Planning a Weekend in Lake George with Kids

Are you planning a family vacation in New York state? Lake George is a great destination year round! These are our picks for planning a weekend in Lake George with kids.

Lake George is a great place to plan a family vacation because of its relaxed vibe and family friendly attractions. Families can enjoy beach days, explore outdoor hikes, and play a round of mini-golf. There are amusement parks, zoos, and historical sites to visit making Lake George, NY a family destination for vacations year round.

Although most people plan a summer visit, we planned a weekend in Lake George for early December. We were looking for a family getaway that was driving distance from our home in Rochester, NY and we wanted a place we could relax.

We also needed to have space for our family of five, room to do virtual school, and a place we could socially distance during 2020. We found the Lodges at Cresthaven and it was an amazing Lake George resort that provided us with a perfect winter getaway.

Weekend in Lake George with Kids

I was a little concerned planning a winter family vacation to Lake George. I knew it was more of a spring/summer/fall destination and was prepared for a lot of the family friendly attractions to be closed for the season.

Most restaurants and shopping were open, but a lot of the Lake George village shops were closed for the season. Keep this in mind when planning a visit to Lake George in the winter.

It worked for us and I enjoyed the quiet walks to the lake, playing outside at the resort playground and basketball courts, and ordering take-out to enjoy by the fire.

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Daily walks to the beach at The Lodges at Cresthaven in Lake George.

Where is Lake George

Lake George is located in the Adirondack mountain region. It is about a 4 hour drive from Rochester, NY and New York City. It is a 2 hour drive from Utica and Cooperstown. Many families spend their weekends in Lake George to enjoy the lake life. Lake George is a great location no matter where you live in New York!

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Lake George is a perfect location for family travel in New York State.

Where to Stay in Lake George

Lake George is home to many motels along the village, but I prefer a rental or pick from the Lake George kid friendly resorts. When traveling with a family of five a motel room typically will not fit us, and we end up having to book 2 rooms making it not very budget friendly.

If you are traveling with a small family on a budget a motel room may be a great choice. Check out this list to explore your options.

We stayed at The Lodges at Cresthaven and loved it from the minute we entered! The Lodges at Cresthaven offer family suites that fit up to 6 people. We stayed at The Oak Tree Lodge.

The Oak Tree Lodge is the newest addition to the Lodges at Cresthaven in Lake George. They have a full kitchen, 2 master suites, balcony views of the lake, and a fireplace. They are also equipped with a washer and dryer.

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Playground and The Oak Tree Lodges at The Lodge at Cresthaven.

The amenities at the resort include private beach, heated indoor/outdoor pool, playground, arcade, basketball court, weekly summer activities, and the Boathouse restaurant on-site. These amenities are offered April-November to guests.

We visited in December and didn’t get access to all of the extras for guests but we did enjoy walking to the beach, playing on the playground, and playing basketball and shuffleboard.

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Pool at The Lodges at Cresthaven.

If you plan a winter visit to the Lodges you will also enjoy deeply discounted rates for the resort. They also run winter specials that are worth checking out.

I do wish the heated pool was open year round but we had a great time. Visiting during the winter months has one really big perk: the resort is quiet! We had the place basically to ourselves and sneaking out on the balcony to watch the sunrise with my hot cup of coffee was one of my favorite memories.

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I looked forward to my morning coffee overlooking the lake.

Where to Eat in Lake George

During the summer Lake George has many places to eat along the lake and in Lake George village. A weekend visit to Lake George in the winter is a little different.

We did manage to find a few places that we enjoyed and stuck to take-out during our visit. We really loved having a kitchen and a place to eat that felt like home.

When we arrived in we visited the local Tops grocery store to stock the fridge with snacks and drinks for our 3 night stay in Lake George. We also wanted coffee and breakfast for our mornings. For lunch we spent it at the resort because the kids were working on school.

Having a kitchen really helped with meals but we went out for dinner most nights to treat ourselves.

A few places to eat for families:

  • Pizza Jerks
  • The Garrison
  • The Tiki Motel (Polynesian Dinner Show)
  • Capri Pizza
  • 163 Tap Room
  • The Boathouse (seasonal)

Things to Do in Lake George with Kids

Whether you are spending a weekend in Lake George or a week you will want to find things to do with kids. Luckily there are a lot of kid friendly activities in Lake George that everyone will love.

Fort William Henry

Fort William Henry is a historical site that takes visitors back to the 1700s. There are interactive exhibits and events. Fort William Henry is open weekends during the winter. Learn more here.

Swimming in Lake George

If you are visiting during the summer months you will want to swim at Lake George. If you are staying at a resort with beach access you are all set but if you are not you may want to look at Million Dollar Beach. There is a parking fee for the beach and it is a state run beach with lifeguards during the summer. Learn more here.

Mini-Golf at Lake George

There are a few choices when it comes to mini-golf in Lake George. If you are visiting for a week I suggest a family friendly golf competition at all three! During the summer months you can play mini-golf at Pirates Cove, Goony Golf, and Around the World Golf.

Amusement Parks in Lake George

If your family loves amusement parks you can make the short drive to Six Flags Great Escape. In the winter months you can also visit Great Escape Indoor Waterpark.

Lake George Expedition Park is great for families with little ones. There are two places to visit: Magic Forest and Dino Roar Valley. Magic Forest has small carnival rides and Dino Roar Valley has trails lined with dinosaurs.

Outdoor Adventures in Lake George

If you are looking to get outdoors in Lake George there are lots of options. At Saddle Up Stables you can go horseback riding, Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course has an aerial adventure course, and during the summer months visit Prospect Mountain for 100 mile views of the Adirondacks.

Water Attractions in Lake George

Take a family boat ride on the Lake George Steamboat or have an adventure with the Adirondack Rafting Company. Ausable Chasm is another place that has many outdoor fun for families.

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Lake George Steamboat and Lake George Mystery Spot.

More Lake George Attractions for Kids

Lake George Mystery Spot is located in Lake George village. It is a road-side type attraction located next to the visitors center. When you stand in the center x and talk your words are not heard by others but bounce back to you.

The Fun Spot has Go-Karts, roller skating, and laser tag. House of Frankenstein Wax Museum offers scares for those wanting something more intense.

We really enjoyed our weekend in Lake George. It was exactly what we expected during the winter months and we had a great time. Visiting Lake George with a family would be a fun weekend getaway or relaxing week at the lake for a summer vacation.

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