You don’t have to travel far to enjoy an exciting getaway. In fact, you can take part in outdoor recreation, history, and athleticism in the community of Lake George, New York. Explore a few of the top attractions that you and your family can discover together.

Venture Out on Lake George

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Extending across more than 28,200 acres, Lake George is every water enthusiast’s dream. Its large size means you can enjoy water sports such as boating, fishing, jet-skiing, parasailing, and swimming. If you prefer to stay on top of the water, consider taking a scenic cruise of Lake George. You can rent many private tour or charter boats for a few hours.

Experience a Day of Magic at Magic Forest Family Fun Park and Dino Roar Valley

Magic Forest Family Fun Park is ideal for families of all ages. With a thrilling dive show, amusement park, a train ride, and petting zoo, everyone will enjoy Magic Forest. Dinosaur enthusiasts can check out the Dino Roar Valley exhibition park, an all-new Lake George attraction that takes you back in time and puts you up close to your favorite dinosaurs. Set out for the Dino Nest Adventure Walk or try one of the hands-on dinosaur workshops. 

Hike Around Prospect Mountain

Lace up your hiking shoes and enjoy an adventurous exploration of Prospect Mountain. A short 5-mile drive to the summit of Prospect Mountain will give you breathtaking 100-mile views of The Narrows, The Eagle’s Eye, and Lake George. On a clear day, you can see as far as the Vermont Green Mountains, the New York Adirondack High Peaks, the New Hampshire White Mountains, and the Laurentian Mountains of Canada. Within the Prospect Mountain park area, you can also enjoy camping, cycling, and rock climbing. 

Explore History at Fort William Henry

The Fort William Henry Museum is much more than your typical museum. This museum allows you to immerse yourself in the mid-1700s. Explore firsthand what life was like during the French and Indian War. Take a self-guided tour of the museum’s many buildings, experience an 18th-century military demonstration, or sign up for a guided ghost tour. You can also learn more about the history of Lake George during this era by attending a mini talk or group tour. Take home a memento of your visit to Fort William Henry by stopping by the on-site souvenir shop.

Show Off Your Pride at the Painted Pony Rodeo

Prepare for an authentic rodeo experience by throwing on your favorite pair of Western-style boots. Enjoy a Western-themed championship rodeo in Lake George, New York, at the Painted Pony Rodeo. You can watch bull riding, cowgirl barrel racing, bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, and saddle bronc riding. Fuel up for a day of excitement and enjoy a Texas-style barbecue buffet before hitting the dance floor in real Western style.

Whether you enjoy amusement rides, lakefront entertainment, or a day at a Western rodeo, you will find these attractions all at Lake George. Get the family together this weekend and plan a memorable getaway to New York’s famous lake town.