Hanging Out @ Lake George

The clock is ticking down to the final days of summer, but there’s still time to dash up the Northway and have yourself a day of fun at America’s Vacationland:

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That’s right, Lake George. And really, the lake is still quite beautiful.
Whether you’re on the shore, sightseeing from the deck of the Horicon or steaming along on the big Minne-Ha-Ha.

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If swimming or just sightseeing around the village has got your hunger all worked up, there are, of course, oodles of various dining opportunites. But for our money, nothing really beats a stop at Fat Willie’s Old Fashioned Soft Serve Ice Cream:

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Then it’s time for a stop in one of the arcades along the main drag – maybe Fun World or Playland Arcade – where we’re all too happy to drop a few quarters in “Elvis Live in Las Vegas”:

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Also right in the middle of town on Canada Street is Shepard Park, a great place to rest a spell. Stop by and you never know if might catch some really fine outdoor concert for free:

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Back to the arcade for a little ride in the Sesame Street fire engine with Bert and Ernie:

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Or maybe a couple of rounds of mini-golf at Putts n Prizes, which proudly proclaims to be “the site of the oldest miniature golf course in the U.S.”:

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Of course, it just won’t be a trip to Lake George without ducking our heads into a couple of the incredibly cheesy souvenir shops that seem to line the streets. You know, the ones that sell t-shirts that say, “Will trade wife for beer.” Our new favorite must-have souvenir is the Dancing Monkey:

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Back to the arcade for a private conversation with Ziggy the Clown:

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And, yes, amidst all of the seemingly never-ending tourist shops, you can indeed find a bit of real culture in Lake George:

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Souvenir junk, soft ice cream, a boat ride, a concert in the park, some mini-golf, some impossible-to-win arcade games and a little bit of art, too. That’s what we call a fun day in Lake George.

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