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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.

The Adirondack Experience
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.
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.
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
Adirondack wolf at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
A refuge and rehabilitation center for injured Adirondack wildlife with educational animal exhibits and one-mile hiking trail.
Ausable Chasm
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
Cascade 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.
Dogsled Rides
Dogsled Rides on Mirror Lake
Dogsled Rides on Mirror Lake
Downhill Skiing
Skiing Down Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
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.
First Run Movies
Lake Placid Palace Theater exterior
Lake Placid Palace Theatre
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.
High Peaks Cyclery
exterior of High Peaks Cyclery
The original multisport store in Lake Placid. Check out our selection of cycling, triathlon, running, skiing, hiking, climbing, paddling gear and more!
High Peaks Mountain Guides
people ice climbing near Lake Placid
Guide service with three decades of experience with specially designed adventures that include hands-on instruction and loads of fun.
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.
Horseback Riding
Two Women on Horseback
Emerald Springs Ranch
Ice Skating
Woman lacing up ice skates.
Skate Historic Ice
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, picnic area and cross-country skiing.
Just Bead It
beaded jewelry
No matter the weather, making your own one of a kind jewelry is a great day to decompress.
Lake Placid Boating and Boat Tours
A Family Waterskiing
Lake Placid Marina and Boat Tours
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
performers at Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Performing and Visual Arts
Mountain Biking
people 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
group of hockey players on ice in Lake Placid
Gold Medal Games
Olympic Museum
Olympic memorabilia at Lake Placid Olympic Museum
Olympic History Museum
Olympic Sites & Activities
hockey game in Lake Placid at Herb Brooks Arena
Whiteface Mountain, Herb Brooks Arena, Olympic Sports Complex, Olympic Ski Jumps, and more.
Adirondack Riverwalking
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.
Santa's Village
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.
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.
Sacred Sounds
Sacred Sounds
​Sound healing is one of the oldest and most natural forms of healing known to man. ​It uses the power of sound to restore one’s mind, body, and spirit back to a state of balance. The harmonic vibrations from the instruments have a deep penetrating effect on the receiver, promoting healing and well-being.
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!
People Jumping into Mirror Lake
Enjoy one of our four pools or take a dip in a local lake.
Terry Watson, Stillwaters Guide Service
Terry Watson of Stillwaters Guide Service
Adirondack Guide with over 40-years professional experience guiding Adirondack waters and land.
Toboggan Chute
Toboggan chute in Lake Placid NY
Lake Placid Toboggan Chute
Girl in a Canoe
Kayaks, Pedal Boats and Stand Up Paddleboards
White Water Rafting
group of people whitewater rafting
Adirondack Rafting Co.
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.
Zipling in the Adirondacks
Experience Outdoors
Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll
Holiday Stroll in Lake Placid
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.
Empire State Winter Games
snowboarder catching some air
A multi-day youth and adolescent sports event hosted in Lake Placid, New York. The Winer Games bring together athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events.
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival
Saranac Lake Ice Palace
The longest-running event of its kind in the eastern U.S. Since 1897, it has grown into a 10-day festival that includes sports, performances, two parades, three sets of spectacular fireworks, and one very big ice palace.
ECAC Men's Ice Hockey Championships
college hockey player
If you like the excitement and fast action of hockey, there is no place better to see it than Lake Placid, New York--the Winter Sports Capital of the World! Come see the best in the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Schools from the Eastern College Athletic Conference compete for the ECAC championship title.
Taste of Maple
maple syrup and wooden spoon
During Maple Weekend maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience firsthand how pure, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup and purchase maple products.
Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp
Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp hockey players
Join players from the gold medal winning 1980 USA Hockey Team and participate in the fourth annual Miracle On Ice Fantasy Camp in wondrous and magnificent Lake Placid, host city of those historic 1980 Winter Games. Connect with the greatest sports moment of all time. Enjoy the competition. Meet and get to know players from that greatest of all teams in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that is Lake Placid. Skate in the 1980 Rink - Herb Brooks Arena at the Lake Placid Olympic Center where we beat the Russians and shocked the sports and political world.
Eat ADK Restaurant Week
people eating at Dancing Bears Restaurant
The Adirondacks' premiere celebration of restaurants throughout Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, & Tupper Lake offering special prix fixe menus with pricing options of $15, $20, & $30.
Lake Placid Marathon/Half Marathon
runners participating in half marathon in Lake Placid
Join the fun and challenge yourself in the scenic Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon. The course runs through the village of Lake Placid and through the scenic River Road, along the Ausable River. Both races finish in the famed Olympic speed skating oval.
Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon
bikers in Tinman Triathlon
Since 1983, athletes have descended on Tupper Lake to kick off their racing season on the Tupper Lake Tinman's picturesque Adirondack mountain course.
Fourth of July
girl running with American flag
In Lake Placid, the Fourth of July is celebrated all day long and into the evening! Join us for the annual Lake Placid Fourth of July Parade, live entertainment and fireworks over Mirror Lake!
I Love BBQ & Music Festival
girl eating a watermelon slice
This annual event attracts the best BBQ competitors in the country and continues to grow in popularity year after year. The tasty event days are filled with sampling opportunities, food and beverage concessions, children's activities, live entertainment, and more!
Ironman Lake Placid
Ironman finish line
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
Can-Am rugby tournament
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.
Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid
Ironman swimmers
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 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid will offer qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.
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