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Beat The Heat: Top 10 Ways to Stay Cool In Queensbury!

Summer in Queensbury is fully upon us, with all the best of what the region has to offer, festivities and events, plenty of recreation opportunities, and hot weather! But let’s admit it…it’s been really hot this summer, so we came up with some suggestions for staying cool and havin’ fun this summer!

Go Poolside

You will be hard pressed to find a more awesome outdoor swimming pool in the area than the one at Gurney Lane Recreation Area! Located just off Exit 20 of the Adirondack Northway, this awesome 6200 sq. ft. pool has a diving well, a slide, and is nestled in a beautifully scenic location. This summer gem also has a bath house, a concession stand, basketball, a playground and more.

Gurney Lane Pool

Gurney Lane Pool in Queensbury NY

Discover the Hudson River

The mighty Hudson River offers opportunities for fishing, boating, picnicking and more. In Queensbury, Hudson River Park offers great access to a 6-mile stretch of the river. There’s is a free boat launch site, ball courts, a picnic shelter with a playground and a fishing dock. And yes, you can bring your dog, but it must be leashed at all times! (You can also explore the Hudson River from the Feeder Canal park, the Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve.)

Hudson River Park in Queensbury NY

Hudson River Park in Queensbury NY

Catch A Show

There’s nothing like a cool, comfortable movie theater on a really hot day! Catch a flick in Queensbury at the Regal Aviation Mall 7 located on Aviation Road right off Exit 19 in the Aviation Mall. In downtown Glens Falls, the 190 Grille & Cinema has dinner and a movie, where you can dine and enjoy a great flick. At the end of the day you can sit back as the day cools down, relax and enjoy a classic drive-in movie at the Glen Drive In Theater!

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Shop Local

Beat the heat while you shop at any one of many great locations in and around Queensbury! From dozens of stores and outlets at the “Million Dollar Mile”, to Sutton’s Marketplace, Northway Plaza, Queensbury Plaza, downtown Glens Falls and the Adirondack Outlet Mall in Lake George or browse to your heart’s content at Glenwood Manor Antiques.

The Factory Outlets of Lake George

The Factory Outlets of Lake George

Indoor Gaming

No lack of indoor fun here! Cool off with an afternoon of bowling at Lake George Lanes & Games in Lake George, or Kingpin’s Alley in nearby South Glens Falls, Laser Tag or roller skating at The Fun Spot, maybe some indoor rock climbing at Rocksport! How about trying your hand at some indoor golf at Bay Meadows Golf Club?

Lake George Lanes & Games

Lake George Lanes & Games

Take A Boat Ride

You can always cool down on the water with a boat cruise or a sail! The Lake George Steamboat Company and Lake George Shoreline has a host of Lake George cruises to choose from, or choose a more intimate setting with Love is on Lake George Cruises.

Minnie Ha Ha - Lake George Steamboat Co.

Minnie Ha Ha – Lake George Steamboat Co.

Spend Some Time in the Library

There’s nothing like the feeling you get when you walk into a cool, quiet library mid-summer! We have incredible libraries in our area, beginning with Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls! This beautiful library offers all types of programs and services, not to mention multiple floors of books, music and movies waiting to be discovered and enjoyed! If you’re a library lover, The Richards Library in nearby Warrensburg and the Caldwell-Lake George Library in Lake George are definitely list-worthy!

Crandall Library in Glens Falls

Crandall Library in Glens Falls

Check Out Local Craft Breweries & Distilleries

Whether you are a craft brew connoisseur, or just like to try something new, the craft beverage industry near Queensbury is rich with beverage entrepreneurs! Visit the Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail and Map, and spend some time exploring these “cool” locations on a hot day!

Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail

Adirondack Craft Beverage Trail

Visit A Museum

This is the hot weather, indoor activity jack-pot! If you are visiting the Lake George region, live here year-round, or are just passing through, you can spend endless hours exploring some incredible museums! Spend an afternoon browsing the world-class exhibits at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls…soak up some local history at the Chapman Historical Museum or treat yourself to a visit to The Sembrich in Lake George.

The Hyde Museum

The Hyde Collection

Don’t Forget Ice Cream!

We would be remiss if we didn’t include some locations for one of the best ways to stay cool! Whether you opt for hard ice cream, soft custard or frozen yogurt, with or without toppings and sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry, there are lots of wonderful ice cream stands and stores in the Queensbury area! Actually, you can try them all… Check out Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe, Martha’s Dandee Cream, Rob and Deb’s Frozen Dreams, Cooper’s Cave Ice Cream, Friendly’s Ice Cream and Stewarts Shops!

Sprinkles Ice Cream in Queensbury

Sprinkles Ice Cream in Queensbury

 

 

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