Lake Placid & Adirondacks Activities Guide

Summer Edition

Embark on an unforgettable journey through the Adirondacks with our curated guide to the best activities for June, July, and August. In June, explore the vibrant woods and waters, perfect for enthusiasts of fishing, photography, hiking, and boating. Witness the powerful beauty of cascading waterfalls and the melodies of native birds while the region blooms into a spectacular display of natural splendor. As the summer heats up in July, High Peaks Resort becomes a hub of diverse activities. Enjoy everything from guided nature walks with Ed Kanze to exhilarating aqua aerobics and creative sessions for kids. August offers a serene retreat on the lowland trails, ideal for hiking through tranquil forests and meadows or relaxing by the pristine Mirror Lake. Whether it’s adventure or relaxation you seek, each month presents unique opportunities to experience the majestic Adirondacks at its best.

Landscape of the Adirondack High Peaks


Adirondack Woods & Waters

June is an ideal month to explore the Adirondack woods, catering to a wide range of interests. During this time, the region's waterfalls and streams cascade down the mountainsides with vibrant force, creating a spectacular display of nature's power. The air is filled with the melodious songs of birds, and wildflowers bloom profusely, adding splashes of color to the lush landscape. Even the more frequented spots remain pleasantly uncrowded, offering a sense of solitude and peace. For enthusiasts of fishing, photography, hiking, and boating, the conditions are excellent, making every outdoor activity truly exceptional. Whether you're capturing the perfect photo or paddling through serene waters, June in the Adirondacks is a time of abundant natural beauty and endless adventure possibilities.

Discover the Birds of the Adirondacks

Embark on a serene bird-watching adventure in the heart of the Adirondacks and witness the captivating beauty of our feathered residents. From the haunting calls of the Common Loon, proudly raising its young along the tranquil shores of Mirror Lake, to the majestic Bald Eagles soaring high above the mountain vistas, this region offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature. Explore diverse habitats that are also home to a variety of iconic birds, each adding a note of wild melody to the mountain air. Join us for an unforgettable experience where every glance skyward is rewarded with spectacular avian sights.

Experience the Peak of Summer Golf at High Peaks Resort

June at High Peaks Resort offers the perfect setting for a golf getaway, with sunny days and the lush landscapes of the Adirondack Mountains serving as your backdrop. During this prime golfing season, enjoy the cool mountain breezes and impeccably maintained greens that make each round a pleasure. Our golf package enhances this experience by including daily rounds and cart rentals, allowing you to take full advantage of the weather and our scenic courses. Whether you're challenging yourself on the varied terrains or simply soaking in the panoramic views, August is the ideal time to hit the links at High Peaks Resort. Come for the golf, and stay for the unforgettable summer mountain ambiance.

The Adirondack Rail Trail is a Gateway to Scenic Splendor and Accessibility

Explore the scenic beauty of the Adirondacks on the paved Adirondack Rail Trail, stretching from Lake Placid through Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake. This fully accessible trail invites cyclists, runners, and wheelchair users to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the mountains, offering a smooth journey through breathtaking landscapes. Along the way, the path is lined with panoramic views of dense forests, pristine lakes, and the opportunity to observe diverse wildlife in their natural habitat. Whether you're looking for a vigorous workout, a peaceful stroll, or a picturesque ride, the Adirondack Rail Trail provides a safe, inclusive, and enjoyable experience for all, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts of every ability.


Embrace Summer Adventures at High Peaks Resort

This July and August, High Peaks Resort invites you to dive into a season filled with diverse and exciting activities tailored for all ages. Highlight your stay with guided nature walks led by the renowned naturalist Ed Kanze, who will open your eyes to the enchanting wildlife and plants of the Adirondacks. For those looking for more lively engagement, join in on our aqua aerobics classes in the refreshing waters of our pool, or bring the kids for some creative fun with facepainting sessions. From kayaking across the serene Mirror Lake to relaxing yoga sessions framed by breathtaking mountain views, High Peaks Resort offers a plethora of activities to make your summer unforgettable. Whether you're exploring the natural beauty of the surroundings or enjoying the resort's amenities, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.

