If I wanted to see the best of the Adirondacks (with two kids), in late August, what would you recommend I see? Not necessarily the touristy things, but we'll probably do one or two touristy things.
Everything I read is about the scenic roadways, hiking and biking, and waterways...etc, but there's nothing to help me compare or help me decide what to do/see and which areas are worth the drive (staying near Lake George, but away from the town).
Which town are cute towns, with nooks and crannies?
Are there any "only-in -the-Adirondacks" types of things to do/see? There seems to be a lot on birding for example...is there a great place to do that? Where is the best place to see the local wildlife?
BTW, our kids are 2 and 4. We love to drive, bike, hike, we love wine and good restaurants (not fancy because of the kids), shopping, exploring towns, and experiencing the local flavor of where we visit. We especially love live music (famly-friendly type). We're not adventurers, but we also don't like to sit still.
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.