“During the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s still plenty to do in the Lake George Area while following social distancing guidelines. Walk around a beautiful Adirondack town, summit a mountain for a stunning view, or enjoy your favorite takeout food in front of the lake. Everything will be back to normal soon,” says an announcement on Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks’ website.
And even when there’s not a virus to consider, Lake George is a prime area to revel in the beautiful outdoors.
Here are some suggested to-dos:
Take a scenic drive on the Dude Ranch Trail (and stay in one). The 40-mile journey lets travelers take in views of Lake George and the Hudson River from their car windows. One of the many horse ranches along the trail is the Painted Pony Ranch, an authentic Adirondacks dude ranch. Cabins on the property have full kitchens, cable TV, and Wi-Fi, and guests can enjoy outdoor fire pits, a private beach, horseback riding, and hiking to the state park.
In a typical summer, the Lake George Steamboat Company offers daily cruises aboard three different vessels. In addition to sightseeing excursions offering views of the sparkling lake waters, passengers can take cruises themed on fireworks, local music, and comedy. Groups can also get on the lake in the fall to view mountain foliage.
Usher Park is a notoriously quiet beach in Lake George Village, with two pavilions for group gatherings as well as picnic tables and tennis and basketball courts. Visitors can grill out, swim in the shallow waters, and bask on the sandy beach shores.
Top photo: Lake George Steamboat Company sightseeing cruise
Photo by CC Flickr/Ron Cogswell: bit.ly/2zrDFXx
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