Lake Placid Attractions
Lake Placid Attractions Near our Lakeside Lodge
Lake Placid and the Adirondacks are a paradise for outdoor activities throughout the year. With an abundance of clear, deep lakes, millions of acres of majestic wilderness and mountain streams brimming with fish offer endless ways to experience the beauty of the North Woods. In addition to outdoor activities, the Village of Lake Placid has wonderful shopping, dining and theatre, as well as the tremendous sports infrastructure built for the 1980 Winter Olympics. Our concierge is happy to offer suggestions and secure reservations for popular Lake Placid attractions or anything else you wish to do.
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Olympic Center and Museum
Perhaps most famous for “The Miracle on Ice” in 1980 when the United States Hockey Team won the gold medal over the Soviet Union, the Olympic Center is now home to the Olympic Museum as well as four operational rinks for hockey, speed skating, and figure skating.
Olympic Bobsled Rides
Ride with a professional driver and brakeman down one of America's only Olympic bobsled track in the summer and winter. Start at the half-mile and ride the famous Zigzag turn. Please see Guest Services for times and schedules.
Take the eight-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola from the base to the top of Little Whiteface. This 15-minute ride takes you up to 3,676 feet to an observation deck with incredible views of the Ausable River and Adirondack High Peaks.
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.
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 4,867-foot summit where you can take in breathtaking views of Canada, Vermont and the High Peaks. Please note that the road is closed in winter.
Scenic Aerial Flights
Adirondack Flying Service offers exhilarating aerial tours over the High Peaks from 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, creating a 700-foot cascading waterfall. Walkways and viewing platforms are available.
Museums & Historical Sites
In addition to the ample outdoor activities in Adirondack Park, there are numerous things to do in Lake Place that explore the village's cultural site. Discover notable museums, performing arts centers and historic areas that offer guests the opportunity to see a different side of our famous locale.
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 New York Times called it "stunning". The Wild Center, including the brand new Wild Walk, with its elevated trail across the treetops, is an all-day attraction. It includes 81-acres of outdoors, a 54,000-square-foot museum with movies and live animals, guided canoe paddles, and hands on everything. Highly rated for all ages.
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 Adirondack nature museum showcases 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 features an elaborate English garden (the King's Garden) and a mansion that hosts a weekly series of commemorations, celebrations, and historical reenactments.
Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society
A collection of artifacts and memorabilia housed within the restored old Penn Central railroad station 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 the beautiful and 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 and concert performances as well as 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.