Lake George is an ideal vacation spot any time of the year.

Fun Indoor Activities for Kids Near Lake George, New York

by Zora Hughes

Lake George is an outdoor lover's paradise seated in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York, with its long, narrow lake ideal for fishing and water activities, as well as the surrounding Adirondacks for hiking, biking and camping. Even in the winter, visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing at one of several Lake George ski resorts. However, when the weather is not the best, due to rain or being far too cold, Lake George has a variety of indoor activities to keep your kids entertained.

1. Family Entertainment

When the Lake George weather isn't cooperating, the kids can get their energy out at an indoor entertainment center such as Adventure Family Fun Center. It has something for kids of all ages, including an indoor go-kart track, an arcade, a 70-foot rock-climbing wall, a multi-level laser tag arena, bumper cars and a paintball arena. It also has a karaoke stage for your kids to sing their favorite hits and an arcade. Another indoor family center to check out is Magic Castle, which has a full, 18-hole indoor mini golf course, an indoor roller coaster ride that spins you around 360 degrees, and a high-speed motion simulator flying experience.

2. Museums

Take your kids over to the GO! World Awareness Children's Museum in Glenn Fall, less than 10 miles from Lake George, for an exciting, hand-on educational experience. Your kids will have the opportunity to check out kid-friendly art from children all around the world. They can also explore other cultures in the many hands-on exhibits, including banging on steel drums in the world music exhibit, pretend to eat a Japanese meal in the traditional Washitsu exhibit and pretend to shop for dinner in the Nigerian marketplace exhibit. Another kid-friendly museum to check out, about 25 miles south of Lake George is the Children's Museum at Saratoga, in Saratoga Springs, New York. All of the exhibits are hands-on and encourage kids to use their imagination. Exhibits includes a kid-sized version of Congress Park, a popular Saratoga Springs park, a trolley that takes kids from Saratoga all the way to Albany and kiddie versions of local stores and services like the grocery store and the post office.

3. Leisure Recreation

Spend a rainy day with the kids at Lake George Bowl, a family-friendly bowling alley that includes bumpers for young kids, a snack bar, and glow-bowling at night. It also regularly offers discounts and promotions on certain days, making it affordable for even a large family. If your kids know how to roller skate, you can take them over to The Fun Spot, 8 miles from Lake George in Queensbury, which features a huge rink with a D.J. playing the latest age-appropriate hits. You can bring your own skates or rent them from the rink and enjoy a snack bar with variety of kid-friendly items. For your kids who don't skate, Fun Spot also includes a laser tag arena and an indoor multi-level playground they can bounce, jump and slide around.

4. Other Indoor Entertainment

Your kids can enjoy the thrill of a water park any time of the year at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park in Queenbsury. The water park includes 38,000 square feet of water attractions, such as a family rafting ride, a tree-house themed water play structure, tube slides, a surfing ride and a lazy river. It also includes a separate water play area for infants and toddlers. Guests staying at the lodge have free access to the water park, but you can purchase a day pass from the front desk if you are just coming for the day. For spooky fun with older kids, take them over to Dr. Morbid's Haunted House, which is open from late spring until the end of November. The haunted house is full of creepy-looking wax figures, with a few mildly scary actors that jump out top scare guests, providing just enough thrills to spook out the kids, but not scary enough to give them nightmares.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Zora Hughes has been writing travel, parenting, cooking and relationship articles since 2010. Her work includes writing city profiles for Groupon. She also writes screenplays and won the S. Randolph Playwriting Award in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in television writing/producing and a Master of Arts Management in entertainment media management, both from Columbia College.

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