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Having been born and raised in the lower part of NY state, traveling north to the Adirondacks in the summer was always a great getaway. It meant open spaces, cooler temperatures, and new experiences. My family and I have made many trips north over the years – and one of our favorite vacation spots in northern NY is Lake George. It is a great little village – very family friendly, with a lot of great activities to do rain or shine.
We have stayed at a lot of hotels/motels over the years, but for the past few trips we have settled in at The Quality Inn on Canada Street. This is one of the newer hotels in the area and is very clean, very modern, and very convenient (walking distance) to the heart of the village. They have a heated pool, an exercise and game room as well as a free continental breakfast. Cribs are also available on request.
For some great family fun, you need to check out these attractions:
- Magic Forest – this park is billed as an amusement park for younger kids. It’s a little out-of-date, but it’s small size is perfect for the younger crowd. You can finish the park in about two hours. The rides are geared for the 2-3 year old range, so there’s nothing too crazy going on. I hear rumors every year that the owner is going to renovate, but that hasn’t happened yet. It has potential – I hope the owners see that!
- The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom – this is a Six Flags property and is really very nice. There’s a kiddie section in the park that is just right for the 2-years and up crowd.
You’ll find characters like Scooby-Doo and Tweety Bird roaming through the park. There are rides, shows, great little places to eat, and a water park that’s perfect for the hot summer afternoons.
- Lake George Village – there are a ton of family friendly restaurants and activities in the town of Lake George. Ice cream shops, souvenir shops, arcades, outdoor eateries line the village streets. The village also hosts a lot of free outdoor events – live music, craft fairs, art shows, etc. We always try to plan our annual trip around the Lake George Arts & Crafts Festival. There are also horse and buggy rides, boat rides, para sailing and jet skiing right in the heart of the village.
- Factory Outlets of Lake George – this is where I stock up on fall clothes for my boys. Great deals for the whole family from places like Carter’s, Gymboree, GAP, Osh Kosh and more.
To learn more about things to do in Lake George, check out their official online site: Visit Lake George.