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Insider’s Guide to a Lake Placid Vacation

Planning a trip to Lake Placid is so exciting. There are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation in the surrounding region, and nearby towns are full of unique shops, restaurants, and experiences. 

With so much to choose from in Lake Placid, it can be hard to decide what to put on your itinerary. While extending your stay to fit in more unbeatable days is one option, we've also created an insider's guide of Lake Placid summer activities to help you fill your days with the best Adirondack adventures out there.

As you prepare your bags for your upcoming trip to High Peaks Resort, pack with the following activities in mind:

Family-friendly Hiking

Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor experiences in the Adirondacks. Step up to the challenge and hike one of the Saranac 6ers or Lake Placid 9ers. These smaller mountains surrounding Lake Placid and Saranac Lake are perfect for beginner hikers. They offer great views and are generally short enough that they won't take up your whole day. Unlike the towering mountains of the High Peaks Region that loom at over 4,000 feet, these beauties keep it to the 2,000 – 3,000 foot range. Start with Cobble Hill, which you can see from High Peaks Resort, or combine hiking Mt. Van Hoevenberg with a visit to the Olympic Biathlon Range. For a flatter experience, enjoy a family-friendly hike through beautiful forests.

Get Wild

Known for its pristine wilderness, the Adirondacks is the perfect place to learn more about the natural landscapes and wildlife around you. Spend a day at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, an indoor/outdoor natural science museum where you can learn how time shaped the Adirondacks, what thrives here today, and what species need our help. The Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) offers the opportunity for both education and immersion. Browse the informative displays and take a walk on their groomed trails. See wildlife up close at the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge in Wilmington. Wolves, coyotes, foxes, bears, a wide variety of birds of prey, and more call the refuge home. Some are there to recover from an injury before being released back into the wild, while others live there permanently because they can't survive on their own.

Relax Completely

There are lots of ways to relax when you visit High Peaks Resort. Lounge by the pool, partake in yoga by the lake, or simply snooze in a comfortable bed. There are nearby spas where you can enjoy traditional or specialty massages and body treatments, and cozy coffee shops perfect for sipping a brew and reading a book. For one of the most unique forms of relaxation, experience sound healing. Offered by Andrea Lisette Villiere at her Sacred Sounds studio outside Saranac Lake, sound healing is like a massage for your ears. Lay back, close your eyes, and get carried away by the soothing sounds of a singing bowl, chimes, and other mind-clearing noisemakers.

Take a Paddle

Canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all fun ways of engaging with the outdoors. The Adirondacks is full of pristine lakes, rivers, and streams to explore, one of which is right outside your door when you stay in the Waterfront Collection. Mirror Lake is the heart of Lake Placid, and a fun way to enjoy some time in the sun without leaving the convenience of downtown. If you don't have a boat of your own, enjoy complimentary equipment from High Peaks Resort and explore Mirror Lake to your heart's content. Paddling at some lesser-known spots is a great way to experience the Adirondack outdoors like a local and see wildlife in its natural habitat!

Explore Nearby Attractions

Despite being surrounded by nature, Lake Placid is very close to incredible family attractions! Make a day trip to Ausable Chasm, best described as a natural amusement park. Balance on thin wires above rushing water in the chasm below when you brave their high ropes course. Fly down those same rapids in a white water raft or rappel off rugged cliffs. It's non-stop fun for the whole family, and an experience you will never forget. Another memorable way to spend the day is zip lining at Experience Outdoors. Enjoy a unique view of Adirondack forests by whizzing through the treetops. Located just outside Lake Placid, it's a fun add-on to any day.

Embrace Local Culture

Nature is inspiring, so it's no surprise that the communities of the Adirondacks are home to many talented musicians, craftspeople, and artists. See their work for yourself by strolling the streets of Lake Placid and visiting a local art gallery. At Gallery 46, find extraordinary paintings, photographs, pieces of pottery, and more created by local artisans. You may even find works by the same artists in the gallery's outpost, located in the lobby of High Peaks Resort! Throughout the summer, choose a spot on the lawn in Mid's Park and enjoy Songs At Mirror Lake, a concert series featuring local, regional, and national acts. Lovers of the fine arts will enjoy a night at The Sinfionetta, the Orchestra of the Adirondacks, or a performance at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Sit Back with a Drink

Good food and craft beverages are a staple of the Lake Placid experience. On a warm summer day or night, enjoy drinks on The Deck, High Peaks Resort's terrace dining with stunning views of Mirror Lake and the surrounding mountains. Our creative bartenders, fondly known by locals as the "stars behind the bars," will gladly mix you up an artisanal cocktail. Enjoy a refreshing local beer or a glass of fine wine as you watch the sunset and the stars rise. Dig into a full dinner or share some warm fondue to satisfy your appetite, too. It's a wonderful way to end any adventurous day.

As you plan your Lake Placid vacation, keep in mind that these are only some of the experiences you can have and share when you stay at High Peaks Resort. It's a vacation you can make all your own, with as much exploration or relaxation as you please. There is no one way to vacation in the Adirondacks. Discover your perfect Lake Placid getaway this summer!