Playing In Lake Champlain

Cool weather on the Adirondack Coast

The Lake Champlain Region's cool weather activities are in full swing with a variety of events for the whole family and a slew of outdoor activities to keep your days busy.


Cooler temps mean lots of warm-me-up activities! In fact, we have several special events and regional traditions that are just waiting for you to partake in. Start the cooler season off with apple picking, hiking, and corn mazes, then join us as we transition into cross-country skiing, skating, and ice fishing.

Not one for adventure? How about a little sightseeing? Take in the views from the comfort of your vehicle as you navigate our scenic roads, or grab a warm beverage and gaze across the lake from one of our lakeside restaurants.

Discover Lake Champlain’s historic past

A visit to Lake Champlain wouldn't be complete without a stop at its famous historic sites. Some of the most significant battles of the Revolutionary War took place along the lake at the Forts of Ticonderoga and Crown Point, of which both were regional strongholds. Artillery and war-era relics still reside in local museums. 

If you're planning ahead to visit in the summer, treasure hunters and explorers can plunge into the depths of Lake Champlain, and scuba diving tours will show you the preserved artifacts leftover from the revolution.

Winter fun for the family

Book a winter tour at Ausable Chasm. Guides are prepared to outfit you with the appropriate gear for conditions and lead you into the depths of the chasm for some phenomenal winter-only experiences. See spectacular ice formations, 100-foot icicles, and ice-covered trees sparkling like diamonds, while listening to the thunderous echoes of the Ausable River. The chasm in winter is a photographer’s dream and special photo tours with their resident photographer are also available.

Families with youngsters may want to consider the LaChute Riverwalk Trail. Steps from downtown Ticonderoga and all its amenities, this well maintained, easy trail will wind you along the energetic river that connects Lake George with Lake Champlain. Learn some community history from the trail’s many interpretive panels before you end at Bicentennial Park whose sloping grounds welcomes slides and toboggans.

Many of our lakeshore communities offer maintained public ice skating rinks, or, with the right conditions, our lakes and ponds become natural rinks with the option of doing a little fishing too.  Local bait and tackle shops can provide the most up-to-date information on lake and pond ice fishing conditions and what seems to be biting and where. They also can supply you with the best bait for your target catch, and all the right gear.  With the right conditions our local fishing guides, will also offer shelters from the weather, ice fishing shanties, that often tend to spring up like little villages on the frozen lake and pond surfaces.