CBS Sunday Morning featured a delightful piece on the last Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Lake George, NY, this past Sunday- if you missed it, the video’s here, and is well worth a watch.
While visiting the last Howard Johnson’s, you might want to take in any of a number of other attractions Lake George village and its surrounding area has to offer. Lake George is located within the Adirondack Park, created in 1892, which is today the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.
The boundary of the Park encompasses approximately 6 million acres, nearly half of which belongs to all the people of New York State and is constitutionally protected to remain “forever wild” forest preserve. The remaining half of the Park is private land which includes settlements, farms, timber lands, businesses, homes, and camps. Needless to say, the Adirondack Mountains are a popular destination for hiking, fishing, camping and outdoor pursuits, with excellent hiking trails for hikers of all skill levels.
Lake George also offers the opportunity to take a cruise around the lake on one of the last steam paddle wheel boats in the U.S., the “Minne-ha-ha”, operated by the Lake George Steamboat Company. In addition to the Minne-ha-ha’s hour-long cruises around the lake seven times a day, the steamboat company offers a wide variety of other cruises including lunch or dinner on the lake.
The history buffs among you will recognize Lake George as the site of Fort William Henry, constructed in 1755 as a British outpost to protect colonies further to the south from the French during the “French and Indian War” (1754-1763). It also features in James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans”. Tours are available daily between May and October, and visitors can also participate in a number of special events held at the fort throughout the summer.
Lake George village also offers activities that all but define summer for many: parasailing on the lake, an arcade, a wax museum, water fun at Water Slide World, and mini-golf – I strongly recommend the Around the World mini golf on Beach Road (near the Lake George beach). And naturally there are food and beverage (and ice cream!) establishments for all tastes.