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Plan the Perfect Day Trip From Albany to Lake George, NY

Located just an hour north of Albany, Lake George is one of the best day trip destinations at any time of the year. The village is set amid the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, and the crystal-clear 32-mile lake is truly the "Queen of American Lakes." If you're looking for new adventures and outdoor activities near Albany, then a Lake George day trip is highly recommended. Read on for some top ideas on things to do while you're in the region.

boat and steamboat on lake george in summer

Soak Up the Sun & Outdoor Fun During Summer in Lake George

Lake George is a summer vacation destination that's perfect for a day trip too. From exciting annual events and concert series to fireworks, boating, and shopping, there is so much to enjoy throughout the season.

Cool Off and Spend a Relaxing Day at the Beach

people at a sandy beach

Bring your bathing suit and go swimming in the pristine waters of Lake George during your visit this summer. There are two beaches in the village, including the popular Million Dollar Beach, and more in the surrounding area. You can easily spend a few hours relaxing and swimming with the family.

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Explore the Waters of Lake George By Boat

two kayakers on a lake

Whether you prefer kayaking, riding in a motorboat, or checking out the scenic sights from the deck of a steamboat, you can do it all in (and on) Lake George. Both kayak and boat rentals are easily available from local watersports companies and marinas, or, you can go on a cruise instead. Book a trip on a specialty cruise, such as a sunset cruise, and enjoy the ride up Lake George.

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Listen to Live Music, Attend Fireworks Shows, and More

people watching concert at amphitheater during the evening

The region comes alive each summer with family-friendly events and entertainment. Free concerts are held at Shepard Park, and fireworks shows typically take place on Thursday nights for much of the season. In addition, you can always look forward to annual festivals, summer celebrations, and other events in and around Lake George.

See the music and fireworks schedule »

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Take a Stroll to Village Shops & Hotspots

Lake George Village is home to a variety of local shops, restaurants, ice cream shops, arcades, and other summer hotspots. Pick up some cool gifts and souvenirs, sip a refreshing craft beverage, relax on a restaurant patio overlooking the lake, and make the most of your trip.

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Experience Fall Fun & Colorful Foliage in the Southeastern Adirondacks

fall colors on trees in a park

When summer turns into fall, Lake George begins its transformation into a leaf peeper's paradise. By early October, you can typically expect to see the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow as peak foliage arrives. Come for the colors, and stay for the fall activities in the Lake George Region.

Head to Lake George this fall »

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