Some vacation destinations are meant for lazy days napping by the pool. Lake George is not one of those. The goal here is adventurous fun — and lots of it. The lake, obviously, is the main draw, offering every type of water sport and water-based thrill you can possibly think of (see below).
But the Lake George area — which sits within the lush southern Adirondack region and has long been a popular summer getaway — is chock full of non-water-centric activities, too. Adrenaline junkies should check out the new ADK Eagle Flyer zip line, which opened in 2016 and sends riders barreling down a nearly 1,000-foot vertical drop at 50 miles an hour. Families can hit Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park (more than 38,000 square feet of water fun), and Adventure Family Fun Center (bumper cars, outdoor and indoor go-karts, arcade, laser tag, etc.) in nearby Queensbury. Aerial enthusiasts can book a two-hour helicopter tour around the Adirondacks through North Country Heliflite, or try a scenic hot-air balloon ride with Adirondack Balloon Flights. Other popular outdoor-recreation options include golf, biking and hiking trails, and guided horseback rides.
For more sedate enjoyment, head to charming Bolton Landing to browse cute shops (standouts include Happy Jacks, Black Bass Antiques, and Trees Adirondack Gifts & Books), sip some wine at the Adirondack Winery tasting room, and enjoy a waterfront meal at Tavern on the Lake. Or, load up on touristy kitsch in Lake George Village — the main drag offers everything you expect from a vacay town: souvenirs, fudge, ice cream, and of course, Lake George-themed clothes and knick-knacks.