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Lake Placid, NY: Adirondogs Welcome

From Great Dane to teacup Pomeranian, Lake Placid is a village of dog lovers - whether we have a furry member of our own family or not! Check out some of our favorite places for well-behaved pups and their proud parents.

woman and her dog at the top of an Adirondack Mountain at cloud level

If you are looking for the perfect dog-friendly vacation, look no further than Lake Placid! Not only do we have pet-friendly restaurants and activities around every corner, but the High Peaks Resort and Lake House are pet-friendly hotels located right on Main Street! Escape to the Adirondacks for an awesome dog-friendly getaway!

Top Things to Do with Your Dog in Lake Placid

Swim, Paddle, or Walk Around Mirror Lake

View of Mirror Lake from shore
Watercraft on Mirror Lake
If you want a great day out with your puppy pal, look no further than Mirror Lake! This beautiful water body is located in the center of town and offers a popular 2.7 mile sidewalk loop around the entire lake.  The southwest shore features a popular dog-friendly beach where pups and people can swim and play together. And, because of its convenient location on Main Street, there are a number of pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor decks within walking distance.  If you prefer to be on the water, this motorless lake is perfect for paddling and rowing. When you stay at Lake House or High Peaks Resort, you have free access to the array of resort amenities including outdoor gear rentals like rowboats, paddleboats, and stand up paddleboards!

Visit John Brown's Farm State Historic Site

Pond Behind John Brown's Farmstead
John Brown's Farm State Historic Site

Getting in a nice walk with your dog is great, but getting in a walk both close to town and worlds away with unique historical significance? That is what lands John Brown's Farm as our top pick for places to bring your puppy off our property. An easy five-minute drive from High Peaks Resort, the homestead and resting place of John Brown is both beautiful and reflective. While dogs are respectfully requested to remain outside the home and gravesite, the self-guided displays telling the story of John Brown's life and the hiking/nature/cross-country ski trail make this a uniquely-special dog-friendly spot year-round.

Explore the Top of Whiteface Mountain 

The Veterans Memorial Highway at Whiteface Mountain is all about picturesque.  Towards the bottom, you will pass through a historic toll house built in 1934 and begin winding your way up the 5 mile road. There are numerous scenic overlooks along the road that you can stop and get out to enjoy the view. As you come to the end of the road, you will arrive at a castle built in 1929. Once you park, head to the top of the fifth-highest point in NY! While dogs are asked to refrain from using the elevator that will bring you straight up the center of the mountain, they are very welcome to scale the Stairway Ridge Trail with their owners - if I can do it in ballet flats and a skirt your faithful friend probably can as well (albeit probably not in ballet flats and a skirt)!

Go Hiking

view from Bloomingdale Bog Trail
Bloomingdale Bog Trail
Whether you're looking for something simple and flat or something quite a bit more difficult, the Adirondacks boast over 2,000 dog-friendly hiking trails. Some of our favorites? The Bloomingdale Bog Trail and the Paul Smith's VIC are the first that come to mind. Looking for a pleasant hike to a swimming hole? How do three ponds on one trail sound? Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds are just what you are looking for! Just remember to review the leash laws for the area you plan to hike. 

Get a Treat from Emma's Lake Placid Creamery

Emma's Lake Placid Creamery on Main Street storefront
Emma's Lake Placid Creamery on Main Street

Maybe it's just me, but in the summer I am genetically programmed to want ice cream. You, too? When you get back into town or come off the water make a stop by Emma's Lake Placid Creamery for a cold and creamy treat and get a doggie dish topped with a crunchy biscuit on top for your very best pal. Who doesn't win in that scenario?

Large breakfast plate with eggs, bacon and toast
Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy the breakfast of your choice at the world-famous Dancing Bears Restaurant for each person each day!

Sunset through a set of wide bay windows
Sunset through a set of wide bay windows