Discover the Magic of Butterfly Watching

This season, immerse yourself in the enchanting world of butterfly watching in the Adirondacks, a delightful experience for nature lovers of all ages. Venture to the Butterfly House at the Paul Smiths VIC, where the beauty of breeding monarch butterflies captivates visitors with their graceful dances and vivid colors. The facility offers a unique opportunity to learn about the life cycle of these magnificent creatures and the chance to see various other local species in a picturesque natural setting. Beyond the Butterfly House, the surrounding woodlands and meadows of the Adirondacks are alive with the flutter of butterfly wings, creating a perfect backdrop for peaceful walks and unforgettable photography. Join us for a serene escape into the delicate world of butterflies and discover why this activity has become a must-see for our guests each year.

Cool Off with Thrilling Rafting Adventures

Embark on an exhilarating white-water rafting adventure in the Adirondacks, where the rapids beckon with the promise of thrilling escapades and unforgettable memories. Whether you're a seasoned rafter or a curious beginner, two local favorites—Ausable Chasm and Adirondack Rafting Company—offer exceptional experiences tailored to every skill level. Glide through the dramatic gorges of Ausable Chasm, where stunning rock formations and cascading waters create a spectacular natural playground. Alternatively, join Adirondack Rafting Company for a guided journey down vibrant waterways, where laughter and splashes fill the air as you navigate the lively currents. Both options provide not only the thrill of the adventure but also the beauty of the Adirondack landscapes from a unique, river-level perspective. Gear up for an adventure of a lifetime with either choice and see why rafting here is a perennial favorite.


Explore Serenity on Adirondack Lowland Trails

Discover the serene beauty of the Adirondack Mountains through its lesser-known lowland trails, perfect for those looking to escape the hustle of crowded tourist spots. While the renowned High Peaks often attract a large number of visitors, the lowland trails present a tranquil alternative, allowing you to fully engage with the unspoiled charm of nature. Wander through vibrant forests, expansive meadows, and along the peaceful shores of pristine lakes, each step offering stunning views and encounters with diverse wildlife and plants. These trails are ideal for both experienced hikers in search of new challenges and nature lovers seeking quiet contemplation. Venture off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the hidden wonders of the Adirondack lowland trails, where solitude, natural beauty, and discovery converge.

Dive into Lakefront Fun

Delight in the pristine beauty of Mirror Lake with a stay at High Peaks Resort, where our waterfront activities offer something for everyone. Glide across the calm waters on stand-up paddleboards, explore at your own pace in kayaks, or enjoy a leisurely outing in one of our pedal boats. For those looking to relax and soak in the natural scenery, the clear, tranquil waters of Mirror Lake are perfect for swimming. Located directly on the shores, our resort provides easy access to these watercraft adventures, making it effortless to immerse yourself in the serene environment.

Explore the Wonders of the Wild Center in Tupper Lake

Discover the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, an extraordinary destination where nature's marvels come to life. This family-friendly attraction invites you to experience the Wild Walk—an elevated trail through the treetops that offers a bird’s-eye view of the Adirondacks in all their splendor. After exploring the heights, take the adventure to the water with a rafting trip on the Raquette River, perfect for all ages and experience levels. Glide gently along the river's flow, surrounded by lush forest and the soothing sounds of nature. The Wild Center combines interactive exhibits, engaging outdoor activities, and the beauty of the natural world to create an unforgettable visit. Whether you’re walking among the treetops or paddling the scenic waters, your day at the Wild Center is sure to be filled with awe and wonder.

As you plan your summer, the Adirondacks beckon with an array of captivating activities for each month. From the lush, vibrant trails in June and an array of family-friendly adventures at High Peaks Resort in July, to the tranquility of lowland trails in August, there's a perfect experience waiting for every visitor. Don't miss the chance to make this summer unforgettable with the natural beauty and thrilling adventures of the Adirondacks. Ready to explore? Book your adventure now and dive into the beauty and excitement that awaits you in the heart of the mountains.

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