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11 Activities for a Rainy Lake Placid Day

Wouldn't it be great if every vacation day was filled with sunshine? While there is no controlling the weather, you can rest assured knowing that even rainy days in Lake Placid are filled with fun.

Published: 06/19/2019

Don't let a little rain keep you from making the most of your Adirondack getaway. When bluebird skies are interrupted by sprinkles or showers in Lake Placid, turn your attention to these eleven rainy day activities!

Rainy Day Activities in Lake Placid

1. Visit the Olympic Museum

Home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid has a rich history to discover. Visit the Olympic Museum to learn how being a two-time host of the Winter Olympics has shaped the small mountain town, and enjoy looking through decades of incredible memorabilia. Expand your learning experience by taking a guided tour of the Olympic Center, home to the hockey arena where the United States men's hockey team defeated the Soviets during the 1980 Miracle on Ice match. To learn more about Lake Placid's unique past, check out the Historical Society Museum, located in the former train station on Station Street.

2. Catch a Movie

When was the last time you went to the movies for less than $10? The Palace Theater, located on Main Street, has been entertaining audiences on rainy days for decades. The elaborate décor and old-school feel will transport you to a time when a day at the movies was a big treat – and it only costs $7! While they mainly show new releases, the theater does host throwback nights as well, showing the most popular films from their many years past. Grab a bucket of popcorn and your favorite movie candy before you settle in to enjoy the show.

3. Stay Zen

If you've come to the mountains to relax, don't let a little rain stand in your way. Stop by one of Lake Placid's yoga studios and join a class as a guest. With options ranging from hot yoga to Vinyasa Flow, the skilled teachers at Yoga Tree, Hot Yoga Lake Placid, and Mim Yoga will challenge your body while helping you clear your mind. Rain or shine, enjoy yoga on the shores of Mirror Lake for the discounted price of $10 for guests of High Peaks Resort!

4. Check Out a Book

Located on Main Street, the Lake Placid Public Library is a great place to adventure between the pages of a good book. Curl up in a window seat overlooking Mirror Lake and let your imagination run wild. With multiple levels to explore, and a picturesque lawn leading down to the water's edge, hours will go by without you even realizing it. If you have children with you, stay for story time, take part in fun programming, or make a craft to take home as a souvenir.

5. Experience Climbing

The Adirondacks offers some of the Northeast's most unique and challenging outdoor rock climbing, but rain can make conditions dangerous and unpleasant. Luckily, it's also a sport with a rainy day option! Whether it be your first rock climbing experience or your hundredth, experience Adirondack climbing indoors at a local gym. The Climbery at High Peaks Cyclery offers routes perfect for beginners, and more experienced climbers are welcome to hone their skills by setting their own routes to practice!

6. Appreciate the Arts

The Adirondacks' stunning scenery is a natural muse for local artists. Nature-inspired paintings, photographs, sculptures and more fill multiple art galleries in Lake Placid. Start your tour of the arts in the lobby of High Peaks Resort, where a new local artist is featured every season. Next, stop by Gallery 46 on Main Street and browse a wide variety of gift and souvenir-worthy pieces. Finish your rounds at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Gallery, which features work by some of the region's most distinguished artists alongside national exhibits.

7. Just Bead It

Channel your own artistic inspiration into making a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of beaded jewelry or décor. Bring your friends and family and make it a full beading party, complete with friendship bracelets. Or, pick out all the supplies you need for your dream piece and head back to High Peaks Resort to bead in the comfort of your own hotel room. With an expansive selection of beads from around the world, you never know what treasure you will find.

8. Pamper Yourself

While it's tempting to pack your vacation with non-stop action, make sure you slow down and take some time to relax at The Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort. With a full suite of services, ranging from manicures and pedicures to specialized body treatments, you'll be glad you prioritized yourself for a change. And, since many of their products are sourced locally, you can rest assured you are still enjoying an authentic Adirondack experience.

9. Embrace the Rain

Adventuring in the rain might not be your first pick, but it's still a good time! Instead of giving up on the outdoors, just adjust your plans. While towering summit views will be limited, there are plenty of lower elevation trails below the cloud cover that will take you to backcountry lakes or waterfalls instead of mountaintops. If you have all the proper rain gear and are willing to brave a bit of mud, you can also enjoy fishing, mountain biking, or, so long as there is no thunder or lightning on the radar, a misty paddle! If you're game but missing the gear, stop by a local outfitter to pick up the essentials.

10. Stroll Main Street

Pop open your umbrellas and hit the town. Lake Placid's Main Street is lined with local boutiques and name-brand outlets perfect for browsing on a rainy day. Shop Adirondack-inspired antiques, cabin-ready home goods, and gift-worthy souvenirs. You'll get so lost searching the shelves, you'll completely forget about the weather outside!

11. Maximize Hotel Time

Part of any getaway is enjoying the place where you stay! When you stay at High Peaks Resort or either of its sister properties, the Lake House or the Waterfront Collection, you will have no shortage of hotel fun to keep you busy until the rain clears. Enjoy a snack and a cocktail on Fridays and Saturdays beside a roaring fire at The Bar in the Lake House Great Room, and keep an eye on the weather from the expansive front window overlooking the lake. Relax poolside at the indoor pool, or gather your friends and family for a delicious meal at Dancing Bears Restaurant. Get in your workout at the Fitness Center, or keep the kids occupied for hours in the Game Room. No matter which property you stay at, you can enjoy the amenities of all three properties! You might even find yourself hoping for a rainy day.

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