Fun Activities in Lake George

A List of Winterfest and Public Activities
Get The Winterfest Wristband Here (Must Order by Sunday for Upcoming Weekend)

Don’t Miss These Activities Open to Everyone!

Don’t have a Winterfest wristband?  No problem – there’s lots going on in the Lake George Area.

LAKESIDE ICE SKATING RINK (7 Days/Week)

Lake George’s new public ice skating rink  is fun during the day and magical at night.  A charming new rink will be waiting for you next to the Shepard Park beach.  Bring your skates, and your camera, because this will be a moment to remember.  

Find it on the Winterfest map here.

FIREWORKS (8 MIN SHOW AT 7PM)

At 7pm, a short fireworks show will take place in Lake George Village.  The explosions will take place overhead, rather than over the lake, so the best viewing areas are the sidewalks throughout the Village.   And, Beach Road Parking Lot and the adjacent section of Beach Road will be closed to through traffic from 6:30-7:30pm, allowing for plenty of socially distant spectating.

Duration: 8 min long

Best Place to Watch: 

  1. Village Sidewalks 
  2. Or, the Beach Road Parking lot, and the adjacent section of Beach Road.

When: 7pm-7:08pm

Wear Masks & Stay Socially Distant.  (Otherwise, we won’t be allowed to continue the shows)

 

 

ICE FISHING CHALLENGE (7 Days/Week)

Join the Lake George Area Ice Fishing Challenge!

For the month of February, we invite anglers to share their ice-fishing catch on Visit Lake George’s Instagram page.

The first 100 anglers to do so will receive a free Ice Fishing Challenge t-shirt. The rules of the challenge are pretty simple:

  • Fish must be caught in Warren County
  • Fish must be caught between February 1-28, 2021
  • Must post picture of angler + catch on Instagram and hashtag #mylgarea and tag @lakegeorgearea
  • If you do not have an Instagram account, please send your picture to [email protected]
  • Instagram profile must be public
  • First 100 posts receive a free t-shirt
  • Enter as many photos as you’d like, but only one t-shirt will be given per person
  • Shirts are awarded to photographers in the order in which they are received.

What are you waiting for? Grab your auger and set up your tip-ups!

NATURAL STONE BRIDGES & CAVES SNOWSHOE EXPERIENCE

In winter, witness a magnificent transformation of landscape as ice flows form everchanging sculptures beneath the Stone Bridge and along the river.  Snowshoe through the woods and return to toast marshmallows by the bonfire. Disc golfers can even play our beginner’s course in winter, if they’re hardy enough!

Click Here for Winter Weekend Tour

Find it on the Winterfest map here.

GUIDED MOUNTAIN HIKES
Winter is a beautiful time of year in Lake George and the Adirondacks, and one of the best ways to experience the season is on a hike. If you’d like to plan the perfect winter hike, then let Hike with Jackson be your guide!
SCENIC SNOWSHOEING AT UP YONDA FARM (7 Days/Week)

 Scenic Snowshoeing at Up Yonda Farm (7 Days/Week)

  • Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center Snowshoe and Hiking Trails – 3 miles of easy to moderate trails, snowshoe rental available daily between 8-4 ($5)
  • Day use fee of $5 per vehicle may be paid through mail slot on the gray entrance booth, or by credit card on the website.  Please also register your group using the Google form on www.upyondafarm.com
  • Click Here to learn more.

PAINTING WITH PATRICE
  • Paint with Patrice
  • Presenting two hour guided paint classes held every Sunday in February of 2021 (2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28) from 1 to 3pm at the Holiday Inn in the Prospect Room, located at 2223 Canada St. Route 9, Lake George.
  • For each class participants will complete an 8 x 10 inch painting using acrylic paints on stretched canvas. 
  • We will be inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe, who stayed for summers on Lake George. Below are 4 works by O’Keeffe labeled with the date we will use each of them for inspiration.
  • Reservations for painting should be made at least 1 week prior to attending.
    Reserve your spot by calling 518-696-3399

    *These painting sessions are open to all artistic abilities, no experience is necessary. All materials will be included in the $20 per person/per session fee. Masks are required for these socially distant, 10 person limit classes.

  • Feb 7 Inspiration:
  • Feb 14 Inspiration:  
  • Feb 21 Inspiration: 
  • Feb 28 Inspiration:  

 

FASCINATING ART AT THE WIDLUND GALLERY
  • Widlund Gallery, located within Tannery Pond Community Center on Main Street in North Creek, presents exhibits by accomplished and emerging artists from the Gore Region and beyond.

