Over the weekend I got the chance to take a trip to Lake George without kids. Can you believe it? I cashed in my Mother’s Day gift from my husband for a one night getaway for a moms only weekend. I met up with my friend (and fellow mom) who is a local to Lake George so she gave me the family friendly run down. As we walked around I couldn’t help think of all the fun things happening that my kids would love to see!
Lake George is mostly known for the water parks, lake side beaches and popular mini-golf courses and shopping outlets. Admission prices to some of these places can get expensive even for a small family. Here are few smaller low key ways to spend the day, or a night in Lake George.
Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center
Our hotel was located on Canada St. which is close to the heart of the downtown Lake George area. I would not recommend staying in the Standard West building as it is motel style accommodations. Nothing against motels but this one is well past its prime. The main hotel however is beautiful and well cared for. There is a tiny little pool inside the main building, but there is a tremendous outdoor pool in the back. There are three restaurants on property and a game room to entertain the kids.
Despite the low quality accommodations we experienced, I could see the beauty of staying on this property. Once you park in the hotel lot you can access everything by walking. Which is perfect if you still have little ones in strollers. The sidewalk creates a giant loop around the property the hotel sits on. You can reach down town easily and quickly. If I stay here again I will definitely book a room in the main building.
The Fort William Henry Hotel shares the property with the Fort William Henry Museum. This interactive, family friendly museum can be a fun part of your stay. You can get discount tickets in the hotel lobby, or ask while booking. The evening we stayed the museum was hosting a family friendly ghost tour.
In less than one minute away from the hotel, at the corner of Canada St. and Beach Rd. is the Fun-A-Rama Fun Park complete with arcade, bumper boats, spinning tea cups and a gorgeous Italian carousel. This carousel is simply magical at night when it is all it up.
There is a family pizza and 1950’s style cafe right there to grab lunch. If you continue down Beach Rd. you will find all kinds of souvenir shops and candy stores. There are horse drawn carriage rides $10 per adult and $4 per child. The parking in this area is pricey at $2.00 per hour.
You can take the kids for a sight seeing tour on the Lake on one of the steam boats. This is a fun way to experience the lake at a leisurely pace. It can be very crowded during the peak summer season, so arrive early and stick closely to time schedules.
If the steam boats and busy arcades are not your thing continue passed the steam boat launch area to find Charles Wood Park. This fresh little park is free and perfect for strollers and little ones too small to enjoy any of the rides. There are plenty of natural elements for the kids to interact with, like a willow hut and a climbing tree, a slide that seems to come out of the side of a hill. There is a small skate park for older kids to enjoy. Follow the walk way all the way through and it takes you right back up to Canada St. on the same side as Fort William Henry. You don’t even need to cross the street with the kids! Literally everything can be accessed on this little loop!
The most popular free park is Shepard’s Park (sometimes referred to by locals as Shepard’s Cove). It is a small patch of sandy beach with life guards where the kids can play around. There are bathrooms close by and restaurants to grab lunch. There is also a fun walkway to enjoy looking out over the lake and watching the boats. Million Dollar Beach located on Beach Rd. is a bigger beach with much more sand to play in but it does get packed. They boast having a very clean locker room/changing area, a volley ball court and trained lifeguards on duty. Parking is $10 so if you are able to find your way by walking it will save you some money.
TIPS To Save Money
I found a coupon through Groupon.com for the hotel stay. It was nearly half the price of the usual cost. We also stayed off season which will save you money and you can escape the crowds.
Search through local restaurant Facebook and web pages for coupons and specials.
Skip the hotel stay and make it a day trip. Find a place to park with a flat rate vs. a per hour cost.
If you have really little ones skip the souvenir shop. Bring along a new toy they’ve never seen before (sand toys, bubbles, new sand shoes they already need) and bring it out during your stay.
There is always a festival or music event happening most weekends. Do a little research ahead of time to find one that suits your family.
Leave the kids at home and just go with a friend! We spent time at the Adirondack Winery for a fun wine tasting and locavore food sampling. The staff was great and very friendly and the wine slushy was so good! Find them on Facebook or visit their website for local happenings.
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