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Things to Do in Lake Placid

No matter the season, there’s always something to do in Lake Placid. Year-round, our guests enjoy an abundance of ways to get outside and enjoy the Adirondack Park, experience new adventures at the area’s many attractions, and make new discoveries at our varied museums and historical sites.

Lake Placid Events, Seasonal Activities & Attractions

From exploring the Adirondacks when the weather warms to channeling your inner Olympian while exploring venues used during the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, explore all the possibilities for things to do during your Lake Placid vacation.


4x4 Alpine Expeditions
4x4 Tour of Whiteface Mountain
The Adirondack Experience
The Adirondack Experience offers more than 40,000 square feet of exciting exhibitions housed in 24 modern and historic buildings on a 121-acre campus. Interactive, hands-on activities abound, making the stories of the Adirondacks and its people highly engaging for the whole family.
The Wild Center
The Bird's Nest on the Wild Walk
"Where the wilderness comes alive." A natural history museum dedicated to the Adirondack Preserve and the rare relationship between the park and its communities.
High Falls Gorge
The Adirondacks' most breathtaking 30-minute walk includes hiking trails with stunning waterfall views, river walk and snowshoe trails.
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
A refuge and rehabilitation center for injured Adirondack wildlife with educational animal exhibits and one-mile hiking trail.
Ausable Chasm
Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks; encompasses nature trails, scenic views, rafting, tubing, camping and snowshoeing.
Bird Watching
Male Purple Finch
Ed Kanze, Adirondack Naturalist Company
Cross Country Skiing / Snowshoeing
Person cross country skiing through wooded trail.
Cascade Cross Country Ski Center
Dogsled Rides
Dogsled Rides on Mirror Lake
Dogsled Rides on Mirror Lake
Downhill Skiing
Skiing Down Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
First Run Movies
Lake Placid Palace Theatre
Fishing Guide
Stillwaters Guide Service, Terry Watson
Golf
Signature Golf Courses with a Historic Past
Guided Adirondack Adventures
High Peaks Cyclery
Guided Hikes
Adirondack Naturalist Company
Hiking in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Hiking Guide for All Experience Levels
Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides
Adirondack Sleigh Rides
Horseback Riding
Two Women on Horseback
Emerald Springs Ranch
Ice Skating
Woman lacing up ice skates.
Skate Historic Ice
John Brown Farm
A state historic site at the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown. Includes trail walks and hikes, guided tours, picnic area and cross-country skiing.
Lake Placid Boating and Boat Tours
A Family Waterskiing
Lake Placid Marina and Boat Tours
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Performing and Visual Arts
Mountain Biking
Mountain Biking In and Around the Adirondacks
Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Nordic skiers on Mt. Van Hoevenberg ski trails.
Step into a pair of skis or snowshoes, breathe in the fresh, crisp air and follow our meticulously groomed trails through the snowy woods.
Olympic Corporate Retreats
Gold Medal Games
Olympic Museum
Olympic History Museum
Olympic Sites & Activities
Whiteface Mountain
Riverwalking
Adirondack Riverwalking
Rock and Ice Climbing
Person ice climbing.
High Peaks Mountain Adventures
Santa's Village
The forerunner of the modern-day amusement park, this children's theme park, and Christmas village has been welcoming visitors since 1949.
Scenic Flight Tours
Views of the High Peaks from a Plane
View the high peaks, the Olympic venues or the Adirondack lakes regions from the clouds in a twenty-minute sightseeing flight over the Adirondack High Peaks.
Swimming
People Jumping into the Lake
Enjoy one of our four pools or take a dip in a local lake.
Toboggan Chute
Lake Placid Toboggan Chute
Watercraft
Girl in a Canoe
Kayaks, Pedal Boats and Stand Up Paddleboards
White Water Rafting
Adirondack Rafting Co.
Ziplining
Experience Outdoors
Holiday Stroll | 12/8-10
A Lake Placid tradition, the Stroll is a family and couples weekend chock full of events, entertainment, parties, dining specials and shopping in the fairy-tale winter wonderland of Lake Placid. The weekend includes lots of free kids activities. Santa will be making an appearance in several locations throughout the weekend. There will also be dining specials and live entertainment into the late evening hours.
Ironman Lake Placid | 7/22
2.4 mile swim / 112 mile bike / 26.2 mile run - IRONMAN Lake Placid is the longest-running American event aside from the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Located in the beautiful Adirondack mountains, it's an accessible event every athlete should put on their bucket list. Having hosted two Olympic Games (1932 and 1980), this charming town knows how to deliver a world-class athletic event. It's also the home of one of the most challenging IRONMAN courses with its famous Adirondack climbs.
CanAm Rugby | 7/28-30
Considered one of the largest and best-run rugby events in the world, the Can-Am Tournament was created in 1973 by the Mountaineers Rugby Club and is proud to be celebrating its 44th year. The inaugural event was an eight-team affair that quickly doubled and has since mushroomed into a mid-summer tradition with 100+ teams converging on the Adirondacks.
Lake Placid Lacrosse | 7/30-8/5
Starting out as a small group of lacrosse players wanting to get together to play their favorite game, the tournament has evolved into a 7-day event with over 230 teams participating. From scholastic contests to seniors, several thousand players and families converge here in Lake Placid for a week of fun competition, camaraderie and family vacations.
Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid | 9/6-9
At this event, athletes will be treated to a course that's identical to the full-distance race, but each discipline will be one single loop of the course. The 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid will offer qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.
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2017/2018 Winter Sports Events

November
6 - 10: ISBF World Cup Bobsled & Skeleton
23 - 26: 2017 Skate America
Nov 27 - Dec 2: IBSF Para-Bobsleigh World Cup

December
11 - 16: FIL World Cup Luge
15 - 17: Miracle Holiday Classic Hockey Tournament
28 or 29: New Year's Ski Jump Exhibition

January
2 - 12: IBSF North American's Cup
15 - 20: FIS Freestyle World Cup Aerials

February
1 - 4: 37th Annual Empire State Winter Games
15 - 19: NorAM Freestyle
17-18: NorAM Biathlon
20: US Cup Ski Jumping
24: PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games - Winterfest

March
4-10: USCSA Ski & Snowboard Championships
14-17: ECAC Men's Hockey Championship
17: Lake Placid Loppet/Nordic Fest
21-24: NCAA DIII Men's Hockey Championship
25-29: Miracle On Ice Fantasy Camp