You may already know that Lake George is home to America’s Original Vacation, but did you know that our region is also entrenched in fascinating history? The Lake George Area was fundamental in the formation of our country, from the French and Indian War to the American Revolution. Today our local museums, military forts, and historic sites continue to tell the tales of our storied past. Stay with us at Surfside on the Lake and step into the past in Lake George at these fascinating historic sites:
Fort William Henry Museum
Fort William played a vital role in Lake George’s efforts in the French and Indian Wars. Today, they offer a range of tours, events, and education programs that highlight the sights and stories of the fort. Join their guided military demonstrations, tour the museum exhibits, and witness live cannon firings. If you visit us during the fall, you will have a unique opportunity to meet the ghosts of the fort with a haunted history tour.
Approximately one hour from Lake George, you can visit another historic Adirondack fort. Fort Ticonderoga offers endless adventures for history buffs, including daily tours, historical demonstrations, and museum exhibitions. The fort is hailed as the premier living history program in the country, with weapons demonstrations, shoemaking, tailoring, carpentry, and more.
There is so much to do at Fort Ticonderoga, from strolling through a historic garden to marveling at historical artifacts in the museum!
Grant Cottage State Historic Site
Visit the cottage where President Ulysses S. Grant lived out the last of his days during your Lake George history getaway. Take a guided cottage tour and witness unique artifacts that belonged to the Grant family. You can also join a hidden history hiking tour to learn about what has drawn visitors to the Adirondacks for hundreds of years.
Self-Guided Walking Tour
Embark on the Colonial Wars in Lake George Walking Tour and discover 20 historical and natural sites along the three-mile route. The first stop on the route is the Old Courthouse, which houses the Lake George Historical Association museum. Other significant sites along the tour include:
- Lake George Steamboat Company and Steel Pier
- Radeau Warship
- Fort George Ruins
- Native American Historic Statue
- Battlefield Park Visitor Interpretive Center
- Fort William Henry Cemetery Memorial
Lake George Hotel Lodging
Escape to the Adirondacks and discover fascinating Lake George history during your getaway. Stay with us at Surfside on the Lake and start your self-guided walking tour right from the hotel. We are conveniently located on the lake and in the village, so you can easily access everything Lake George offers! Browse our rooms and suites and plan your historic Adirondack vacation today!