    In addition to viewing the art, visitors to the center are welcome to relax in the spacious lobby, peruse information for visitors to the area and use the center as a starting point for exploring the trail found just behind the center. The trail follows North Creek to its confluence with the Hudson River… or in the other direction to the Ski Bowl.

     

    The Widlund Gallery is open by appointment and during the following hours:

    THURSDAY | 10am to 4pm

    FRIDAY | 10am to 4pm

    SATURDAY | 12-4pm

     

    For more information:

    (518) 251-2505 x128

    [email protected]

  • www.tannerypondcenter.org
SPECIAL FEBRUARY WINE TASTING EVENTS

Monday, Feb. 1 to Sunday, February 7th: Live, Love, TASTE Week

Wine tastings are back! Book your tasting for this week and while you’re there enjoy an extra 10% off all specialty food products! Plus, shop from Adirondack Winery’s huge selection of Valentine’s Day gifts including their Galentine’s Day Kit (perfect for girlfriends to celebrate the holiday!), Date Night Romance Kit, Personalized Wine Bottles, Chocolates, Cheese and more! Learn more at adkwinery.com/events and book your wine tasting during this event at adkwinery.com/book

Monday, February 8th to Sunday, February 14th: Love Is in the Air at ADK Winery

Show your special someone how much you care with a romantic wine tasting unlike any other!

Book a tasting for Valentine’s Day week at Adirondack Winery’s Lake George Tasting Room (285 Canada St.) and add their “Sweetheart Tasting Plate” featuring a milk chocolate maple truffle, maple chevre (soft cheese), key lime cookies, maple crackers and apple pie infused wine jelly! Also includes a FREE dessert wine taste! While you’re there, enjoy an extra 10% off specialty food items and bring home one of their Valentine’s Day wine kits (Galentine’s Day Kit, Valentine’s Day Romance Kit) for even more fun when you get home! Learn more at adkwinery.com/events and book your wine tasting during this event at adkwinery.com/book

Monday, February 15th to Sunday, February 21st

Wine Carnival is back! Add Adirondack Winery’s Wine Carnival tasting plate to any wine tasting! Features Lowville cheese, wine infused popcorn, wine cotton candy and wine chips! Save an extra 10% on specialty food products all week; plus, sign up for text messages this week for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate! AND your menu will be loaded with fun games to play while you taste! Learn more at adkwinery.com/events and book your wine tasting during this event at adkwinery.com/book

Friday, February 26th to Sunday, February 28th: Open That Bottle Weekend

Every wine tasting this weekend includes a chance to win a FREE wine accessory! Your Tasting Associate will randomly select a cork from our prize pool and if they select one of the prize corks you get that prize! Prizes include corkscrews, aerating pour spouts, bottle stoppers and more! And save 10% on corkscrews, openers, stoppers, pourers and specialty food products all weekend long! Learn more at adkwinery.com/events and book your wine tasting during this event at adkwinery.com/book

      

EPICFEST at THE BARN AT FRENCH MOUNTAIN

  • Free Admission to property!
  • Food and craft vendors
  • Family friendly events
  • Fire pit each day

Activities provided by local non-profits (some activities carry a fee for fundraising).  Bring your own cross country skis or snowshoes and explore!  Warren County Sheriff Office displays and demonstrations.  NY National Guard displays and demonstrations

*IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • Please follow all NYS guidelines for social distancing / mask wearing while in indoor spaces
  • Our bathrooms are closed for the winter, but we plan on having a portable restroom available if funding allows.
  • No snowmobiles or ATV’s or any motorized recreational vehicles allowed to operate on property.
  • Alcohol free environment, No alcohol allowed on property
  • Most of our events are either outside or in our 8400 sq ft barn–dress WARMLY!
  • If there is a major snowstorm the night before events may be cancelled–please visit our FaceBook Page for most up to date info!

FEBRUARY 6

Property open for personal/family cross country skiing and snowshoeing (free, bring our own equipment)

Fire barrel for warming!

Epic Crafts and Decor Shop open – (cash items from $5.00 and up)

Epic Events by Seth – Winter backdrop family photos – ($5.00/sitting fee)

Seeds of Wisdom – Essential oil blends, salves and Native American craftwork – (items for sale)

Adirondack Olykoeks – HOT, fresh mini donuts, hot cider, coffee, and chocolate – (items for sale)

Mud Street Maple – Pure Adirondack maple syrup – (items for sale)

WCSO/4S4Life – pictures in the jail! – ($5.00 admission per family-use your own camera!)

Love is in NY – various Adirondack, NY and Lake George favors – (items for sale)

Event in a tent – Check out a really cool new service – (display/information)

Sewn By Sue – Fleece items – (items for sale)

Handmade by Heartstrings – Soft sewn items – (items for sale)

FEBRUARY 13

Property open for personal/family cross country skiing and snowshoeing (free, bring our own equipment)

Fire barrel for warming!

