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Is there enough to do?

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Is there enough to do?

Hi. We are trying to plan a late summer family trip. We will be in Ithaca for a wedding and would like to take a few days before for a family vacation. We are drawn to the Adirondacks but are unsure if it would work for our family. We will have a turning 1 on the trip and an almost 3 year old. Hiking, unless very very basic, would be out for us as well as most water activities-kayaking, rafting, tubing etc. So, what would be left for us? We are looking at Lake George (the Sagamore?) or Lake Placid as I think bigger "cities" would offer more. Would we still have a nice time? We love exploring towns, restaurants (nothing fancy), shopping (again nothing fancy). Another option would be to travel to NYC but I think we are looking for a more laid back vacation. We will be traveling the week after Labor Day (Monday-Friday) and I saw that most activities switch to weekends only during that time. What does this forum think? Thanks!

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1. Re: Is there enough to do?

Just out of curiosity, why are you excluding the very town you will be in? Ithaca has pretty much everything you want to do. If you are originally from Ithaca, I could see wanting to see someplace else, but don't undersell where you wil already be.

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2. Re: Is there enough to do?

Mostly because we will be spending 4 days there for the wedding but also because this will be our little family vacation and wanted to be able to spend some time with just us 4 instead of the rest of the family in town :)

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3. Re: Is there enough to do?

You could visit the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake:

http://www.adkmuseum.org/

Also, check this website for family-type things to do:

…go.com/travel/…

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4. Re: Is there enough to do?

That week will be very quiet. With very young kids, I would suggest spending the majority of time at a beach in Lake George somewhere. The lake itself will still be quite warm at that time. Preferably, rent a hotel with an indoor pool. The pool at the Lodges at Cresthaven is indoor/outdoor, which would be perfect.

I would suggest a day trip to Up Yonda http://www.upyondafarm.com

Also, you may want to spend at least a night or two at the Indoor Water Park http://www.sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com

It's a bummer you will miss Magic Forest and Santa's Workshop. The Adirondack Museum is an excellent suggestion. Also, the Fun Spot has a great indoor climbing area for your toddler.

The Steamboats still operate daily at that time http://www.lakegeorgesteamboat.com

There is also an extensive, paved bike trail system in Lake George if you are up for renting two bikes with buggies?

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5. Re: Is there enough to do?

If you go with Lake George, you might consider a day trip into Saratoga Springs, as well. The race course closes on Labor Day, but the village itself is a great place to walk around. There are lots of shops and restaurants. There is a hands-on Children's Museum that is great for little ones, and a carousel in Congress park which is open all day every day until September 3rd, and then is open in the afternoons during the week.

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