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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.


Adirondack Experience - The Museum at Blue Mountain Lake
pond at Adirondack Experience Museum
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. | Located 61.1 miles / 1 hour 17 minutes from High Peaks Resort
Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing
people wading through river
Explore nature through unique, guided sensory experiences like riverwalking, forest bathing, lake & forest walking, and winter forest bathing. Experience the Adirondacks in a new way.
Adirondack Scenic Flights
Views of the High Peaks from a Plane
The day awaits you to explore the Adirondacks by air! Each scenic flight is a totally unique Lake Placid attraction in itself. Tours leave from Lake Placid Airport, just a 5-minute drive from downtown Lake Placid. You can choose from spectacular views of the High Peaks, cruise over Olympic venues or navigate above winding Adirondack waterways. | Located 2.5 miles / 8 minutes from High Peaks Resort
Adirondack Sleigh Rides by Country Dreams Farm
Adirondack Sleigh Rides in winter
The quiet horse-drawn sleigh ride offers mountain views and starry night skies that will be an unforgettable experience. | Located 3.2 miles / 9 minutes from High Peaks Resort
Ausable Chasm
Ausable Chasm
Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks; encompasses nature trails, scenic views, rafting, tubing, camping, and snowshoeing. | Located 37.4 miles / 55 minutes from High Peaks Resort
Birdwatching
Male Purple Finch
The cast of birding characters in any location in the Adirondacks changes – sometimes gradually, sometimes abruptly – with the march of the seasons.
Bobsled Experience at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Cruise down the track like the world-renowned athletes do. Reach speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. Zoom around sharp turns on the over a half-mile-long bobsled track. the Lake Bobsled Experience at the Olympic Sports Complex is a can’t-miss experience for adrenaline-seekers searching for a thrilling ride unlike any other! | Located 9.7 miles / 20 minutes from High Peaks Resort.
Cascade Cross-Country Ski Center
Cross Country Skiing at Cascade Ski Center
With 12 miles of cross-country ski trails, Cascade Ski Center is the perfect weekend adventure for the whole family. | Located 5.8 miles / 12 minutes from High Peaks Resort
Cliffside Coaster at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
Enjoy a scenic ride to the top of the Cliffside Coaster and learn about the inspiring Olympic history of the Lake Placid Sliding Center. Once you reach the top, you control the ride. You have the ability to go as slow or as fast as you’d like. Race your family & friends alongside the 1980 bobsled track to the bottom of the Cliffside Coaster, the longest Mountain Coaster in the USA. | Located 9.7 miles / 20 minutes from High Peaks Resort.
Craig Wood Golf Course
Craig Wood Golf Course offers a challenging round of golf in a spectacular setting. Designed by Seymour Dunn in 1925, this carefully maintained municipal course is strategically carved into the Adirondack countryside. | Located 5.5 miles / 12 minutes from High Peaks Resort.
Cross-Country Skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
The Olympic Cross Country ski trails of Mt. Van Hoevenberg have delighted individuals, couples, and families for over 35 years. Constant trail upgrades and world-class grooming on 55 km of rolling Adirondack terrain have been the hallmark of our Olympic legacy. Skiers have always found trails fit for the Olympian inside them, no matter their ability. | Located 9.7 miles / 20 minutes from High Peaks Resort.
Discover Luge at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
This one-stop experience will help you discover the sport of Luge and provide a unique experience on the roller loops at Mt. Van Hoevenberg. This complete learn-to-luge experience offers an hour-long lesson from our skilled instructors. Located 9.7 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Ed Kanze, Naturalist and Adirondack Guide
Ed Kanze,Adirondack Guide
Ed is a naturalist, author, and Adirondack guide with more than thirty years' experience leading walks in wild places. A former National Park Ranger, museum curator, and instructor, exploring the Adirondacks promises to be the highlight of your Adirondack experience any time of year.
Experience Outdoors
Zipling in the Adirondacks
Located on Scott Cobble Mountain, Experience Outdoors is an adventure park with zipline and adventure courses, mountain biking trails, and rock climbing. Located 5.2 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Golf
Man playing golf at golf course in Lake Placid
Signature Golf Courses with a Historic Past
High Falls Gorge
High Falls Gorge
The Adirondacks' most breathtaking 30-minute walk includes hiking trails with stunning waterfall views, river walk, and snowshoe trails. Located 8.7 miles from High Peaks Resort.
