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Things to Do in Glens Falls

Posted on: September 17th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

balloons2Glens Falls is a quiet town but it has plenty of things to do.  It’s a great base for any of your favorite Adirondack activities like hiking, camping, and bird watching, but it also has much more to offer.

This week Glens Falls is home to the Adirondack Balloon Festival.  Hundreds of balloons will take to the sky and on the ground spectators can enjoy a craft fair, a car show, live music, great food vendors, and more!

If you can’t make it for the balloon festival, don’t worry, you haven’t missed your chance to fly over the Adirondacks in a hot air balloon.  Head over to Sunkiss Ballooning for your balloon ride.

If you’re looking for something to really get your heart pumping, check out Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course.  They have 1.5 miles of challenging aerial courses.  Cross bridges, fly down zip lines, traverse ropes courses and much more to get your adrenaline pumping and finish each course!

You might also try white water rafting on the Hudson, or climbing and exploring local caves.  The Feeder Canal Towpath  is a 9 mile path popular with cyclists and walkers.  Canoeing through the canal is also a fun way to spend the afternoon.

If spending time on the water sounds nice but all the work of canoeing does not, stop by the Lake George Steamboat Company.  Enjoy a cruise on Lake George, whether you spend an hour sight seeing, enjoy an great meal, or watch fireworks over the water.

If you’re up for a fright pay a visit to Dr. Morbid’s Haunted House or the House of Frankenstein Wax Museum .   The statues at this wax museum are unlike any you’ve seen before!

If you’re in need of some retail therapy The Shirt Factory is the place to go.   Once an actual shirt factory, the building now houses several shops and galleries.  It is also houses many artists’ studios so as you wonder you may see artists at work.  Ground floor shops are generally open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The Hyde Collection Art Museum  has a unique collection of art from around the world, ranging from antiquity to the present.  The bulk of the collection was acquired by Louis and Charlotte Hyde, who founded the Museum.  Many of the pieces are displayed in their former home, now called Hyde House.

For a small piece of Adirondack  history visit the Chapman Historical Museum.  Discover what life was like in the Adirondacks in the mid 19th century and what it was like to struggle with the changing technologies of the 20th century in this painstakingly restored home.

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