Epic Crafts and Decor Shop open – (cash items from $5.00 and up)

Epic Events by Seth – Winter backdrop family photos – ($5.00/sitting fee)

Seeds of Wisdom – Essential oil blends, salves and Native American craftwork – (items for sale)

Adirondack Olykoeks – HOT, fresh mini donuts, hot cider, coffee, and chocolate – (items for sale)

Mud Street Maple – Pure Adirondack maple syrup – (items for sale)

Aunt Rhea’s Creations – Whimsical jewelry – (items for sale)

Robin’s Crochet – Crochet items – (items for sale)

WCSO/4S4Life – pictures in the jail! – ($5.00 admission per family-use your own camera!)

Love is in NY – various Adirondack, NY and Lake George favors – (items for sale)

Event in a tent – Check out a really cool new service – (display/information)

FEBRUARY 20

Property open for personal/family cross country skiing and snowshoeing (free, bring our own equipment)

Fire barrel for warming!

Epic Crafts and Decor Shop open – (cash items from $5.00 and up)

Epic Events by Seth – Winter backdrop family photos – ($5.00/sitting fee)

Seeds of Wisdom – Essential oil blends, salves and Native American craftwork – (items for sale)

Adirondack Olykoeks – HOT, fresh mini donuts, hot cider, coffee, and chocolate – (items for sale)

Mud Street Maple – Pure Adirondack maple syrup – (items for sale)

WCSO/4S4Life – pictures in the jail! – ($5.00 admission per family-use your own camera!)

Love is in NY – various Adirondack, NY and Lake George favors – (items for sale)

Project: Cameron’s Story – Arts/crafts, raffle & bake sale – (items for sale)

FEBRUARY 27

Property open for personal/family cross country skiing and snowshoeing (free, bring our own equipment)

Fire barrel for warming!

Epic Crafts and Decor Shop open – (cash items from $5.00 and up)

Epic Events by Seth – Winter backdrop family photos – ($5.00/sitting fee)

Seeds of Wisdom – Essential oil blends, salves and Native American craftwork – (items for sale)

Adirondack Olykoeks – HOT, fresh mini donuts, hot cider, coffee, and chocolate – (items for sale)

Mud Street Maple – Pure Adirondack maple syrup – (items for sale)

Farm Chick Crafts – Various craft items – (items for sale)

WCSO/4S4Life – pictures in the jail! – ($5.00 admission per family-use your own camera!)

Snowmobile Tours

Your 1 hour long snowmobile tours are offered by C+C Snowmobile Tours based out of Chestertown, NY.  They are highly regarded and offer experiences for novices and experts.

They say, “All tours are customized to your ability level and desires. On our tours, we supply you with the Snowmobile and Helmets, you just bring your winter clothes and the desire to have fun!

Chestertown and Loon Lake are within driving distance of many area attractions, including Gore Mountain Ski Area, Rydin Hi Dude Ranch, Loon Lake Marina, Schroon Lake Marina, Lake George Village and the Inverted Wakeboard and Waterski School. Our snowmobile tours run daily so let the excitement begin!”

Offered:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays

​Must be 17+ years old to operate​.  ​Passenger must be Ages 6+ (CC Snowmobile tours charges an additional fee for passengers.  Call CC Snowmobile Tours directly to arrange for passenger tickets:  (518) 796-1308)

They are noted on the Winterfest map here.

Axe Throwing Experience

Your one hour axe throwing experience is offered by Adirondack Axe located in Queensbury, NY.  It is a professonal, indoor venue, located only 15 min away.

They say, “Upon check in you will be assisted by a coach who will walk you through safety and throwing techniques to get you started. We will be close by to help and answer questions. Please read FAQ for requirements. No experience is necessary! Remember Have fun!”

Offered:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays

They are noted on the Winterfest map here.

Guests must be 18 years or older to participate individually. Minors between the ages of 10-17 must be accompanied by a person 21 years or older, who will be responsible for the minor as outlined in our waiver. Minors under the age of 10 are not permitted to participate.

Cross Country Ski Package

Your full day rental package can originate from two different locations.  Both of which offer scenic skiing, though Garnet Hill’s trail system is larger (see bel0w).  Both packages include all of the equipment you’ll need to have an enjoyable day sliding through the woods (skis, poles and boots):

  1. Through the Inside Edge, in Glens Falls (15 min from Lake George Village).  This is an all day package.  The trail system is free and moderately sized, and groomed.
  2. Through Garnet Hill Lodge in North River (45 min from Lake George Village).  This is an all day package. The trail system ticket is included, and is large and groomed.

