Lake Placid and the Adirondacks are a paradise for outdoor activities all year round. The many clear, deep lakes, the millions of acres of wilderness, the 46 High Peaks over 4,000 feet, the fast-running mountain streams filled with fish and the trails wandering through it all supply endless possibilities. The Village of Lake Placid has wonderful shopping, dining and theatre, as well as the tremendous sports infrastructure built for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Click here for a great listing of all the dining options in Lake Placid. Our concierge guest services coordinator will gladly give advice and secure reservations for anything you wish to do. Lake Placid attractions and local excursions are world-renowned.
Olympic Ice Skating
Skate on the outdoor Olympic Skating Oval where Eric Heiden won a record five gold medals in the 1980 Olympic Games. The Oval is open to the public in the afternoon and evening.
Olympic Ski Jumping Complex
The breathtaking, sky-high ski jumps mark the entrance to the village of Lake Placid. The Jumping Complex hosts Nordic and freestyle jumping, training and competitions. Ride the chairlift and glass elevator to the Sky Deck at the top of the 120-meter jump tower.
Olympic Center and Museum
In 1980, “The Miracle on Ice” – when the United States Hockey Team beat the seemingly invincible Soviet Union and went on to win the Olympic gold medal – happened right here at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. Today the Center has four operational rinks for hockey, speed skating and figure skating. The Olympic Museum displays equipment used by some of the world’s greatest athletes.
Olympic Bobsled Rides
A professional driver and brakeman can take you down the country’s only Olympic Bobsled Track in both summer and winter, starting at the half-mile mark and flying through the world-famous zigzag turns.
Take the eight-passenger Cloud Splitter Gondola on a fifteen minute ride from the base to the top of Little Whiteface. The observation deck at 3,676 feet overlooks the Ausable River and the High Peaks.
Whiteface Memorial Highway
The eight-mile-long Whiteface Memorial Highway ascends to a point 700 feet from the summit of Whiteface Mountain, the highest elevation of any road in New York State. Climb or ride the elevator to the summit with an elevation of 4,867 feet where there are breathtaking views of Canada, Vermont and the High Peaks. Road closed in winter.
Scenic Aerial Flights
Adirondack Flying Service offers breathtaking aerial tours over the High Peaks from the Lake Placid Airport.
Ausable Chasm is a spectacular gorge cut into Potsdam sandstone along the Ausable River, 20 to 50 feet wide and 100 to 150 feet deep. Massive stone formations, waterfalls, and caves can be appreciated through a combination walking tour and boat ride.
High Falls Gorge
The Ausable River rushes over pink granite through the High Falls Gorge, 700 feet of cascading waterfall in all. Walkways and viewing platforms are available.
Museums and Historical Sites
Visitors Interpretive Center
The Visitors Interpretive Center has a wealth of Adirondack information for travelers, as well as nature trails, cross country skiing, environmental exhibits and educational films.
The Wild Center
The Wild Center is an outstanding natural history museum and is well worth a visit. It sits on 31 acres in Tupper Lake and features live exhibits with more than 900 animals, panoramas, theatre and walking trails.
A regional museum of history and art described by The New York Times as the best of its kind in the world. Twenty-two buildings in the pretty town of Blue Mountain Lake hold art exhibits and historical artifacts of early Adirondack life.
John Brown Farm
The John Brown Farm is the home and gravesite of the famous abolitionist. The restored 19th century farmhouse with period furnishing is a state historical site open from May to October. The grounds are open year-round, and the half-mile John Brown Trail winds through a meadow that is home to 90 species of wildflowers.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Return to the golden age of rail travel and delight in the Lake Placid-Saranac Lake small gauge railroad experience that offers spectacular views of the dense wilderness and rugged High Peaks. It is also a welcome alternative to driving when you fancy a day of shopping in these colorful hamlets. Open from Memorial Day to mid-October, three round-trip excursions a day are available on weekends in the spring and Wednesday through Sunday in summer and fall.
Adirondack Loj Museum and Nature Trail
This is an Adirondack nature museum with mineral, butterfly, bird, beaver and terrarium exhibits.
Seminars and lectures are also open to the public.
This historic site on the edge of Lake Champlain was home to war-weary men from the French and Indian through the Revolutionary Wars. On May 10, 1775, Benedict Arnold and Ethan Allen captured it from the British. As many as 10,000 soldiers occupied the fort by 1776. Today, the meticulously restored and maintained stone fortress with an elaborate English garden (the King’s Garden) and a mansion hosts a weekly series of commemorations, celebrations, and historical reenactments.
Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society
Within the restored old Penn Central railroad station, a collection of artifacts and memorabilia recounts the history of Lake Placid, including an exhibition on the 1932 Winter Olympics.
Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage
This cottage is the house where the writer lived and worked while recuperating from tuberculosis. (An additional collection of Stevenson’s work can be found at the Saranac Lake Library).
Sagamore Great Camp
A guided walking tour of the 29 buildings and grounds of the Durant/Vanderbilt family complex follows a slide presentation on historic Great Camps.
White Pine Camp
Built in 1907, White Pine Camp sits on 35 acres of majestic pines and wetlands with 3,900 feet of shoreline on beautiful, secluded Osgood Pond. Unique among the grand, rustic estates of the Adirondacks, it served as the summer White House for President Calvin Coolidge in 1926.
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
The Center hosts gallery exhibitions, film, theater, concerts and the Adirondack North Country Craft Center.
Lake Placid Sinfonietta
For eight weeks on Sunday evenings in July and August, excellent musicians from Chamber groups to full orchestras and opera singers perform at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts
This Center hosts concerts, films, theater, lectures and exhibitions throughout the Adirondacks.