Lake George covers 45 square miles of the Adirondacks and attracts thousands of visitors to its shores every summer for swimming, boating, and just sitting and staring at its shimmering waters in admiration. The town of Lake George is a major tourist center with arcades, fireworks every Thursday in July and August, and paddleboat rides. It's a chaotic good time for those looking to dive headfirst into summer-by-the-lake culture. Anyone looking for a more mellow experience will find many nearby towns that offer a less hectic atmosphere, such as upscale Bolton Landing, cozy Glens Falls and bucolic Warrensburg.
In the winter, Lake George freezes over and most of the towns surrounding it go into hibernation. Other than skiing up in North Creek you won't find many winter activities and most restaurants and hotels stay closed until early summer.