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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
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
The quiet horse-drawn sleigh ride offers mountain views and starry night skies that will be an unforgettable experience.
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
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 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 Theatre
Golf
Signature Golf Courses with a Historic Past
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
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
Guide service with three decades of experience with specially designed adventures that include hands-on instruction and loads of fun.
Hiking in the Adirondacks
Adirondack Hiking Guide for All Experience Levels
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
Adirondack Riverwalking
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
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
​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.
Swimming
People Jumping into the Lake
Enjoy one of our four pools or take a dip in a local lake.
Terry Watson, Stillwaters Guide Service
Adirondack Guide with over 40-years professional experience guiding Adirondack waters and land.
Toboggan Chute
Lake Placid Toboggan Chute
Watercraft
Girl in a Canoe
Kayaks, Pedal Boats and Stand Up Paddleboards
White Water 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.
Ziplining
Experience Outdoors
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.
Rustic Furniture Fair | 9/8-9
Admirers come from all over the world to browse work by the region's most popular artists and artisans.
Antiques Show and Sale | 9/15
Browse rare books, vintage boats, historical fine art, furniture and much more. Whether you've got an appreciation for all things historic or an avid aficionado this is one Antique show you don't want to miss.
Oktoberfest | 9/22-23
Every October, we dust off our lederhosen, fire up the oompah band and enjoy a tall mug of German beer at the Whiteface Mountain Oktoberfest. Mark your calendars for the weekend-long, Bavarian-style celebration with authentic music, dancing, food and beer—rated one of the 5 Must-Visit Oktoberfests in North America by SKI Magazine!
Flaming Leaves Festival | 10/6-7
Come out to the Olympic Jumping Complex for the annual two-day celebration of Fall. Bring the whole family–there's plenty for you to enjoy. North America's top ski jumpers compete, soaring through the air while on the ground below live Blues bands play and barbecue chefs grill up ribs and burgers. Play the day away with various lawns games and check out the craft vendors.
Lake Placid Classic Marathon and 10K | 10/6
The Lake Placid Classic is a friendly running event that takes participants through the beautiful village of Lake Placid during the spectacular early fall season. The starting line oozes with excitement, energetic music and plenty of pre-race activities to warm you up for your run. Once you cross the finish line enjoy music, food, and comparing race stories with new friends! This is a wonderful event the entire family can enjoy and a great reason for a fall weekend vacation in the Adirondacks.
Holiday Stroll | 12/7-9
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 | 2/1-4
A multi-day sports event hosted in Lake Placid, New York, from February 1 - February 4. In its 38th year, the Games will bring together athletes from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events.
Saranac Lake Winter Carnival | 2/1-10
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 | 3/22-23
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.
Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp | 3/31-4/4
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.
Easter Brunch | 4/21
Easter has arrived. Join us for live entertainment, Easter egg decorating and a stunning springtime brunch.
Lake Placid Marathon/Half Marathon | 6/9
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 | 6/29
Since 1983, athletes have descended on Tupper Lake to kick off their racing season on the Tupper Lake Tinman's picturesque Adirondack mountain course.
Ironman Lake Placid | 7/28
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 | 8/2-4
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.
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