Offered:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays (Garnet Hill Lodge Only)

They are noted on the Winterfest map here.

Fat Tire Mountain Biking

Your half day Winter Mountain Biking Experience takes place at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River (45 min from Lake George Village).  The mountain bikes are equipped with special wide snow tires, allowing for a fun and enjoyable ride through their large and groomed snowy trail system.  This is an all day package.

They say, “These mountain bikes have “fat” tires with extra traction allowing you to enjoy our network of single-track trails and cross country ski trails whether there is snow, mud, or hard packed dirt.  There’s no such thing as an off-season for these bikes.  If you can bike, you can fat bike, so rent one and give it a try.  This is one more way to enjoy the outdoors.

During ski season, fat bikes are welcome on designated trails Tuesday through Sunday.  Every Monday is Fat Bike Day and they are allowed throughout the groomed trail system.”

Offered:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays

They are noted on the Winterfest map here.

Snowshoe Experience

The Snowshoe Experience takes place at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River (45 min from Lake George Village).   It’s a fun and enjoyable walk through their large and groomed snowy trail system.  This is an all day package and includes all the snowshoe equpiment you’ll need (showshoes and poles).

They say, “Snowshoeing has become quite popular in recent years, due to exciting equipment advances, new trails, and a renewed spirit to get out and discover the outdoors in winter. Snowshoeing is easy to learn and has been around for eons. At Garnet Hill, we have a staff that is experienced with snowshoe equipment, techniques and trail routes and can have you out on the trails having a great time in no time at all.

Our snowshoe trail system at Garnet Hill is extensive with 6 different routes intertwining with our Nordic ski trails providing 15 km of onsite trail snowshoeing. When combined with the wilderness trails in the area, snowshoers can easily enjoy a whole day or even a week of winter adventure.”

Offered:

  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays

They are noted on the Winterfest map here.

Dog Sled Ride

The Dog Sled Experience is a fun one, offered by Thunder Mountain Dog Sleds.  They take place on Mirror Lake (90 min away), and though it’s a bit far away, it’s a beautiful drive and a great experience.  The rides are a 1/2 mile loop (taking less than 10 min).  Yes, it’s a short ride, but look at this as a scenic drive to/from Mirror Lake, coupled with a very memorable experience that you probably never thought you’d do in your life.

Thunder Mountain Dog Sleds doesn’t operate a website, but they are reliably on Mirror Lake offering rides every Fri, Sat and Sun throughout February.  They are located across the street from High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, typically with a large crowd looking on (it’s very picturesque).

Offered:

  • Fridays 10AM – 5PM
  • Saturdays 10AM – 5PM
  • Sundays 10AM – 5PM

*ticket may be used anytime on chosen day during operating hours.  Rides are first come, first serve.

They are noted on the Winterfest map here.

Lake George Area Winterfest

 

Winterfest will take place Mid-December 2021 - March 2022

ASSUMPTION OF RISK & COVID INFORMATION 

We care about the health and safety of our community and guests. 

Please click here for the latest Travel Advisory on LakeGeorgeChamber.com before you plan your trip.

Covid Statement:  We want you to have an enjoyable and safe experience in the Lake George Region.  All of our hotel, restaurant and activity providers are required by the state to strictly follow the individual safety mandates for their businesses.  Additionally, the region mandates social distancing, mask wearing and hand sanitization.  All activities are subject to change, and guests will be notified if changes are made to available activities.

ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK. I acknowledge and understand the following:

Participation includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist.  By participating with Winterfest, I knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from the negligence or fault of Warren County and Americade.  I hereby knowingly assume the risk of injury, harm and loss associated with the Activity, including any injury, harm and loss caused by the negligence, fault or conduct of any kind on the part of the Released Parties.

I understand the activities associated with Winterfest involve numerous risks including, but not limited to, the risks posed by variations in terrain and snow and ice conditions, and other hazards. I also understand mountain biking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and dog sledding involve risks posed by loss of balance, loss of control, falling, and collisions with natural and man-made objects and other participants. I further agree that all of these risks and dangers are necessary to winter activities. New York Law imposes a duty on you to become apprised of, and understand, the risks inherent in these sports, which are set forth above, so that you make an informed decision whether to participate notwithstanding the risks. New York law also imposes additional duties upon you, to which you must adhere, for the purpose of avoiding injury caused by any of the risks inherent in these winter activities. ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I have read and understand the NOTICE above. I have read, reviewed and understand the warning above. In signing, I signify that I am aware of and understand the risks inherent in these activities and that I am accountable for my action.

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