Boating and other water activities await from your reserved boat slip. Fischer's Marina, close by in Warner Bay, affords a convenient location to rent, launch your boat and buy fuel. Additionally, Longview is close to nearly everything else: 20 minutes to Lake George Village by car or get there "Adirondack's style" in your boat and tie up at one of the public docks. Just because you are at "the lake" doesn't mean you still can't go to the beach. A few minutes down the road from Longview on Pilot Knob is a quaint little sandy beach that offers a lifeguard during the summer. 'Million Dollar Beach' in Lake George Village offers a more “upscale” experience with a bathhouse, lifeguards, picnic areas, volleyball and a large sandy beach.
Internationally acclaimed Camp Chingachgook, a mere 8 minute down the road, offers day camp for younger children and 2-week sleep away sessions for older kids. For "boardwalk style" summer fun, enjoy the rides and water park at Great Escape/Six Flags or visit the Magic Forest (for the younger kids). Of course, no vacation would be complete without some time to check out the local retail scene. In addition to the interesting local shops, there’s plenty of fantastic, name-brand outlet shopping. If you are looking for a little more sophistication, you can travel about 45 minutes to Saratoga to shop, dine or take in the spectacle of a horse race at the track.
Outside Fun and Adventure Awaits:
You don't need a gym to get a great cardio workout when mountain trails sit minutes away from Longview's door. Available right off of Pilot Knob Road are two trail heads-one offers access to a wide network of hikes of varying difficulty, distances and skill levels, including a 6.6 mile trail to the summit of Buck Mountain, that overlooks the Narrows at about 2000 FT elevation. Right across the street is a trailhead that offers a two-tiered hike up to a gazebo lake overlook and then onward up to a waterfall. A word of advice: bring plenty of water and an energy bar snack! Still looking for more adventure? White water rafting, parasailing, kayaking, biking trails, jet ski rental, guided horseback rides on trails, and mountain biking are close by. Gore Mountain opens its trails for hikes and mountain biking in the summer and early fall. Try a hot air balloon ride over Lake George or take a narrated cruise on one of the lake’s unique steamboats. Play golf? There are several championship golf courses in the area, including two public courses within 20 minutes of Longview.
In the Winter, Longview is ideally located for easy access to downhill and cross country ski areas. Gore Mountain is about 45-60 minutes away, with snowmaking on 95% of its 60 trails. It has a summit elevation of 3,600 feet and a vertical drop of 2,100 feet. West Mountain is within a 20 minutes drive and is a smaller, easier mountain that has a kid friendly ski school. It also offers non-skiing fun for the entire family on its snow tubing hill. Vermont ski mountains are as near as 1-1/2 to 2 hours away. Cross country skiers have numerous options within a 20-60 minute drive, not to mention direct access to the trails off of Pilot Knob Road. Extensive groomed and non-groomed snow mobile trails are within a 10-15 minute drive of Longview, offering a wide range of trail types. If snow shoeing is your thing, the trails off of Pilot Knob offer varied terrain from gentle paths to steep challenges up to the nearby mountain summits. Drive a little farther and there are dozens of trail networks that offer extensive winter hike/snow shoe/cross country skiing opportunities. Lake George has a great Winter Festival that has races, food and other fun activities. You can find indoor ice skating year round at The Lake George Forum where you can free skate and even take some lessons.
Culture and Historic Spots:
Looking for something cultural to exercise your mind? In the summer, the Saratoga Performing Arts center offers the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra and various other musical performances. There is a dinner theatre in Lake George Village that operates from mid-June to mid-October. Like museums? In Glens Falls you can visit the Hyde Collection and the Chapman for fine art. For local history, Lake George's Fort William Henry Museum and Battlefield Park are great places to start. The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake (about an hour away, May to mid-October) offers extensive exhibits covering the history, life and legends of the Adirondacks.
As you will discover, each season offers a variety of different and unique experiences. Which ones will you, your family and guests want to experience?