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Ideas for a Fun Lake Placid Getaway with Friends

From Girls Getaways to Bromance Retreats, whether you're looking for an action-packed, adrenaline-pumping adventure or a laid back and relaxing escape from the stresses of everyday life, there are limitless ways to experience the Adirondacks with a group of your best friends.

Published: 05/07/2019
Group of friends paddling at the wild center below the overlook platform

The Great Adirondack Outdoor Adventure

  • Experience Outdoors Ziplining
    Nestled on Scott's Cobble Mountain this zip line adventure course consists of seven zips totaling over 2000′ with a view of the Great Range Mountains the entire time. Find your inner Tarzan or Peter Pan and experience the thrill of flight in the Adirondack Mountain canopy.
    Website: https://www.expoutdoors.com

  • Paddle the Raquette River at the Wild Center
    Explore river habitats with a licensed NYS guide from a seated, standing, or kneeling position this summer at the Wild Center, the Adirondack natural history museum. Take in local wildlife from a new perspective and see flora (like carnivorous plants) and fauna (like fish or grazing animals) you may not see anywhere else.
    Website: https://www.wildcenter.org
  • Hike a Lake Placid 9er
    You don't have to travel far or climb high to get some great views. The Lake Placid 9er hiking challenge puts you on top of some of Lake Placid's favorite mountains. If you're a novice hiker and are looking to give the activity a try or if you just can't say no to the lure of a challenge patch, look no further!
    Read More: Conquering Cobble: From Spectacular Failure to Breathtaking Success

  • Fishing in the Adirondacks
    Whether you're looking for fly-fishing in the Ausable River or spin-fishing by canoe or pontoon boat, the Adirondack Mountains are a hotspot for experienced anglers. For your best opportunity to be where the fish are biting, consider hiring an Adirondack guide for stories, guidance, and great times.
    Read More: Fishing for the Sweet Life in the Adirondacks

Retreat & Renewal Respite

  • Yoga on the Waterfront
    Begin your day with a salute to the sun at the water's edge. Mim Wacholder, yoga instructor for the US/Olympic Luge Team and members of the Olympic Freestyle Ski Team, Bobsled/Skeleton Team, hosts open group classes on Mondays at 8 AM at the High Peaks Resort waterfront. Private classes for your group can be arranged.
    Website: https://www.mimyoga.com
  • Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort
    Pamper yourself at the spa without leaving the hotel. Start your vacation with a manicure, have your hair and makeup done before dinner, or relax at the end of your stay with a massage. Or fully indulge with a facial, manicure, and hair care.
  • Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing
    "Slow down, unplug, and immerse your senses in nature." Experienced guides lead you through Adirondack eco-trips with a sensory twist, leaving you thoroughly relaxed and rejuvenated.
    Website: https://www.adirondackriverwalking.com

  • Adirondack Sound Healing
    At Adirondack Sound Healing, certified Sound Healing Practitioner Andrea Lisette Villiere uses the power of sound to reduce mind chatter and induce a state of deep relaxation and meditation.
    Website: http://soundhealingadirondacks.com

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Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort - Coming late June.

The Journey into the Past

  • Antiquing and Artisanal Shopping in the Adirondacks
    Part scavenger hunt, part retail therapy; when Great Camp Era census records include names like Rockefeller, Post, Durant, Carnegie, and more recently Ma, Springsteen, Twain, Weaver, and Bacon you're sure to find a treasure that is uniquely you whether that's a 1934 Dodge Sedan in mint condition or a custom handcrafted sideboard.

  • Lake Placid Olympic Museum
    Explore the legacy of the Olympic games and discover what makes Lake Placid a special part of Olympic history at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.
    Website: http://www.lpom.org
  • John Brown Farm State Historic Site
    State Historic Site and final resting place of famed abolitionist John Brown. Grounds and trails open to the public year-round, homestead open for tours during summer.
    Website: https://parks.ny.gov

  • Adirondack Experience at Blue Mountain Lake
    Offering more than 40,000 square feet of exhibitions housed in 24 modern and historic buildings on a 121-acre campus. Interactive, hands-on activities abound, making the stories and history of the Adirondacks and its people highly engaging for the whole family.
    ebsite: https://www.theadkx.org

two ladies walking their dogs at John Brown Farm
The trails at John Brown Farm are a wonderful place to take your Peak Pup for a walk.

The Down Time

  • Jewelry Design Party at Just Bead It
    Create your own jewelry or décor and make Main Street your creative outlet with a beading party at Just Bead It.
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/justbeaditlp

  • Golf
    Evocative of the hills and mountains of golf's native Scotland, the Adirondack Mountains are home to a rich history of golf as the birthplace of PGA champion Craig Wood, who was the first player to win the Masters and US Open in the same year and boasting courses designed by renowned golf course architects like Seymour Dunn and Alister MacKenzie.
  • Retail Therapy
    Whether you are looking for something whimsical or weighty, fanciful or fashionable, newly minted, or an elusive antique, you will find that High Peaks shopping can be an adventure in itself and it starts just feet from High Peaks Resort in Downtown Lake Placid.
  • Gallery 46 at High Peaks Resort
    If you have an appreciation for art but visiting an art gallery is a little intimidating, High Peaks Resort has you covered. In partnership with Gallery 46, we are proud to bring you a new local artist every season. When you're ready to see more, stop into Gallery 46 and Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
    Website: https://www.gallery46.org

The Tour of Adirondack Tastes

  • Whiskey Tour of Gristmill Distillers
    From barrel to seed, Gristmill Distillers' bourbon, whiskey, rye, and ciders are locally sourced. Take a tour of this distillery and learn how fine whiskey is made (by appointment only).
    Website: http://www.gristmilldistillers.com
  • Adirondack Farm Tour
    Have you got the gift of grow, or do you admire those that do? Maybe you love the taste of produce just plucked from the earth. The Adirondacks offer a bounty of culinary adventures, like u-pick apples, strawberries, blueberries, and pumpkins at Rulf's Orchard, the Great Adirondack Corn Maze at Tucker Farms, dairy farm tours at Sugar House Creamery, and tours of Country Dreams Farm, a working farm, petting zoo which raises Belgian draft horses, cattle, pygmy goats and more.
  • Adirondack Farmers Markets
    Local farmers' markets are a tour de force of regional treats - both edible and decorative. With a different town hosting a farmer's market (in Lake Placid on Wednesdays) every day of the week, it's so easy to fit in your schedule! 
    Local Farmers Markets: https://adirondackharvest.com/markets
  • Private Wine Tasting at Terry Robards
    Arrange a private wine tasting with author, columnist, and noted wine expert Julie Robards at Terry Robards' Wine & Spirits.
    Website: https://terry-robards-wines-spirits.business.site

What can you see on the drive to Lake Placid?

Need to stretch your legs on the way up? Here are a couple of our favorite stops along I-87 to do just that.

  • Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY - The home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures of the Hudson River School of painting, is open to the public for tours of the gallery and villa.
  • Star Trek Tour, Ticonderoga, NY - Praised by members of the crew who knew her best and superfans from around the world, Star Trek Tour is an exact replica of Star Trek Original Series set, painstakingly recreated from original blueprints.
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Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy the breakfast of your choice at the world-famous Dancing Bears Restaurant for each person each day!

Family on paddle boat on Mirror Lake
Dis-lodge and Re-sort

With comfortable rooms and amenities and options to fill an entire season, you can do almost anything... or absolutely nothing.