Lake George, is a 32 miles long and 1-3 miles wide lake located at the southeast base of the Adirondack Mountains. The lake is situated along the historical natural path between the valleys of the Hudson and St. Lawrence Rivers.
Lake George Steam Boat Cruise
For us to really experience the majesty of Lake George, we will go on a steam boat tour of Lake George. Steam boats have been operating on Lake George since the early 1800’s.
We will go on a historic one hour narrated sightseeing cruise with the Minne Ha Ha steam boat and enjoy the spectacular views. The Minne Ha Ha is an authentic paddlewheel steamship; one of only 5 left in all of America.
Fort William Henry Museum
Fort William Henry was a British fort at the southern end of Lake George. Step back in time at Fort William Henry and experience what it was like to be at the outpost in 1757; the hardships and fears of being the front line in defense of the British Colonies from French invaders.
Learn about how the soldiers fought and died at this wilderness outpost and learn the real history behind the surrender and massacre made famous by James Fennimore Cooper's, "Last of the Mohicans".
The fort's construction was ordered by Sir William Johnson in September 1755, during the French and Indian War, as a staging ground for attacks against the French Fort St. Frédéric. It was part of a chain of British and French forts along the important inland waterway from New York City to Montreal.
The fort is a reconstruction of an original fort that lied on the same spot. The fort is operated as a living museum and is a popular tourist attraction in the village of Lake George
Lake George Village.
Lake George Village is the name of the town at the most southern point of Lake George. The village was originally known as Caldwell. The village and surrounding area were on the route between the British and French colonies, and were often traversed by military forces during the Colonial wars. In the last quarter of the 19th century the area began to become an important tourist destination. You will be given ample time to explore the town’s small quaint stores and scenic area.
In 1895 an incline railway was build to access a house at the top of Prospect Mountain where people could come to dance and eat. After failing financially, the railway system ceased operation in 1903.The area was bought and soon donated to the State of New York.
In 1969 the Prospect Mountain Memorial Highway was opened, dedicated to war veterans and providing access to the 2,021-foot summit with amazing views at its peak. We will drive up the 6 miles long road to enjoy the view.
Ausable Chasm is a sandstone gorge; also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks”. This gorge is one of the oldest natural attractions in the US.
The Gorge was created when moving and melting of glaciers created a series of caves and tunnels, which the Ausable River linked up and exploited on its one mile journey to Lake Champlain. Explore some of the amazing rock formations on hiking trails. Some of the rock formations have been given names such as Cathedral, The Devil's Oven, Elephant's Head, The Flume, Sentinel Rock, and Table Rock. The photo above and below are from ausablechasm.com
We will pay for the entrance fee for you to enjoy the hiking trails. But you can also “upgrade” your experience by paying an additional $15 to go on a raft or an inner tube down the river from about the midpoint of the gorge.
The Photo above is from ausablechasm.com
Shepard Park Beach
You will also have time to enjoy a beach conveniently located in the heart of Lake George Village. Sit by the beach in a classic Adirondack chair and read in the shade or find a place in the sun and work on your tan and swim in the nice refreshing clear water of the lake. You will find public restrooms and lifeguards are on duty.