Lake George

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Lake George is about an hour or so north of Albany, and I’d never been until recently. It’s a pretty swell place. Parking by the beach is $10, and you can come and go all day if you’re so inclined. I personally tend to beach myself for a few hours, and then head out.

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There are a bunch of seagulls on Lake George, just don’t feed them. Some folks next to me started feeding a “cute” duck and the gulls wouldn’t leave them alone after that.

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I stayed on the main part of Lake George (where the lifeguards, bathrooms, & changing rooms are), but there’s a dog-friendly beach just to the left where you can also swim without lifeguard supervision. Albany John said he liked that section better.

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The sand is fairly smooth for Upstate NY sand. It’s not pillow-y soft, and when the sun comes out it heats up lightning fast to burn your tootsies. The water, though, is incredibly clear and clean.

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I went with one of my girlfriends and Albany John. And my Hello Kitty towel over pink lounger, natch. Bring your SPF. I was slathering myself with SPF and still wound up with a bit of a tan. I think I’m one of the few people in Albany who doesn’t want to tan themselves into an orange oblivion sometimes.

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View of the beach from my feet. I can see why Lake George is so popular. It was a relaxing time, not too much hubbub. I can see why it’s so popular with tourists.

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We stopped off at A&W for some dessert on our way out.

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There’s a window to order ice cream, sodas, floats, and other such desserts to the side. Otherwise you can park and order from your car or a table.

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Albany John went with amaretto soft serve, and I went with creme de menth. Wow, creme de menthe was really… menth-y. Phew. Fakey flavoring, unfortunately, but I guess when you have 30+ flavors of soft serve, well, that’s what you get. Really creamy though, so there’s that. $2.50 each for our small ice creams.

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