Free Things To Do in Lake George
- #1View all PhotosfreeLake George#1 in Lake GeorgeNatural Wonders, Free, Parks and Gardens, Neighborhood/Area, RecreationTYPEMore than Full DayTIME TO SPENDNatural Wonders, Free, Parks and Gardens, Neighborhood/Area, RecreationTYPEMore than Full DayTIME TO SPEND
The crown jewel of the town of Lake George is the lake itself. Lake George is a narrow, oval lake that stretches 32 miles in length, features 176 miles of shoreline and encompasses more than 170 islands. In addition to the village of Lake George on the southern banks, the lake has several other towns and communities that line its perimeter, including Bolton Landing to the west, Ticonderoga to the north and Huletts Landing to the east. One of the best ways to see Lake George in all its splendor is during sunrise or sunset. Top spots to check out the sunrise include the summit of Prospect Mountain in Lake George and Rogers Park in Bolton Landing. You can catch the best sunset views at Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Top of the World Golf Resort and some of the eateries in Lake George, such as Boardwalk Restaurant & Marina and Christie's on the Lake.
Another excellent way to take in the lake and its scenery is on the water: Consider booking a steamboat cruise, hitting the beach to sunbathe and swim or renting a kayak. In addition to enjoying the lake, previous visitors loved walking around the town, saying there are several quaint shops and restaurants to explore. Travelers are consistently impressed with how clean and well-maintained the area and its surroundings are.
- #3View all Photos#3 in Lake GeorgeBeaches, Free, Recreation, Swimming/PoolsTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPENDBeaches, Free, Recreation, Swimming/PoolsTYPEHalf Day to Full DayTIME TO SPEND
A scenic, sandy beach located on the southern shores of Lake George, Million Dollar Beach (sometimes called Lake George Beach) is a local and visitor favorite for soaking up the sun. The 51-acre beach area is wide, meaning there's plenty of room to spread out, and there are lifeguards on duty to supervise swimming. (Keep in mind, you can only get in the water to swim when the lifeguards are on duty.) Kids can build sandcastles, swim in the cool Lake George and watch the various boats sail by. You can expect plenty of on-site amenities here as well, including picnic tables and grills, a small concessions stand, volleyball courts, showers and changing rooms. This spot also has a public boat launch with a boat inspection and washing station (free of charge).
Recent beachgoers were impressed by the cleanliness of the shoreline and say it's a great spot to spend the whole day swimming and relaxing with family and friends. Visitors say the view of the lake is also incredible and many recommended arriving early to ensure you get a prime spot for the day.
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Situated on the eastern side of Lake George, Shelving Rock Falls is a 50-foot cascade that runs over rock formations of varying sizes. The hike to get to the falls is moderate and should be manageable for novice hikers: It's a wide dirt trail (unmarked) that weaves through the forest, along the lake and to the falls. There are bits of the trail that are rocky, so you'll want to make sure you have sturdy shoes for the trek. What's more, there's plenty of scenic beauty to soak up along the way: you'll see streams, rocky landscapes, trees, flora, lake views and more. Younger adventurers can also enjoy the various geocaches throughout the hike. If you bring or wear your bathing suit, you can splash in the stream or swim in Log Bay. If you're looking for a longer hike, consider traversing the Shelving Rock Summit hike, which is about a 3 1/2-mile round-trip hike to the summit of the mountain and back.
Many recent hikers enjoyed the short trek to see the falls and the lovely mountain and lake scenery. Several recommended doing the hike to the falls and to the summit to make the most of your time here since it's a bit of a drive from central Lake George. Some warn though that parts of the trail are steep and the rocks can be slippery if you're climbing over them, so you may want to bring closed-toe water shoes as well.
- #7View all Photos#7 in Lake GeorgeFree, Recreation, SightseeingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDFree, Recreation, SightseeingTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
The Warren County Bikeway is a nearly 10-mile paved trail that's perfect for walking, jogging and biking. The pathway begins in Glens Falls, New York, about 12 miles south of Lake George, then continues north through Queensbury and onward to conclude in Lake George at Battlefield Park. For visitors staying in Lake George, you can hop on the trail near Battlefield Park and travel south. The path includes a few hills, and it's shaded with a canopy of trees – which makes for a scenic ride or stroll, many say. You'll also find a few signs along the way that detail the trail's history. And from December to March, it's a dedicated snowmobile route.
Recent bikers say a ride on the trail is excellent exercise and the surroundings are quite beautiful. Several commented on how well maintained the pathway is as well.
- #8View all PhotosfreeShepard Park#8 in Lake GeorgeBeaches, Free, Parks and Gardens, Sports, RecreationTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPENDBeaches, Free, Parks and Gardens, Sports, RecreationTYPE1 to 2 hoursTIME TO SPEND
Smack dab in the center of Lake George Village, Shepard Park is a small green space that's home to the Centennial Fountain and often hosts events throughout the year. The park features an amphitheater where locals and visitors alike can enjoy free summer concerts and music festivals. What's more, there are typically fireworks displays on select evenings. There's also a playground on-site, in addition to public bathrooms. Shepard's Park Beach sits between the park and Lake George, and offers a sandy spot for visitors to relax and children to play.
Travelers say Shepard Park is the perfect place to unwind and watch the boats putter around Lake George. They note that the beach here is much smaller than Million Dollar Beach, but say it's well-maintained. Many previous visitors also loved attending the weekly events here and recommend others stop by to enjoy the music or fireworks.
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