July and August are the best times to visit Lake George. Sure, it can be a bit challenging to find a parking spot in Lake George Village or snag a dinner reservation in Bolton Landing, but that’s a small price to pay for all the summer events. Free concerts and fireworks shows occur weekly at Shepard Park in Lake George Village and there always seems to be an art fair in Bolton Landing. Plus, the horses at Saratoga Track and the concerts at Saratoga Performing Arts Center are in full swing and are only a 30-minute drive south. The highly regarded Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake also features intriguing lectures on the outdoors, environment, and the arts.
While the water can still be frigid in June, the lake temperature can be perfect in September. This is an ideal time of year for paddlers. Most of the lake traffic leaves after Labor Day. When fall foliage starts to set in late September, the reds and oranges of the maples reflect off the water. It’s ideally suited for a three-day kayaking jaunt.
Several resorts, like the wonderful Sagamore in Bolton Landing, stay open year-round, even during the low season when the weather gets downright freezing. It’s only a 35-minute drive to downhill ski at Gore Mountain and it takes far less time to find groomed cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. If you like to ice fish, you can find trout, landlocked salmon, northern pike, and perch in Lake George. And as you would imagine, prices at hotels are greatly reduced.