Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Adirondack Family Activities: Lake George Winter Carnival

SnowTubing_newFebruary may have fewer days than any other month, but Lake George has made sure to pack it with as many activities as possible. This weekend kicks off the second weekend of a month-long celebration of winter at the Lake George Winter Carnival.

According to Lake George Winter Carnival Committee Volunteer Brenda Travis this is the 52nd year of the Carnival. She remembers coming to Lake George as a teen and looking forward to all the Winter Carnival events.

“Now I am helping to organize the activities,” says Travis. “The Carnival is so much fun and has so much going on. This weekend will be the Northeast Snow X series Carnival Cup. This is a new event. It is a snowmobile race with professionals going around a track and jumping moguls.  Sometimes they can get up to 12 ft. in the air.”

According to Travis there are fireworks every weekend that correspond with the bonfire, s’mores for kids and Rich Ortiz’s special brand of live music. Enjoy the bonfire at Shepard’s Park and see the fireworks over Lake George.

“We have inside and outside kids activities every weekend,” says Travis. “There is a tubing slide, Frisbee toss, turkey bowling, pony rides, and other fun games. Some of the outside activities have a small fee, but the indoor activities at the Neptune Restaurant are free.”

This year offers a new activity for those four-legged friends. Bring your dog to Shepard’s Park and showcase it’s talent at The Dog Cabin’s free talent show. All participants get a prize and gifts are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Travis urges people to come out and enjoy the winter on Lake George. “If you don’t come for all the activities, come for the beautiful lake and scenery.”

Photo: Snow slide at Shepard’s Park, Lake George (Courtesy Diane Chase, Adirondack Family Time.)

Diane Chase

Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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