Discover Lake Placid

Embrace Everything Lake Placid Has to Offer

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.

Seasonal Activities + Regional 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 Anglers

Adirondack Anglers provides expert-guided fishing adventures across Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Ausable River, and hidden ponds in the Adirondacks, ensuring unforgettable experiences with their knowledgeable and passionate staff.

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Aerial view of the cascade lakes near High Peaks Resort

Adirondack Aviation Academy

Adirondack Aviation Academy is a premier flight school offering flight instruction, pilot certifications, and scenic flights. Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Adirondack Aviation Academy provides a truly unique experience for all ages and abilities.

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The pond at the Museum at Blue Mountain Lake near High Peaks Resort

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. 

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Comfy sofas in ADK Foot Sanctuary at High Peaks Resort

Adirondack Foot Sanctuary

A sanctuary for your soul and your soles! Adirondack Foot Sanctuary provides an intimate gathering and cozy relaxation space where you can indulge, relax, and renew. The sanctuary specializes in foot soaks and lower leg and foot massage.

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Man playing golf at Whiteface Club near High Peaks Resort

Adirondack Golf

Craig Wood Golf Course offers a challenging round of golf in a spectacular setting.

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A group of rafters on white water near High Peaks Resort

Adirondack Rafting Company

Whitewater rafting in the Hudson River Gorge is one of the top-rated paddling trips in the United States. This wet and wild full day rafting adventure (lunch included) will take your paddling crew through more than 15 miles of scenic Adirondack whitewater in the middle of the largest protected wilderness area in New York.

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Group of hikers in a river at Adirondack near High Peaks Resort

Adirondack Riverwalking

Explore nature through unique, guided sensory experiences like riverwalking, forest bathing, lake & forest walking, and winter forest bathing. 

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View of Adirondack from a scenic flight near High Peaks Resort

Adirondack Scenic Flights

The day awaits you to explore the Adirondacks by air! Each scenic flight is a totally unique Lake Placid attraction in itself. 

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Group on a Sleigh ride, Country Dreams farm near High Peaks Resort

Adirondack Sleigh Rides

The quiet horse-drawn sleigh ride offers mountain views and starry night skies that will be an unforgettable experience. 

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View of the canyon of Ausable Chasm near High Peaks Resort

Ausable Chasm

Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks; encompasses nature trails, scenic views, rafting, tubing, camping, and snowshoeing.

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Bike Lake Placid

Explore the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake, perfect for biking, hiking, and enjoying nature. At Bike Lake Placid, rent traditional or e-bikes, and enjoy amenities like picnic tables, fire pits, and more for a complete adventure experience.

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Close-up of a male Purple Finch on a tree branch at High Peaks Resort


The cast of birding characters in any location in the Adirondacks changes – sometimes gradually, sometimes abruptly – with the march of the seasons.

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Bobsleighing at Lake Placid Bobsled near High Peaks Resort

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. 

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A female skier at Cross country ski center near High Peaks Resort

Cascade Cross-Country 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

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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. 

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Man skiing on Cunningham's Ski Barn near High Peaks Resort

Cunningham's Ski Barn

Cunningham's Ski Barn, the oldest ski shop in North America, has a rich history dating back to 1909. For High Peaks Resort guests, there's a special treat – a 10% discount on ski rentals at Cunningham's Ski Barn when you show your room key. Enjoy the slopes and the Adirondacks with this exclusive offer!

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A girl doing Street Luge on a road near 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. 

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Headshot of a guide at Adirondack near High Peaks Resort

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. 

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People traversing the ropes course at ADK near High Peaks Resort

Experience Outdoors

Experience Outdoors offers a multitude of guided services and is the home of a zipline, high ropes, and archery course. A 10-minute drive from Main St. in Lake Placid, their facility is full of spectacular views, and experiences you will harness for a lifetime. Book online or over the phone for a guaranteed experience.

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Wide shot of the High Falls Gorge near High Peaks Resort

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.

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The exterior of High Peaks Cyclery near High Peaks Resort

High Peaks Cyclery

High Peaks Cyclery, a bike shop and sister business High Peaks Mountain Guides, offer comprehensive outdoor experiences for visitors to Lake Placid, NY, with a commitment to sustainability and responsible recreation.

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Exterior view of the John Brown Farm State near High Peaks Resort

John Brown Farm State Historic Site

A state historic site at the home and final resting place of abolitionist John Brown. 

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John Dillon Park

Escape to the inclusive wilderness of John Dillon Park in Long Lake, NY, where accessible trails, tranquil lakes, and a commitment to environmental stewardship converge to offer a unique and immersive outdoor experience for all.

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Just Bead It

Just Bead It is a thriving bead shop in Lake Placid, NY, that offers a vast selection of high-quality beads, supplies, and accessories for jewelry makers, as well as a welcoming community of beading enthusiasts.

