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Many call the Lake George Region the crown jewel of the 6-million acre Adirondack Park. Referred to as the “Queen of American Lakes,” Lake George itself is a 32-mile water body dotted with about 180 islands.
New York State created the Adirondack Park in 1892. Today it is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous U.S. The Adirondacks are greater than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. About half of the land is protected to remain “forever wild” forest preserve. The rest is private land.
With 200+ attractions and 9,000+ rooms, there is no shortage of things to do and places to stay all year in the Lake George Region!
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- Sustainable Tourism is an attraction in Lake George. The Lake George Land Conservancy, a land trust organization, maintains and opens its preserves to the public while the Lake George Association offers a “Floating Classroom” ride on Lake George, helping all ages learn what it takes to protect the lake.
- Lake George is home to “The Jefferson Project at Lake George,” collaboration between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM Research, and the Lake George Association. This cutting-edge project is a sophisticated technological approach to studying fresh water, with a goal of understanding the impact of human activity on fresh water, and how to mitigate those effects.
- Agricultural businesses in communities around the Lake George Area have gained international attention and awards for their foods, such as Nettle Meadow Cheese, putting the area on the map for incredible small business food production, which doubles as an attraction as people are invited to visit and understand how their food is produced.
- 200+ miles of hiking and biking trails offering peaceful settings and stunning views. Open all year — try snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, or fat biking in the winter!
- Premier destination for fishing year-round. In Lake George alone there are 36 fish species in lake — incl. 11 major game fish
- History abounds both on land and under water. Dive to Submerged Heritage Preserves to see shipwrecks in the lake. The area is home to rich French & Indian War and U.S. Revolutionary War history and is the setting for James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans.
- No shortage of winter activities from snow sports to Ice Bar hopping après ski. Lake George is also home to the New York location of Ice Castles, an award-winning frozen attraction located in five cities across North America. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists.
- World-class festivals and a unique outdoor festival space (Charles R. Wood Park) just steps from the lake that includes a nature preserve
- Every year Lake George ranks high on travel website lists of “clearest” or “most beautiful” bodies of water in the U.S. The environmental protection efforts have helped to keep it that way. Lake George is leading the way with effective environmental protection programs. It was the first in the Eastern U.S. to have a mandatory boat inspection program to prevent the spread of invasive species that can damage water quality.
- From fly to ice fishing, there are many options year-round for anglers. Lake George has a “two-story” fishery with both warm water fish — e.g. perch, bass, and sunfish— as well as cold-water fish — e.g. lake trout and salmon. There are 36 fish species — 11 are major game fish— in the Lake George watershed. Salmon in particular has rebounded after a new strain of salmon was introduced to the lake five years ago and catch rates have increased in Lake George. More than 30,000 salmon were stocked this past year.
- Lake George is a family friendly destination with amusement parks, zip lines, museums, a trampoline park and more. Lodging options range from luxury resorts to island campgrounds.
- Lake George Village has an impressive lineup of FREE entertainment every summer with free events such as concerts, magic shows and craft fairs in Shepard Park. Lake George is also home to FREE Thursday night fireworks shows during the summer! There are many hiking and biking trails as well that don’t cost anything to use.
- Every weekend in February Lake George celebrates Winter Carnival with a variety of events from outhouse racing to snowmobiling and chili cook-offs.
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Amanda May Metzger
The mission of Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB, Inc. is to drive tourism to the Lake George region year-round while fostering a vibrant business community.