Shepard Park#8 in Best Things To Do in Lake George
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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.
The park and beach are free to access, and street parking is available nearby. Shepard Park is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; the beach is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You'll find the park across the street from the Adirondack Winery Lake George Tasting Room. For more information, head to the tourism board website.
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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.
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