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Lake Placid 9er

Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a passionate explorer, the Lake Placid 9er is the perfect opportunity to push your limits and experience the unparalleled beauty of New York's wilderness.

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Performers at Lake Placid Center for the Arts near High Peaks Resort

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. 

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View of the Lake Placid Palace Theatre near High Peaks Resort

Lake Placid Palace Theatre

A locally owned vintage theater showing 1st-run movies on 4 screens in a circa-1926 building.

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Barnum Brook trail at the Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center near High Peaks Resort

Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center

The Paul Smiths Visitors Interpretive Center (VIC) is a nature center nestled in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Boasting an extensive trail network, the center offers visitors of all skill levels the opportunity to explore the region's natural beauty and diverse wildlife.

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Entrance with a sign board of Rulfs Orchard near High Peaks

Rulf's Orchard

Experience the essence of community and local flavors at Rulf's Orchard in Peru, NY. Discover u-pick apple adventures amidst sun-kissed trees and savor homemade cider donuts, all while embracing the North Country's vibrant spirit.

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Sail Adirondacks

Experience the unique charm of the Adirondacks with SAIL ADKs' crewed sailboat charters, available at the tranquil Saranac Lake and the majestic Lake Champlain. Their fleet of classic sailboats offers an interactive and unforgettable sailing journey, whether mastering mountain lakes or exploring the open waters of Lake Champlain.

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Saddles at Santa's workshop at the North Pole near High Peak Resort

Santa's Workshop at the North Pole

The forerunner of the modern-day amusement park, this children's theme park, and Christmas village has been welcoming visitors since 1949. 

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Lady going to have Sky rides at the Olympic Jumping Complex near 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. 

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A musher with dog sled at Thunder Mountain near High Peaks Resort

Thunder Mountain Dog Sled Rides

Provides dog sled rides on scenic Mirror Lake through the Adirondack wilderness. Located on Main Street across from the High Peaks Resort.

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Close-up of 3 kids on Toboggan Chutes near High Peaks Resort

Toboggan Chute

The Lake Placid Toboggan Chute, located on Parkside Drive, adjacent to the Post Office, has been in operation since the 1960's. 

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Aerial view of the Whiteface Club & Golf Course at High Peaks Resort

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. 

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Whiteface Club & Resort Nordic Center

The center offers miles of groomed trails that wind through the beautiful and pristine wilderness of the Adirondacks.

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A man skiing on Whiteface Mountain near High Peaks Resort

Whiteface Mountain Ski Center

With 85 trails, 3,166 vertical feet of skiing, and 5 high-speed lifts, Whiteface Mountain Ski Center offers a variety of terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

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A couple taking photographs in Whiteface Mountain near High Peaks Resort

Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway

The Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway offers a breathtaking and unforgettable experience, taking visitors on a scenic drive to the fifth-highest peak in New York state and providing them with panoramic views of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains from the summit.

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The Wild Walks Birds Nest at the Wild Center near High Peak Resort

Wild Center

Where the wilderness comes alive." A natural history museum dedicated to the Adirondack Preserve and the rare relationship between the park and its communities. 

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People skiing at Whiteface Mountain near High Peaks Resort

Winter Recreation

Traversing the two-mile Mirror Lake Skating loop on ice skates makes for a great way to stay warm on a chilly winter's day. If you'd like to venture even further from town, Lake Placid boasts numerous woodland snowshoe and cross-country ski trails, and complimentary snowshoes can be borrowed from the High Peaks Resort Guest Services desk. However, you make our High Peaks your own, you're sure to warm up in front of a crackling fire with a hot chocolate or a Hot Toddy at Dancing Bears Restaurant. 

A group of people enjoying paddle boarding on the water near High Peaks Resort

Summer Recreation

Mirror Lake is a spectacular natural wonder to take in during a visit to Lake Placid year-round, so naturally, playing on Mirror Lake is heralded by guests as a must during a stay at High Peaks Resort. In the summer, use our complimentary paddling equipment, including kayaks, rowboats, stand-up paddleboards, and paddleboats to glide along its calm surface as the sun comes up, or paddle off into the sunset after a day of Adirondack adventures. Stay in the Waterfront Collection and step right outside onto the lake or enjoy the view from your private balcony. 

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Complimentary Yoga

Enjoy a complimentary 1-hour vinyasa flow class Saturdays this winter at 8 AM. Start your winter weekend with a warm vinyasa flow to warm up the body, mind and heart.  Wake up not only your physical body with an energetic flow to the themed playlist, but find your higher Self as you practice patience and surrender to stillness.  We end with a rewarding Savasana that will leave you with a genuine peaceful feeling to take with you throughout the rest of your stay.

*Please Note: Due to safety concerns, our boats and SUPs are only available for use if the water temperature in Mirror Lake is above 60 degrees. Therefore, our water equipment is typically available from mid-June until early October. Please contact us or see the front desk with any questions regarding availability.