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. From bowling alleys to working farms, square dances at the grange hall to waterfront parks, research libraries 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

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

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.

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. ...

Location: 
6466 Main St, Westport, 12993
  
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...

Location: 
Creek Rd. (County Rte 2), Crown Point, 12928
  
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...

Location: 
Church St, Essex, 12936
  
Lake Champlain Bridge Heritage Area

Attraction

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...

Location: 
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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Crown Point State Historic Site

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

 

How to get there

 

History

Hours:

  • The museum is...
Location: 
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928
  
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...

Location: 
Dock Lane, Port Henry, 12974
  
Jaycee Park
Location: 
Spring St, Keeseville, 12944
  
Riverside Park
Location: 
Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
  
Essex County Fairgrounds
Location: 
Route 9N, 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...

Location: 
4472 Basin Harbor Road, Vergennes, 05491
  
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...

Location: 
POB 836, Port Henry, 12974
  
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 2019 seasonal exhibits...

Location: 
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.

 

Adirondack Harvest is a...

Location: 
3 Sisco Street, Westport, 12993
  
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...

Location: 
671 NYS Route 9N, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Westport Heritage House

The Westport Heritage House is home to the Westport Chamber of Commerce and the Westport Visitor Center. The Chamber of Commerce has completed a new guided walking tour!

The Visitor Center...

Location: 
6459 Main Street, Westport, 12993
  
Murals of Port Henry

A Village of Port Henry Walking Tour. Enjoy this collection of public art. Eighteen murals are interspersed throughout this historic village; one (no.18) in the hamlet of Mineville.

Location: 
Village, Port Henry, 12974
  
Fort Ticonderoga

Make memories, rain or shine! Fort Ticonderoga is a destination with many attractions the whole family can experience and enjoy! Find adventure in our events and exciting daily programs, weapons...

Location: 
102 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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,...

Location: 
1610 NYS Rte 22, Essex, 12936
  
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,...

Location: 
Lake Champlain, Port Henry, 12974
  
Tigerstripe Paintball

Play Safe. Play Hard. Play Together.

Tigerstripe Paintball offers the perfect outdoor adventure for the advanced player or novice. Our business is family owned and operated and has six...

Location: 
1117 Route 9N, Keeseville, 12944
  
Chilson Brook Alpacas
Location: 
464 County Rte 56, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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 

Location: 
60 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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...

Location: 
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm, 12911
  
Captain and You Cruise

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The Captain & You, a custom boat tour for up to 6 persons with a Captain.

People who have made these trips have come back with enthusiasm, in part because they...

Location: 
Westport Marina
20 Washington Street, Westport, 12993
  
Northern Lake George Platform Tennis
Location: 
68 NYS Rte 9, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
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...

Location: 
112 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Willsboro Bowling Center
Location: 
3922 NYS Route 22, Willsboro, 12996