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Old Fashioned Winter Activities in and Around Queensbury

Winter activities in and around Queensbury: ice skating

Finding winter activities in and around Queensbury is never a problem. One of the most amazing things about where we live? You can go from skiing, hiking or snowshoeing a scenic wooded trail, to enjoying a professional dinner theater experience…all within 5 miles.  The Queensbury Corridor offers easy admission to different sections of Queensbury, Glens Falls, and Lake George, and lots of old-fashioned winter fun. So, dig out your ice skates, bundle up the kids and prepare to enjoy everything the gateway to the Adirondacks has to offer!

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating

Ice skating is a popular past time all over the world, but the outdoor skating experience in the beautiful Lake George region is truly special. Majestic snow-covered trees and mountains provide a spectacular backdrop while gliding across the ice. The region offers plenty of outdoor skating locations, most of which are free, though outside rinks can only be enjoyed when the weather is fair. Snow and rain don’t have to ruin the fun, however; the Lake George region also has indoor ice skating rinks that are open to the public.

Outdoor Ice Skating Locations:

  • Gurney Lane Recreation Area, 118 Gurney Lane, Queensbury, (518) 761-8216
  • Warrensburg Recreation Field, 3797 Main St., Warrensburg, (518) 623-9511
  • Crandall Park, Glens Falls, (518) 615-0446
  • East Field, 175 Dix Ave., Glens Falls, (518) 615-0446
  • Dynamite Hill Rec Center, Dynamite Hill Rd, Chestertown, (518) 494-2722

Indoor Ice Skating Locations:

  • Cool Insuring Arena, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, (518) 798-0366  ($5 fee)
  • Glens Falls Recreation Center, Fire Rd, Glens Falls, (518) 761-3855

Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing is a great way to see the beauty of the Lake George region’s natural scenery while also getting a brisk workout in the chilly winter air. Scenic ski trails of all difficulties crisscross the region, and many offer ski rentals and have warming huts along the paths. Skiers can leisurely venture the trails, taking in the sights, or challenge themselves to set a new personal best time. Trail availability is based on the day’s weather conditions, so check the local forecast and pick a nice day ahead of time.

Cross Country Skiing Locations:

  • Warren County Nature Trail & Nordic Ski System, (518) 623-5576
  • Gurney Lane Recreation Area, 118 Gurney Lane, Queensbury, (518) 761-8216
  • Lake George Recreation Park, Lake George, (518) 668-5771
  • Warrensburg Recreation Field, 3797 Main St., Warrensburg, (518) 623-9511
  • The Nordic Center at Gore Mountain, 793 Peaceful Valley Rd, North Creek, (518)251-2411
  • https://www.goremountain.com/businesses/cross-country-skiing-gore-mountain

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is a very popular winter activity in the Lake George region, and even some of the smallest towns and hamlets have their own clubs and trails. Experienced riders can enjoy the trails on their own, but newer riders may want to take a guided tour. Local snowmobile clubs can be a great resource for finding the best trails, rental places, and guides. Another fantastic source for finding trails in the region is the New York Snowmobile Map , which shows regional trails right on the map.

Snowmobile Clubs:

  • Northern Warren Trailblazers, Chestertown, (518) 494-0113
  • South Warren Snowmobile Club Inc., Lake Luzerne, (518) 696-3152
  • Thurman Connection Snowmobile Club, Athol, (518) 623-3272

Snowshoeing

The history of snowshoeing in the Adirondacks stretches back an astounding 4000 years, and the basic design of the shoe has barely changed in all that time. Thanks to these wonderful tools, even deep snow can’t keep Adirondack residents indoors. Today, all levels of trails exist in this area, from flat paths to steep hikes, so snowshoers can choose the trail that is right for them. As with all outdoor winter activities, weather affects trail conditions, so be sure to choose a promising day ahead of time.

Snowshoeing Locations:

Sledding and Tubing

As with many winter activities, downhill sledding and tubing began as a means of transporting people and goods more efficiently over the snow and, eventually, evolved into a form of recreation. Sledding has been a winter tradition in the Adirondacks for hundreds of years; riders of all ages enjoy flying down a freshly powdered slope in the nippy winter air. Thrill seekers looking for a faster ride should try replacing the sled with a rubber tube. Rubber creates less friction than plastic or wood, so riders can really zoom down the slopes. Most ski areas have sledding and tubing areas and offer rentals.

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Theater Performances & Dinner Theaters

After a fun-filled day of outdoor activities in the chilly winter air, everyone appreciates a hot, delicious meal or event to recharge their batteries. our region provides a unique and varied choice of arts and theater related events, from movies, to musicals, to dinner theater. The Lake Theatre, currently in it’s 51st season, provides full course meals served at the table with a comedy show on the stage a mere 30 feet away. Just down the street, The Georgian Lakeside Resort presents a variety of shows, including murder mysteries and musical acts, during which guests enjoy cuisine from one of the most famous kitchens on the lake. Make dinner more than just food; make it a memory. the strand theater in Hudson falls is a community undertaking providing all types of events for the public to enjoy.

These old fashioned winter activities in and around Queensbury are family-friendly, affordable, and easy to access. Are you a visitor to the Queensbury area? Learn more about business in our area!