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Weekend Trip to Lake George New York

Are you feeling burnt out and in need of a refreshing weekend getaway? Lake George, New York, with its stunning scenery, vibrant atmosphere, and abundance of outdoor activities, is the perfect destination to recharge your batteries.

Nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George is a treasure trove of natural beauty, historic landmarks, and delicious cuisine. In this article, we'll delve deeper into the five best activities to enjoy while you're there, the most comfortable and convenient places to stay and eat, and some insider tips to help you make the most of your trip.

From camping and hiking to water sports and sightseeing, Lake George offers something for everyone.

You'll learn about the various hiking trails, including the popular Tongue Mountain Range, and the best spots for kayaking, paddle-boarding, and swimming.

If you're a history buff, you won't want to miss Fort William Henry Museum or the Adirondack Experience. We'll also recommend some of the best restaurants in town, serving everything from fresh seafood to classic American dishes. And we'll provide you with tips on how to budget for your trip and make the most of your time in Lake George. So, pack your bags, leave your worries behind, and come explore all that Lake George has to offer!


A weekend trip to Lake George, New York, can be a wonderful getaway! Lake George offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy, from outdoor adventures to cultural experiences. Here's a suggested itinerary for your weekend trip:

Driving to Lake George can be a fantastic experience as various rest stops offer great entertainment and opportunities to take stunning photos.

One of the must-visit stops is Opp, which boasts a giant "I Love NY" sign outside and a mini-museum that showcases the area's rich history. Another excellent rest stop is at 386 Big Boom Rd in Queensbury, where you can take a break, relax, and enjoy some delicious food before continuing your journey to Lake George. These rest stops are perfect for those who want to make the most of their road trip and explore the region's beauty.

Day 1: Arrival and Exploration

Morning: Arrive in Lake George. Check into your accommodation, whether it's a cozy cabin, lakeside hotel, or campground.

Late Morning/Early Afternoon: Explore the Village of Lake George. Stroll along Canada Street, the main thoroughfare, lined with shops, restaurants, and attractions. Be sure to stop by Shepard Park, where you can enjoy views of the lake and maybe catch a live performance or event.

Lunch: Grab lunch at one of the local eateries. Lake George has a variety of dining options, from casual diners to upscale restaurants serving regional cuisine.

Afternoon: Visit Fort William Henry Museum & Restoration for a glimpse into the area's history. Learn about the French and Indian War and explore the reconstructed fort.

Evening: Enjoy dinner at a lakeside restaurant, followed by a relaxing walk along the shore to take in the sunset.

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure

Morning: Start your day with a scenic hike. Adirondack Park offers numerous trails for all skill levels. You could hike up Prospect Mountain for panoramic views of Lake George or opt for a shorter hike like the Pinnacle or Cat Mountain trails.

Lunch: Pack a picnic or head back into town for lunch.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on the lake. Rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard and explore the crystal-clear waters. Alternatively, you could take a boat tour of the lake to learn more about its history and geography.

Evening: After your time on the water, unwind with a lakeside dinner. Consider trying a local specialty like fresh Adirondack trout.

Day 3: Relaxation and Departure

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely morning. Grab breakfast at a cafe or diner and take one last stroll along the lakefront.

Late Morning/Early Afternoon: If you have time before departing, consider visiting a nearby attraction like the Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor amusement park or the Adirondack Winery for a tasting.

Afternoon: Check out of your accommodation and begin your journey home, taking with your fond memories of your weekend getaway to Lake George.

Remember to check ahead for any seasonal activities or events happening during your visit, and pack accordingly for the weather and outdoor adventures. Enjoy your trip to Lake George!


  • Adirondack Outlet Mall

  • The Outlet at Lake George West

  • Lake George Village Mall

  • Village Emporium

  • French Mountains Commons

  • Monty’s Discount Wine and Liquor ( Great for getting your alcohol for a discounted price)


Top Hotels:

  • The Sagamore Resorts (We stayed at the hotel and it was amazing views and very stylish)

  • Holiday Inn Resort Lake George Adirondack

  • Courtyard Lake George

  • The Lodge at Crest haven

  • Fort Williams henry hotel and conference Center

  • The Inn at Erlowest (Bed And Breakfast)

  • Hampton Inn

  • Scotty's Lakeside Resort

  • Best Western of Lake George



  •  The Log Jam Restaurant- 1484 State Route 9 Ste 1, Lake George, NY 12845-3485 (this is my favorite restaurant at lake George. Fresh Seafood, the best salad Bars I ever visited)

  • Charlie's Bar & Kitchen- 365 Canada St at Courtyard by Marriott, Lake George, NY 12845-1121

  • Caldwell House Restaurant- 1809 State Route 9, Lake George, NY 12845-3701

  • La Bella Vita - The Sagamore Resort- 110 Sagamore Rd, Bolton Landing, NY 12814

During our trip to Lake George, we had the pleasure of dining at The Log Jam, which quickly became my favorite restaurant of the trip. Their salad bar is simply fantastic and the seafood they serve is some of the freshest and most delicious I have ever tasted.

Another highlight of the trip was visiting LA Bella Vista, where we were treated to breathtaking views while enjoying their excellent cocktails.


Depending on the time of year you visit, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. However, if you prefer to stay indoors, several hotels have great pools to relax in.

For those looking for more physical activities, we visited the Guns & Ammo gun range, which was a fantastic group outing. Overall, our trip to Lake George was unforgettable, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a perfect combination of adventure, relaxation, and great food.

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