Fall Activities on Lake Champlain

September 8, 2015

Several weeks ago I shared Summer things to do on Lake Champlain and with fall quickly approaching I wanted to share some of my favorite activities to do in this area in the sweet autumn. Enjoy y'all!

Drive to See Fall Foliage
Starting in mid-September through October the gorgeous leaves burst into color creating a beautiful view for all to see. Surrounding Lake Champlain are both the Adirondack and Green Mountains so you can see so many vibrant colors on both sides of the Lake. 

National Museums and Landmarks
On cooler or rainy fall days where you wish to be inside, consider visiting one of the National Museums in the area! 

Visit One of the Adorable Towns on the Shores of Lake Champlain
I have shared before about one of my favorite towns, Essex, and all of its adorable charms. Every year Essex hosts, "Christmas in Essex" in the beginning of December which brings in the holiday season. If you are going to be around this area you can find out more details HERE. Essex is just one town along the lake that offers adorable New England charm, quaint and yummy dining options with beautiful lake side views, a rich and cultural experience, and unique shopping during the fall. 

Just like it is for summer, biking is a wonderful activity that can be done in the fall months too! All along Lake Champlain there are tons of different bike paths that you can choose from that will take you around the Lake, or by the Lake (like the beautiful views that the Burlington Vermont Bike Path offers), and some that even "cross the lake" using one of the ferries or bridges. 

Adirondack Balloon Festival Photography Competition 2nd Place Winner Photo
Adirondack Balloon Festival
The Adirondack Balloon Festival is a yearly festival that happens every September in Glens Falls, NY and in Queensbury, NY. While this is technically not right on the shores of Lake Champlain it is a fun event for the whole family and is simply gorgeous to see and participate in. You can find out more about this event by clicking HERE.

Fort Ticonderoga Heroic Corn Maze from the Air
Heroic Corn Maze, Fort Ticonderoga
The "heroic corn maze" in Fort Ticonderoga is a family friendly activity for people of all ages to enjoy. This six-acre corn maze is designed especially for Fort Ticonderoga providing a variety of opportunities (including historical ones) for people to find in this life size puzzle. The maze is open throughout the season through mid-October and even has days that the maze can be explored at night. Find out more information about this fun fall event by clicking HERE

Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider, & Beer Fall Festival
There are many Fall festivals that are held in the towns and cities along Lake Champlain, but one of the popular ones is the Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider, & Beer Festival that is held in October in Plattsburgh, NY. You can find out more about this festival HERE

Farmers Markets
There are numerous towns along Lake Champlain that hosts farmers markets each week. Each of these farmers markets offer the best of local products and offer a wonderful opportunity to support the local farms. 

Applefolkfest at Penfield Museum
Penfield Museum which is located in Crown Point, NY (on the lower part of Lake Champlain) hosts "Applefolkfest" each year which is an excellent fall tradition to be apart of. As the name suggests, the museum is paying homage and celebrating the staple of fall in northern, New York, the apple. You can find out more about this family friendly even by clicking HERE

Both the Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountains surround the beautiful Lake Champlain. If you love hiking then this area of the United States is a hikers dream. If you are interested in hiking the Adirondacks and want to hike all of the "46 peaks" for the "46ers club" you can find out more about this HERE. Two of my friends completed this last year and it was such an exciting accomplishment! If you are interested in finding out more about hiking in the Green Mountains you can join the "Green Mountain Club" and find out more about it HERE

There are so many different things to do on Lake Champlain during the Fall! What are your favorites?


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    1. Aww thank you!! It was such a delight to see your name pop up in my email!! :) Girl, how did I not know that you had a new branding/blog?!? I just realized this and am so excited to catch up and read!! You are an inspiration!!
      :) Blessings, Rebecca