across the water in a hot air balloon. These colorful crafts can be seen many mornings, as the region is home to the oldest balloon rally in the nation. Prefer to have your feet on the ground? Hundreds of miles of trails span out over the Lake George region, including the famous Warren County Bikeway. Formerly a railroad line, this 17 mile path connects Fort Edward and Lake George with historical signage along the way. For a ground adventure of a different kind, make a date to play one of the nine area golf courses. After a day of exploring, you’ll be ready to return to your camper filled with creature comforts. For a sumptuous camping experience, let our AAA travel experts book your stay at the Lake George RV Resort. True to its name, you’ll enjoy resort-style camping that includes multiple swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, a fitness center, dog park, adult lounge, movie theaters, first-class family entertainment and more. Make reservations today – and get ready to experience luxury camping next door to one of the most stunning lakes in America.


What’s it like to swing from a tree like Tarzan? Find out at the Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course. The course offers up 120 obstacles plus zip lines, cable bridges, a tree-top challenge and more. Prefer to fly like Superman? Step into the Eagle Flyer Zip Line and experience the rush as you descend nearly 4,000 feet at a 34% angle down French Mountain. Want more thrills? The Great Escape, a Six Flags Theme Amusement Park in nearby Glens Falls offers up more than 135 rides, games and attractions – including the brand new Greezed Lightnin’ – a seven story, looping rollercoaster that suspends riders weightlessly.


A trip to the Adirondacks wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a maple farm. Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center near Bolton is open to visitors Monday through Saturday, except on holidays. Staffed by naturalists, you’ll learn about the history of maple sugaring, and why it takes 42 gallons of sap to make one gallon of the sweet, sticky syrup we love to pour on pancakes and waffles.


When it comes to playing host to visitors, the village of Lake George scores a home run. Small in size, the quaint lakeside community dishes up big time fun and entertainment. Shoppers will delight in the array of stores, from unique boutiques to haute couture. Bistros, eateries and fish houses offer diverse menus, while candy stores and pastry shops fill the need for sweets. Afterward, head to Shepard Park where free concerts and family-friendly entertainment take place nearly every night, as does an amazing display of fireworks. Looking for a nightcap? Enjoy a craft microbrew or wine from a local winery. Sip and feel your spirit unwind in this enchanting village by the lake.

Are you ready for an adventure?