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Adirondack Lakes in New York State

Thousands of pristine lakes are known as the jewels of the Adirondack region of New York

Best time: May–October

Adirondack Lakes
Adirondack Lakes
Adirondack Lakes
Adirondack Lakes
Adirondack Lakes
Saranac Lake, NY

The spectacular Adirondack Mountains are the premier hiking destination in the state of New York. Home of iconic lakes, waterfalls, and high peaks, the Adirondacks can be best explored in the summer. In addition to dozens of lake hikes, visitors can explore the nature of the Adirondacks on a canoe or a kayak, try fishing, swimming, or camping overnight. Beach season on the lake runs from June to Labor Day in early September. While the most beautiful time of the year is when the leaves change their color, the fall foliage season peaks in the last two weeks of September.

Lake George

Often called the Queen of American Lakes, Lake George is one of the cleanest and largest lakes of New York that stretches for 32 mi (52 km). It was admired by Thomas Jefferson and numerous American artists and writers. Summer is the perfect time to explore the Lake George area hiking trails, take a scenic cruise on the lake, or hit its beautiful beaches. Try Million Dollar State Beach in Lake George Village, Shepard Park, or Usher Park Beach. You can also go boating, kayaking, rafting, tubing, or stand-up paddleboarding. Renting a yacht or a fishing boat is also possible.

Lake Placid

Lake Placid in the northern Adirondacks and nearby Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, form the so-called Tri-Lakes region. The Lake Placid region offers excellent biking, bird and wildlife watching, hiking, and fly-fishing in the Ausable River. One of the most popular spots to enjoy swimming and sunbathing or to rent a kayak is Lake Placid Public Beach in downtown Lake Placid.

Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake is another beautiful destination to spend time outdoors. Lake Clear Beach boasts immaculate water and is popular with families.

Practical info

When is the best time of year to visit Lake George?

The ideal time to visit Lake George is between late June and August. It's warm enough to swim in the lake or go fishing, and the downtown restaurants and shops are bustling. If you prefer less of a crowd, May and September offer more space to relax and enjoy the pleasant weather. Show more

What are some popular summer activities in the Adirondacks?

During the summer, the Adirondack Mountains offer plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, tubing, boating, fishing, and swimming. You might also enjoy scenic lake cruises or cultural events in the various towns throughout the region. Show more

What's the prime season for viewing fall foliage in the Adirondacks?

The Adirondack region hits peak color for fall foliage from late September through mid-October. It's a great time to check out the leaves' vibrant and unusual shades of red, orange, and yellow. Lake George, Lake Placid, Whiteface Mountain, and Tupper Lake are some excellent places to visit for leaf-peeping this time of year. Show more

Where can you rent a fishing boat or yacht on Lake George?

Brodie's Lakeside, Chic's Marina, and Fischer's Marina are among several places near Lake George where you can rent a fishing boat or yacht. Costs vary depending on the boat's size and type—remember to book ahead during peak season to ensure you snag a rental. Show more

What are some reasons that make Lake Clear Beach stand out from other beaches in the Adirondacks?

Lake Clear Beach is among the most serene, family-friendly, and scenic beaches in the Adirondack Mountains. This beachfront features a vast sandy shore, crystal-clear water, and a designated swimming area overseen by professionally trained lifeguards. You can rent kayaks, canoes, or stand-up paddleboards at rental shops nearby. Also, the beach area has picnic tables, restrooms, and a playground, making it ideal for a family day out. Show more

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