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Glens Falls, New York Travel Guide

Glens Falls/Queensbury/Lake George

The city of Glens Falls, town of Queensbury and village of Lake George are located in Warren County, along the Adirondack Northway (I-87) from exit 18 to exit 22. Although this trio is a popular summertime destination for tourists far and near, great entertainment, activities and restaurants are available year-round.

GLENS FALLS

Known as The Gateway to the Adirondacks, Glens Falls bears a small town ambience mixed with a little spice of magic. Numerous eateries, shops and other businesses are situated on the five streets leading out from Centennial Circle, the roundabout from which the city expands. The rounded peaks in the distance serve as a humbling reminder of the majesty and wonder of nature.

History Lovers

Farther south, the Hudson River flows wide and strong, but up in Warren County, close to the water’s source in the Adirondacks, the river is like floss. Up here, away from the eventual roar of bigger water, lies Cooper’s Cave Hudson’s, which was James Fenimore Cooper’s inspiration for the novel The Last of the Mohicans. The entrance to the cave is accessible on the Glens Falls side of the Cooper’s Cave Bridge. Admission to the cave is free from Memorial Day to October 31.

The Chapman Historical Museum (www.chapmanmuseum.org) on Glen Street honors the regional heritage of the southern Adirondacks. Visit the Web site listed previously, or call 518-79-2826 for details.

Art Lovers

Glens Falls is the home of the Hyde Collection (www.hydecollection.org), and art museum that hosts exhibitions by world famous artists, such as Rembrandt. Check out the Web site or call 518-792-1761 for current installations.

Just blocks away, the Charles R. Wood Theater (www.woodtheater.org) is a popular spot to see musicals and traditional theatrical performances. This theater is a frequent performance venue during the Adirondack Theatre Festival. Call for details: 518-798-9663.

The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC), based in Glens Falls, features the Lapham Gallery, The June Art Festival, The Fall Festival, classes, and workshops. LARAC can be reached by phone at 518-798-1144. A list of more area galleries and artistic events is listed on the LARAC Web site, www.larac.org.

The Glens Falls Civic Center (518-798-0202) frequently hosts concerts, games and shows. Wallabee’s Jazz Bar (518-792-8282) offers a delightful, low-key atmosphere and live entertainment. For a unique movie-viewing experience, try a meal at Aimee’s Dinner and a Movie (518-792-8181). You can also catch live shows at Davidson Brothers Brewery (518-743-9026), just down the bricked alley.

Sports Lovers

The Glens Falls is also the home of the American Hockey League team The Adirondack Phantoms. Skiing and snowboarding opportunities are close by at West Mountain (www.skiwestmountain.com). Many more downhill skiing trails can be found throughout the Adirondacks. A sign on the Northway between exits 16 and 17N displays the ski resorts most convenient to the Glens Falls/Queensbury/Lake George area.

QUEENSBURY

Located between Glens Falls and Lake George, the Town of Queensbury is home to most of the area’s strip malls and an indoor shopping mall. But Queensbury is more than just a stretch of suburban sprawl. Check it out:

Up, Up in the Sky!

There is no better accent to a beautiful summer morning than a smattering of hot air balloon dotting the air sky with color. To experience this beautiful sight, do not miss the Adirondack Balloon Festival (www.adirondackballoonfest.org) at the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. 2010 marks the festival’s 35th year.

Great Escape Fun Park and Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark

Originally opened as Story Town USA in 1954, this theme park became Great Escape Fun Park (now owned by Six Flags (www.sixflags.com/greatEscape), in 1983. Relics from the original theme, can still be found throughout the park, giving it a unique touch over other Six Flags-run parks in the nation. The Great Escape features rides, attractions, picnic grounds, and an outdoor water park.

Just down the road the Great Escape Lodge (518-284-6000 for general information, 518-824-6060 for reservations) has opened a year-round indoor water park.

LAKE GEORGE

It would be futile to list all of the attractions in Lake George, because this tiny village is packed to the brim, especially in the summertime, when the population explodes with tourists who have come to camp, hike, swim, shop, and more. Rather than try and cover it all, take a look at these highlights, and check out the village’s Web site, listed below.

Oddities

Canada Street, Lake George’s main thoroughfare, is home to two unique attractions, such as Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House (www.drmorbid.com) and the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum (www.frankensteinwaxmusuem.com). Not recommended for small children, those with anxiety issues or those who are afraid of the dark. Whether or not you scare easy, there is no arguing that these are creepy establishments.

Outdoors

The Adirondack Mountain Club, an organization dedicated to the preservation and the recreational maintenance of the Adirondack Preserve, is based in Lake George. Information on local mountain hiking trails, as well as those deeper in the Adirondacks can be obtained through the Adirondack Mountain Club via their Web site (www.adk.org) or by calling 518-668-4447. Some local mountains include Prospect Mountain, Black Mountain, and Buck Mountain.

The Lake George Beach and beaches at other local lakes are available for swimming, and various booths along the Lake George waterfront sell parasailing rides over the water. Musicians and crafters can often be found in Sheperd Park, just above the Lake George Beach.

Boat Tours

Learn more about sight-seeing tours and lunch and dinner cruises by visiting Lake George Shoreline Cruises (www.lakegeorgeshoreline.com), Indian Pipes Charter Cruises, (www.lakegeorgenewyork.com/indianpipes) and the Lake George Steamboat Company (www.lakegeorgesteamboat.com). For more information in activities in and around Lake George, such as birding, carriage rides and historical tours, please visit www.visitlakegeorge.com/attractions.php.

Restaurants in Glens Falls/Queensbury/Lake George:

  • Rock Hill Bakehouse Café – Glens Falls – 19 Exchange Street, 518-615-0777
  • Siam Thai Sushi – Glen Falls, 200 Glen Street, 518-792-6111
  • Raul’s – Glens Falls, 162 Glen Street, just off of the circle, 518-761-3526
  • Mikado – Glens Falls, 7 South Street, 518-798-0033
  • O’Toole’s – Queensbury, 118 Quaker Road, 518-793-3389
  • Poopie’s – Glens Falls, 54 Lawrence Street, 518-792-6155
  • The Log Jam – Lake George, 1484 State Route 9, 518-798-1155
  • Cooper’s Cave – Glens Falls, 2 Sagamore Street, 518-792-0007
  • The Lobster Pot – Lake George, 81 Canada Street, 518-668-1526
  • The Barnsider – Queensbury, Route 9 South, 518-668-5268

To Know Before You Go:

  • Distance between attractions outside of the Glens Falls/ Queensbury/Lake George area - While searching activities, please bear in mind the town in which the attraction you are interested in is located, and the distance it lies from your starting point. Many of the attractions located outside of Lake George proper, such as the Natural Stone Bridges and Caves in Schroon Lake, are spaced far apart from one another, especially those north of the region. For planning purposes, and the sake of your patience and gas tank, it will help to understand how long it will take to reach each destination.
  • Parking – is metered along the roads in Lake George. There are also lots in the side streets. Parking is $10.00 per care at the Great Escape. Parking is illegal on streets in Glens Falls between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Americade – Be aware of when Americade weekend is and avoid it if you have no interest in motorcycles, or mingling in a crowd of thousands of bikers. It is a high congestion weekend, and parking is tight in Lake George without the added pleasure of fighting thousands of extra bodies and bikes.
  • Skateboarding - is illegal in Lake George.

 
 
 
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