SeaComm has given all of its employees the day off on Saturday August 5th, and sending them to Great Escape theme park in Lake George, NY, with free park tickets and a complimentary lunch! But what is there to do when you’re not at the theme park? Continue reading to explore 5 inexpensive options I’ve found, right in Lake George.
Lake George is a beautiful, scenic area of the southern Adirondacks – with plenty of hiking spots. The best part about hiking? It’s free! Pack up the family, a little picnic, and hit the road. A couple of my personal favorites:
Prospect Mountain – Known as one of Lake George’s iconic landmarks, this beautiful mountain is located in the foothills of the Adirondacks. At the peak of the mountain it is said that you can see up to 100 miles away! Click here for directions if you want to experience these spectacular views
Shelving Rock Mountain/Falls – A moderate 6.4 mile hike, the Shelving Rock Mountain and Shelving Rock Falls trail is good for all skill levels. On the quest to the top of Shelving Rock Mountain, you’ll encounter the breathtaking falls. After reaching the top, you’ll get top of the line views of Lake George. For directions to your scenic hike, click here!
Lake George Steamboat Company
The Lake George Steamboat Company has been in business for over 200 years now- which speaks volumes on how great their cruises are. Although they offer a variety of cruising options, I particularly like the Paddlewheel Cruises on the Minne-Ha-Ha. ($16/Adults, $7.50/Children 3-11) For one hour you can cruise through the southern basin of Lake George the way people did over 100 years ago, from the decks of an authentic steamship!
On this cruise you’ll see large historic mansions lining the shores, scenic mountains, and each site is fully described to you by the captain. For more details on cruising options with the Lake George Steamboat Co., click here.
Fort William Henry
The fort, which was constructed by the British in 1755 to command the southern end of Lake George, was rebuilt in the 1950’s as a replication of the original. Today you can take self-guided tours ($16.95/Adults, $7.95/Children 5-15) and enjoy Military Demos.
Although I highly recommend the Fort William Henry Ghost Tour — as seen on the SyFy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters.’ The summer season of the tour runs (6/29-9/5) Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings – 7:30pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm & 9:30pm. (Reservations are suggested!) Click here to learn more.
Wine Tasting at Adirondack Winery
Named as the “Best Winery worth Traveling for in New York,” and located in the heart of Lake George, Adirondack Winery is a great budget friendly option to try something new. I highly recommend the tasting sessions – not only because the price is right, but because it’s always good to taste wines before you buy them. Why waste money on something you’re not crazy about, right?
They have a Standard Wine Tasting session for two – which gets you 7 wines to taste, a souvenir Adirondack Winery Logo wine glass to take home, and a complimentary wine tasting lesson by a knowledgeable associate ($7)
You could also try the Upgraded Wine Tasting for two – like the standard wine tasting, this gets you 7 wines to taste, the Adirondack winery Logo wine glass, but also a plate of locally-sourced gourmet cheese and wine tasting crackers to cleanse your pallet. ($20)
Or you could just forget your troubles and go for the Ultimate Wine Tasting session for two – like the standard and upgraded options, the ultimate tasting session includes 7 wines to taste, a souvenir Adirondack Winery logo wine glass, but also a tasting of 1 dessert wine, a “Slate Plate” which includes locally-sourced gourmet cheese, wine tasting crackers, chocolate, and a jam spread. Did I mention that you also get a sample of a wine cocktail? ($35)
Whichever option you decide, a tasting at Adirondack Winery is a great afternoon experience that won’t empty your wallet!
Enjoy Usher Park Beach
This public beach on Lake George is ideal for people who are looking for a quiet afternoon – it never gets “too” busy. There is a playground for children, tennis courts, grills, and even a picnic area. Nothing beats a hot summer afternoon spent by the water, right? For directions, click here.