High Peaks Cyclery / High Peaks Mountain Guides
exterior of High Peaks Cyclery
Complete, experienced guide service for hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, sea kayaking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, ice climbing, and xc skiing. Also, visit the retail store in downtown Lake Placid for all your outdoor adventure needs! Cycling, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, hiking, paddling, fishing, and more. Located 0.8 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Hiking in the Adirondacks
family hiking near Lake Placid
This guide includes eight trails in the Lake Placid area that are enjoyable for all hikers - novice to experienced.
Ice Skating
Woman lacing up ice skates
Skate historic ice on the Olympic Oval, at the Herb Brooks Arena, or at the Jack Shea Arena. Or head out on Mirror Lake where there is a shoveled and maintained skating path throughout the winter! Indoor arenas are year-round, outdoor rinks are seasonal. Located 0.8 miles from High Peaks Resort.
John Brown Farm
John Brown Farm in Lake Placid NY
A state historic site at the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown. Includes trail walks and hikes, guided tours, John Brown Lives! exhibits, picnic area, and cross-country skiing. Located 3.2 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Just Bead It
beaded jewelry
No matter the weather, making your own one-of-a-kind jewelry is a great day to decompress. Located on Main Street across from the High Peaks Resort.
Lake Placid Boat Tours
Cruise the pristine waters of Lake Placid in an enclosed pontoon boats. The hour-long, narrated tour travels 16 miles on one of the world's most beautiful lakes. See and hear about the stately manors situated along the shore, Adirondack wildlife, and Whiteface Mountain, the site of the alpine events during the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Located 0.8 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
performers at Lake Placid Center for the Arts
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a year-round performing and visual Arts Facility dedicated to presenting and fostering quality arts, which inspire, enrich, educate and entertain people of all ages. Located 0.8 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Lake Placid Palace Theatre
Lake Placid Palace Theater exterior
A locally owned vintage theater showing 1st-run movies on 4 screens in a circa-1926 building. Located 0.1 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Mountain Biking at Mt. Van Hoevenberg
people mountain biking
Boasting more than 30 km of trails that climb, dip and twist through pristine stands of Adirondack hardwoods and sky-scraping pines. If you’re a veteran trail rider, you’ll find plenty to challenge you: all the jumps, steeps and hairpin turns you could ever want and terrain that varies from open meadows to single-track in secluded forests. If you’re new to the sport, this is the perfect place to get started. Their trail system has plenty of mileage to offer riders of all levels. Located 9.7 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Santa's Workshop at the North Pole
Santa's Village in Wilmington NY
The forerunner of the modern-day amusement park, this children's theme park, and Christmas village has been welcoming visitors since 1949. Located 14.5 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Skyride at the Olympic Jumping Complex
Stand alongside the ramp that ski jumpers launch themselves from before flying over the length of a football field. Explore the site on our 8-person Skyride, a state-of-the-art pulse gondola, followed by a glass-enclosed elevator ending at the observation deck of the K-120 meter jump. Located 2.7 miles from High Peaks Resort.
Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort
inside of the Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort
Visit the Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort for a relaxing day spa experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful!
Stillwaters Guide Service
Terry Watson of Stillwaters Guide Service
Terry Watson of Stillwaters Guide Service is an Adirondack Guide with over 40-years of professional experience guiding Adirondack waters and land. Specializes in lake, river, and ice fishing.
Swimming
Enjoy one of our four pools or take a dip in Mirror Lake.
Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Rides
Dogsled Rides on Mirror Lake
Provides dog sled rides on scenic Mirror Lake through the Adirondack wilderness. Located on Main Street across from the High Peaks Resort.
Whiteface Mountain Ski Center
Skiing Down Whiteface Mountain
With the biggest vertical drop of the eastern ski resorts (3,430 feet), Whiteface, NY, offers 288 skiable acres serviced by 12 lifts, including one gondola. Located 10.1 miles from High Peaks Resort
Toboggan Chute
Toboggan chute in Lake Placid NY
Lake Placid Toboggan Chute
Watercraft
We have complimentary kayaks, pedal boats, and stand-up paddleboards for our hotel guests to use.
Whiteface Club & Resort Golf Course
Fully irrigated in 2005 this historical course is perched on the shores of beautiful Lake Placid offering a challenge on each and every fairway and green. Located 2.7 miles from High Peaks Resort.
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. Located 29.1 miles from High Peaks Resort.
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