What to Do in the Lake Champlain Region

Attractions for all ages

The Lake Champlain Region offers exciting adventures for both the young and the young at heart. Opportunities range from famous military forts and museums to arts and cultural venues to a plethora of outdoor recreational activities that offer excitement all year long.

For history buffs, art enthusiasts, and those who simply want to explore a new walk with an amazing view, the Lake Champlain Region has a delightful array of attractions that offer leisurely fun. From bowling alleys to working farms, square dances at the grange hall to waterfront parks, historic monuments to a recreation of the Star Trek Enterprise main bridge, the attractions of the Lake Champlain area will keep the whole family happy and engaged, any time of year.

By land or by sea

Horsemen in vintage uniforms at Fort Ticonderoga.

The historic hamlets of Essex, Keeseville, Westport, Fort Ticonderoga, and Port Henry are lined with interesting historic sites and are a great place for self-guided walking tours. The Crown Point Historic Site and Fort Ticonderoga are key pieces of early American history and provide unique perspectives on the early history of the area. We even have lighthouses, where the story of this large lake and it's own role in shaping the region is celebrated, too.

One for the road

A man and boy play with hula hoops in front of an outdoor stage where a small band performs.

With so much history around, it's no surprise that the area is full of wonderful people who love the area. From innkeepers to chefs to artists operating their own galleries, the area has a lot of creative people, a welcoming atmosphere, and many great stories to tell. Here, there is plenty of fun to be had and great people to encounter.

Essex County Fish Hatchery

In 1982, Essex County assumed ownership of the state fish hatchery in Crown Point. Traditionally, this facility had stocked yearling brook, brown, and rainbow trout in Essex County waters. The...

Creek Rd. (County Rte 2), Crown Point, 12928
Ballard Park

A beautiful lakeside park located in the town center of Westport that has a natural, grassy amphitheater overlooking an outdoor performance pavilion that hosts concerts throughout the summer. ...

6466 Main St, Westport, 12993
Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area

The Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area is 500 acres of public land in New York and Vermont connected by a spectacular pedestrian and bicycle-friendly award winning bridge that spans beautiful...

814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Veterans' Memorial Park

Located at the hub in the hamlet of Crown Point, this community park is dedicated to all veterans. It features the Soldier's Monument, a Crown Point Civil War Memorial honoring the 67 local men...

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Beggs Park

Beggs Park occupies a lovely point of land where there used to be manufacturing of horseshoe nails and window sashes, since burned down in the early 1900s. Canal boats docked here often, supplying...

Church St, Essex, 12936
History s'Peaks

Looking for a new adventure that will let you explore the Adirondacks and learn cool things? Get in on the latest challenge! New in 2021, History s'Peaks is an Adirondack museum challenge in the...

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Sail Adirondacks

Sail Adirondacks is the region’s only crewed sailing experience on a fleet of classic sailboats. With locations in Saranac Lake and Port Henry, Lake Champlain, you will have an opportunity to sail...

POB 836, Port Henry, 12974
Ticonderoga Hall of Flame Museum

Summer hours: Sunday, Monday 1-4 pm, Thursday 1-5pm

Winter hours: Sunday 1-4pm, Thursday 1-5 pm 

Appointments may be made to tour the museum 

60 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
Willsborough Visitors Center

Multi-purpose interpretive visitor and community center located on the Main Street of Willsboro. 

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Adirondack History Museum


Elizabethtown's original central school provides ample space for a large collection of artifacts from over 200 years of Essex County history and culture. The 2021seasonal exhibits...

7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
Adirondack Harvest

Scenic drives past majestic mountains, shimmering blue lakes, and fertile valleys will lead you to discover Adirondack Harvest agricultural products. Visit the...

3 Sisco Street, Westport, 12993
Westport Heritage House

The Westport Heritage House opens for the 2021 season on June 19. Open 6 days a week through Labor Day; Monday through Saturday 10:00 am until 3:00 pm, Sundays 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  Closed on Tuesdays...

6459 Main Street, Westport, 12993
Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga is a bucket list destination! Bring the family and enjoy hands-on activities, daily weapon demos, boat tours, world-class museum exhibits, beautiful gardens, friendly animals, and...

102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Champ, Lake Champlain's Monster

Does Lake Champlain harbor a monster? Port Henry sure thinks so. They celebrate his existence with their Annual Champ Day celebration, the first Saturday in August. Our resident monster,...

Lake Champlain, Port Henry, 12974
Powerhouse Park

Municipally owned by the Town of Moriah, Powerhouse Park commemorates the Port Henry Powerplant that used to exist on this site, but was demolished in 1971.  This charming park surrounds the mouth...

Dock Lane, Port Henry, 12974
Champlain Area Trails

200 miles of trails

In 2009, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) trail published its earliest trail map highlighting the first new hiking trails it created along with the few...

6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Riverside Park
Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
Ausable Chasm

The oldest natural attraction in the United States (est. 1870), the sites of the chasm are breathtaking. Formed of sandstone that is 500 million years old from a time geologists...

2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
Essex County Fairgrounds

The fairgrounds, including historic Floral Hall, is available to rent for all types of events, from agricultural fairs, festivals, horse shows, musical performances, private parties and more.

3 Sisco Street, Westport, 12993
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor

Explore the vibrant history and characters of the Champlain Valley. View a large collection of original small watercraft built over the last 150 years. Learn about the largest collection of wooden...

4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, 05491
The Whallonsburg Grange

The historic home of Whallonsburgh Patrons of Husbandry #954, the Whallonsburg Grange Hall, built in 1915, has been restored and reclaimed as a vibrant year-round community center for music,...

1610 NYS Rte 22, Essex, 12936
Five Nations Golf LLC

Five Nations Golf LLC is a comprehensive golf facility that includes a historically themed mini-golf course, scenic driving range, and house rental.  Located in historic Ticonderoga's Lord Howe...

671 NYS Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
Historic Hand House
8289 River Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
Star Trek - Original Series Set Tour

If you ever wanted to experience what it would be like to visit the set of Star Trek: The Original Series, now is your chance. Located in Ticonderoga, the Star Trek Original Series Set Tour brings...

112 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
Crown Point State Historic Site

The historic Crown Point is definitely a "don't miss" stop in the Lake Champlain Region! 

The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission fee at museum.

Grounds are open from...

21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928
Chilson Brook Alpacas
464 County Rte 56, Ticonderoga, 12883