Located in upstate New York at the base of the Adirondack Mountains, Lake George is a beautiful and restful vacation destination that has been popular with families for decades. Known as “Queen of the American Lakes,” you can plan a trip here at any time of year and find something interesting to do. Families looking for adventure or a relaxing place to vacation will find ample opportunities for both here. We recommend finding a Lake George vacation rental in these ten areas around the lake so you have the best possible vacation experience.

1. The Town of Lake George

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The town of Lake George is a popular tourist destination. There is plenty to do within walking distance of most vacation homes, including souvenir shopping, miniature golfing, and dining. Take a cruise on the Minnehaha, or dine on one of the lovely patio restaurants overlooking the lake. Adults and children will have fun traveling through the local haunted house or dressing up in vintage clothes for an old-time photo shoot. Your vacation rental provides the perfect home base for when you need a rest.

2. Bolton Landing

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If you prefer a town with ample activities but fewer people, reserve a vacation rental in Bolton Landing. Spend the day at Rogers Memorial Beach, or get out on the water with a guided tour with Indian Pipes Chartered Cruise. Swing through the trees at Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course, or look closely at exquisite butterflies at Yonda Farms butterfly garden. In the evening, choose one of the many restaurants available in Bolton Landing’s downtown district.

3. Glens Falls

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If you enjoy the arts, check out the vacation homes in charming Glens Falls. During the summer, the town hosts the Adirondack Theater Festival, where you can see multiple plays and musicals with your family. The Glens Falls Symphony and Wood Theater put on performances throughout the year, so spend the day in the beautiful sunshine on the lake before heading to the theater after a fantastic dinner in town.

4. Saratoga Springs

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Saratoga Springs originated as a spa town, and visitors still come to the area to enjoy its natural springs and upscale boutique shopping. Choose from several spas in the area, including Roosevelt Baths & Spa, where you can relax in a luxurious mineral bath. Saratoga Race Course is also located in the town, so horse lovers can watch the races. A vacation rental in Saratoga Springs puts you close to Saratoga National Historical Park, site of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Saratoga.

5. Ballston Spa

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Historic Ballston Spa is the perfect place for vacationers searching for a quiet location in the Lake George region. Life moves at a slower pace, and visitors fall in love with the quaint downtown area and its cafes and shops. While there, stop by the National Bottle Museum, and learn about town’s connection to early bottle manufacturing. Kids love visiting with the llamas at Dakota Ridge Farm, just a short trip from Lake George.

6. Ticonderoga

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Ticonderoga sits along the shore where Lake George and Lake Champlain meet, making it the perfect location for those who want access to water activities on both lakes. Fort Ticonderoga is a short drive from Lake George and is another historic place where visitors can learn about life at the fort during the French and Indian War.

7. Diamond Point

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Diamond Point is a quiet, peaceful community with a wide range of vacation rental options, from stately townhouses to cozy cottages right on the water. Many vacation rentals come with their own private docks and beaches, giving you and your family a secluded area to relax and unwind. Rent a boat and travel along the lake to visit the other lakefront communities, then head back to your rental for a lazy dinner as you watch the sunset over the water.

8. Huletts Landing

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Huletts Landing is a small hamlet near the northern portion of the lake and provides the perfect hideaway when you want to get away from it all. The center of activity is Huletts Landing Marina, which offers boat rentals plus access to groceries and local foods. Huletts Landing also has weekly fireworks shows during the summer, providing the perfect ending to any day on the lake.

9. Queensbury

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If you want adventure and amusement, you can’t go wrong with a vacation home in Queensbury. This town offers plenty of family-friendly attractions, such as the Splashwater Kingdom and Six Flags Great Escape amusement park. Stop by Adventure Family Fun Center to enjoy paintball, bumper cars, laser tag, and a game arcade. If you love golf, you have many options, from miniature golf at Pirates Cove Adventure Golf to 18 hole courses at Highland Golf Club.

10. Silver Bay

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Visitors to the Silver Bay area are rewarded with a simple, calm vacation filled with beautiful lake views. Reserve cottages or cabins tucked among the trees, with porches that overlook the water. Spend the day swimming and sunning at the beach, or take a kayak and go rowing on the lake. There are opportunities for fishing, both on shore or by boat, all within easy reach from your Silver Bay vacation rental.