With 44 square miles of surface area of pristine waters, the long and narrow shape of the lake provides over one hundred miles of shoreline. Housed within Adirondack State Park, nearly any settlement near the lake is brimming with history, from its importance in the Revolutionary War to its desirability as a vacation destination for many early 20th century artists and New Yorkers today.
Thomas Jefferson once described in a letter to his daughter that “Lake George is without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw.” He goes on to describe, as centuries of visitors to Lake George have seen, the lush, green mountains towering over the lake, the crystal clear water, the fascinating rock formations and precipices jutting out over the basin, and the islands. There are nearly 400 islands dotting Lake George’s surface, ranging in size from just large enough for a couple of people to stand on, to being large enough for two dozen campsites! A visitor favorite, though, is Gourd Island, a sunny, breezy island with just enough room for one couple.
If camping isn’t your thing, accommodations along the lake range from beautiful 4-star hotels, to quaint cottages for rent, or budget-friendly motels. There’s also more to do than hike, swim, and fish! To the north, situated between Lake George and Lake Champlain, near the Vermont border, Fort Ticonderoga is an excellent place for families and history buffs, with reenactments and interactive exhibits all over the grounds. Rent a jet-ski, try parasailing, or take one of many boat tours. If it’s time to have fun indoors, plenty of indoor fun can be had at a waterpark, arcade, museum, gallery, spa, theater, bar or nightclub, plus many more activities for rain or shine.
An entire summer wouldn’t be long enough to see everything Lake George has to offer you and your family. There’s truly something for everybody at the Lake George area.