Last month, the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council invited my family to experience family winter activities in Lake George in New York State. We aren’t really a skiing/sledding type family, despite the fact that we live in New England, but it was something we were definitely interested in experiencing. Turns out, there are so many things to do in Lake George NY that we had a wonderful time. In fact, we later returned to the area for another winter vacation. Here are some fun things to do in Lake George NY for a winter vacation.
Disclosure: This trip, including hotel accommodations, activities, and the Johnny Rockets lunch, was provided to us at no cost. On our second visit, we paid for everything on our own. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. A purchase/click through this post may result in a commission paid to us.
In total, we spent three nights in Lake George – two at the Holiday Inn Lake George, and one at the Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center. On our second visit, we spent several nights at the Great Escape Lodge.
The Holiday Inn Lake George offers suites and rooms – we were given a wonderful two-room family suite, complete with mini-fridge and microwave. The Holiday Inn has complimentary high-speed internet access as well as indoor and outdoor pools.
Kids eat free in the on-site restaurant (with a few restrictions), and the hotel has been recently renovated and updated. We absolutely loved it there, and would definitely stay there again on our next trip. It’s got plenty of room for families and is in a great location.
For our third night, we stayed at the Fort William Henry Suite and Conference Center, right near Lake George Village. This hotel is so convenient for those traveling in the summer, because you can walk right down to the beach. The view is absolutely beautiful from the hotel. For those looking for different accommodations, there are also more motel-type rooms in the premium and standard sections.
The Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park
While we were there, we were definitely busy. The first day, we went to the indoor water park at the Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park, and my daughter especially loved it. She could have stayed all day and night, just sliding and playing, but we had more on our agenda. We had lunch at the on-site Johnny Rockets (which was delicious!), and then headed back to our hotel to rest.
The Great Escape Lodge also offers suites for families. These include family suites and themed suites. During our second visit to Lake George, we stayed in a Klub Moose Suite. It offers a separate little area for kids that almost looks like a little cabin right in the room.
The next morning, we headed out to Gore Mountain for our ski lessons. The kids and I had never skied before, so we were each enrolled in ski school. The kids went to the Kids Kamp, which is a two-hour ski lesson with a short hot chocolate break, while I had a private lesson. I was actually able to watch my kids while I was in my lesson, and I couldn’t believe how much they progressed in just a few short hours.
By the end of the two hours, they were already skiing down a (very small) hill, turning and stopping on their own. I was really impressed with Gore Mountain – the staff is enthusiastic and friendly, and there are so many people around to help. It’s a great place for beginners, because the classes are great and everyone is so accommodating. My kids really loved it.
On our last day, the Fort William Henry Hotel had arranged for us to visit Tubby Tubes. Tubby Tubes is a can’t miss tubing park located about 20 minutes away in Lake Luzerne, NY. Arrive early, and plan to make reservations for your spot in advance. This is a popular place! While we were there, they had four slides open – one snow and three synthetic.
Tickets can be purchased for either a 2-hour period or for the full day. We felt that 2 hours was enough for our family, but my daughter easily could have stayed for another hour. It’s definitely lots of fun. Helmets aren’t required, but they are allowed if you’d like to bring your own.
The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic House was such a pleasant surprise for us. Tucked away in Glens Falls, NY (about 10 minutes away from Lake George) is this beautiful three-house estate and art museum. Packed with treasures including pieces by Rubens, Picasso, Rembrandt, van Gogh, and Homer, this museum is a hidden gem. My kids really enjoyed seeing all of this priceless art displayed, and my husband and I were thrilled with the low admission price ($8 for adults and free for kids). I definitely recommend visiting.
The Lake George area is also home to many popular outlet shops, including Under Armour, Coach, Reebok, the Children’s Place, and Oshkosh. We found some fabulous prices on clothing for the whole family, so it’s definitely worth a stop.
There are also loads of things to do in Lake George NY in the summer. These include the Great Escape Six Flags amusement park, where you can ride roller coasters, the Lake George Steamboat Company where you can take a ride on the Minne Ha Ha Paddlewheel boat, hot air ballooning, and more.