Fun Things To Do In Lake Placid!

There are so many different kinds of things to do in Lake Placid that it's really a vacationer's paradise. Because Lake Placid is known for its outdoor activities and Olympic history, some people might think that you have to be an athlete or a real "outdoorsy type" to enjoy it. But Lake Placid has so much to offer everyone, whether you're "outdoorsy" or not! So, whatever you want in a vacation - relaxing get-away, thrilling adventure or something in-between, you'll find plenty of things to do in this beautiful village.

Year-Round Activities

  • Are you a history buff? Interested particularly in the Civil War? Visit the John Brown Farm State Historic Site, located just outside Lake Placid, and step back in time. His house and barn have been preserved and some of the original furnishings are still there.
  • The Lake Placid Center for the Arts will treat you to performances of all kinds of music, independent films, dance troupes, and shows put on by local artists. It's open all year-round, and they even serve refreshments!
  • Of course, the Olympic Center Museum is a must-see when you're in Lake Placid. Explore exhibits from both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, with video highlights, athletes' memorabilia, and lots of history. It's open daily from 10:00 till 5:00, closed major holidays.
  • Lake Placid is still a major destination for Olympic athletes-in-training. On any given day, there are competitions for all sorts of events. These are open for public viewing and are really a lot of fun to watch. Click here for a schedule of upcoming events.
  • If you're looking for adventurous things to do, High Peaks Mountain Adventures will have whatever you're looking for in every season. They can take you ice climbing, back country skiing and snowshoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking ... whew, I'm getting tired just thinking about all of these things to do!
  • Take a tour of the area. You can see and hear about the history of the two Olympics, as well as some of the local sights. This is a great way to get an overall feel for this region if this is your first visit.
  • Do you love a good hearty beer? Then visit one of the two award-winning microbreweries in the village and sample some Ubu Ale or John Brown Pale Ale.
  • Visit Santa's Workshop at North Pole, NY. It's on the way to Whiteface and is a wonderful place for the kids to experience Christmas magic any time of year.
  • There are lots of antique shops in the area, as well as wonderful stores that are unique to the Adirondacks. For some things to do on a "down" day, browse to your heart's content among the friendly main street shops, or drive 10 miles to Saranac Lake, which also has wonderful stores just made for browsing. Stop at The Raybrook Frog on the way for some beautiful Adirondack furnishings.

Winter-time Activities and Events

There's no doubt about it - Lake Placid is synonymous with winter activities and fun! When you combine the natural beauty of the surroundings with the awesome snow and winter weather, you've got a recipe for extreme winter adventures, as well as a fantastic place for a winter vacation! Try some of these fun things to do ...

  • An annual event that's welcomed is the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival. Located in the nearby village of Saranac Lake, this celebration of winter is the longest-running winter festival in the east. Come join us for the 111th anniversary! Find out about this festival here!
  • Love the feeling of speed and freedom? Snowmobiling is a very popular winter sport and almost anyone can do it! Don't have a snowmobile to bring on your trip? No problem. You can rent one in town, or schedule a ride with Lake Placid Snowmobiling. Click here for information on snowmobile vacations in Lake Placid.
  • Skating is a fun winter activity for all age levels, and one of those things to do that the whole family can enjoy. You can skate on the same rinks where Olympic history was made! Lake Placid has public skating at the Olympic speed skating oval, along with summer and winter skating schools for the more serious skaters. For more information on skating at Lake Placid, click here.
  • Skiing is a Lake Placid specialty! Whether you prefer downhill or cross-country, or maybe snowboarding, this is the premier ski resort town in the East!
  • If you like to be out in the woods in the winter, try snowshoeing. This is a great way to take in the beautiful snowy scenery at a slower pace. Equipment rentals are available at many locations in town, as well as at many of the inns and hotels.
  • Want to bring your canine friend along for some winter R & R? Your pup will be welcome at Lake Placid, with lots of dog-friendly lodgings and ski trails. Ski-joring is a winter sport that you and your dog can "pawsitively" enjoy together (sorry - I couldn't resist!) and one of the more different things to do. Haven't tried it before? You can rent anything you might need in town.
  • If you crave an adrenaline rush, try out the Olympic bobsled ride. This is NOT for the faint of heart (or back). But what a rush!!
  • For a really different sort of winter activity, try dog sledding! Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Tours offers an excursion on frozen Mirror Lake. Be sure to dress warm! Click here for more information on dog sled rides.

Summertime Activities and Events

Lake Placid really is a 4-season town. There are just so many things to do in every season. Here are some fun summertime activities ...

  • The Adirondacks are home to 3,000 lakes and ponds and 6,000 miles of rivers and streams! With that much water around, canoeing and kayaking outings are easy to arrange. As with most other things to do, you can choose your level of difficulty, from a paddle around Mirror Lake to white-water rafting or a paddle-and-portage adventure into the heart of the St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area.
  • Check out the Lake Placid Horse Shows, held in early summer every year.  These shows are World Class and attract equestrians from all over the world.
  • Are you a fishing afficianado? Both lakes in Lake Placid are famous for their trout-fishing, with beautiful lake and rainbow trout. If you prefer flyfishing instead, try the mighty Ausable River - not only are the fish great, so is the scenery!
  • Do you love boating? Lake Placid has a marina where you can cruise the calm waters of Mirror Lake in an hour-long, narrated tour. If you have your own boat, there are about 10 boat-launch sites within a 20-mile radius that you can set off from. And there are quite a few places to rent or buy boats, too. This is one of those nice, relaxing things to do.
  • The High Peaks Area surrounding Lake Placid is a destination for hikers. Whether you're a serious hiker, maybe trying to be a 46'er, or you just want to get out in the woods and inhale the scenery, you'll find a trail that's just your cup of tea.
  • Would you like to really get out into the woods and truly explore the Adirondacks? A professional Adirondack Guide can teach you all you need to know about outdoor technical skills and will show you an adventurous time!
  • With all these woods surrounding you, you just might catch "the camping bug." Your camping experience can range from primitive, back-country camping to a camping resort. Create great family memories (and bring the bug spray)!
  • Biking is a great way to experience the Adirondacks. You can rent bikes in town if you don't have your own, and then take a leisurely ride along the trails. Or, if you crave speed and adventure, try mountain biking down Whiteface - that'll get your heart racing!
  • If you love golf, then what could be better than playing your favorite game surrounded by the Adirondack High Peaks? The Lake Placid area has 5 courses within a 10-mile radius - all exciting and challenging, with picturesque holes and mountain views.
  • Stroll through the Lake Placid Farmers' Market and buy some fresh produce and baked goods for a picnic by the lake. This is an awesome Market, and you can find all sorts of things besides the produce - maple syrup, cheese, free-range poultry, bedding plants, hand-woven shawls, ornamental ironwork, and original art and prints. Take home some special souvenirs.

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