Lake Placid Travel Guide

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    View from Olympic Ski jumps
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    Building the ice castle
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Lake Placid Highlights

  • Pro
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     Mountains,lakes,rivers,fantastic fall foliage 

  • Con
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     Expensive and a bit touristy 

  • In a nutshell
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     Great place for a romantic weekend for outdoor lover or Winter Games enthousiasts! 

Lake Placid Things to Do

  • Adventures in Lake Placid

    Living just fifteen minutes from Lake Placid for the past eighteen years has given me great appreciation for its beauty and everything it has to offer. Growing up spending days playing outdoors and exploring the wilderness, has made Lake Placid one of my favorite places in the world. Surrounded by lakes and rivers that flow through its towering...

  • Swim in a mountain lake!

    On a hot summer day there is nothing better than cooling off in a mountain lake. One of the easiest areas to access not far outside Lake Placid is Cascade Lakes Day Use Area. They are two long and narrow lakes near the base of Cascade Mountain, one of the fame 46'ers. There is a patch of land that separates the two lakes and several picnic tables....

  • Olympic Jumping Complex

    Just outside of Lake Placid is the Olympic Jumping Complex. Most people pass these on their way into Lake Placid. An interesting site and they are open for tours during the summer.There is a fee to take the elevator to the top and the tour. It is $11.00 if there is no event going on at the complex.Hours: Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. May 1 - June 17...

  • The Olympic Torch

    The opening ceremony for the 1980 Winter Olympic games was held at the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds. At the location a tower was erected to hold the Olympic flame. A nice little side trip if you like Olympic history.

  • Ski Jumping Complex

    Take a ski lift and then an elevator to the top of the Olympic ski jumps! I really enjoyed this more than I expected! The views are spectactular and you can stand right where the ski jumpers are before they make their jump! An added bonus when we were visiting, was that there were some atheletes training and we were able to watch them! I had never...

  • Horseback Riding

    My family and I took a ride with the Adirondack Equine Center while visiting Lake Placid last week. It was fantastic. They start the ride right in town along Mirror Lake and some pretty amazing views. I couldn't believe how well the horses looked and behaved. My 7 year old daughter really took a shine to Comanche (the horse) and the staff took...


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Lake Placid Restaurants

  • Nice outdoor seating

    I've eaten here many times over the years but always for lunch. They have great outdoor seating where I always sit to eat. The wait staff are usually attentive. The food is great for lunch with very good options. Also part of this location is the Great Adirondack Brewing Co. They have a wide variety of beer they brew. I'm not much of a beer drink...

  • Wonderful ambience and bistro

    Local beer - Nine Hat. Sandwiches are wonderful. We had chicken chipotle pesto and pulled pork. We were on the deck, with a wonderful view of Mirror Lake (across the street from Mirror Lake Inn, but on the lake). Chicken Chipotle pesto sandwich. Zesty sauce and well cooked chicken on yummy foccacia roll. Price was very reasonable considering its...

  • Delectable European Treats

    Lovely bakery specializing mostly in Austrian and French pastries such strudels and Linzer Krispy Kremes or Dunkin' Donuts here! Apfel strudel


Lake Placid Nightlife

  • Fun, great bartenders....

    Nice place to go and hang out. the bartenders there are great and have terrific personalities. The place is pretty big, esp. for the area it's in, Main Street, Lake Placid is pretty jam-packed. The only thing we weren't happy with was the DJ. He seemed more interested in spinning for himself rather then the patrons. We all went up and request some...

  • Wings and Beer

    I can't remember the name of the bar, but it was a mexican themed bar/restaurant on the edge of Lake Placid going to Saranac Lake. We ordered the happy hour beer and wings. The beer was cold and the wings were HOT!. I guess they don't really have a medium in Mexico. The bartender was awesome and was cool to chat with. There was no dress code.

  • Lake Placid Pub and Brewery

    Much more relaxed setting. Wood interior, large bar, a place to sit, relax and eat and drink. They also brew their own beers here so be sure to give one of those a try. Casual, in fact when a went the bartender was in full punk garb, she was the most casual in the place by far


Lake Placid Transportation

  • The Car Ride Up - From Albany

    First, make sure you have enough gas to get there. From Albany, NY, drive North on I-87 until you get to Exit 30. This part of I-87 was voted the most scenic highway at one point in time. Be careful of state troopers in the middle median (at those No-U-turn areas) because they will pull you over if you go more than 10mph over the speed limit. There...

  • Winter is Losing its Grip !

    As I drove down from Montreal to Albany in March, 2004 I had to pass through the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid. In this section of Interstate Highway 87, I passed many areas where the streams of the Adirondack Mountains had been frozen into curtains during the long and cold winter. The warmer weather meant that these sheets of ice were...

  • Some Driving Tips for Whiteface ...

    White Mountain Memorial Highway is a very well maintained road,but you should take some caution while driving on it. 1. It may take you a while to even be able to drive on this road if it is a very busy weekend. Only so many cars are allowed at a time because there is limited parking at the top. 2. This ride is very scenic, but be sure to keep your...


Lake Placid Local Customs

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    Top of the chairlift at Whiteface Mt

    by SirIsaacBrock Written Apr 15, 2005

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    We learned from a local that it is common to bring a backpack with beer to store in the chalet half way down the hill. Since the choice of beer is pretty much non-existent and what is there is expensive, it's a good idea to bring a small backpack with your favourite beverage. That way you can stop half way down and enjoy the sun while sipping some suds.

    Use the picnic tables at the top of the first chair lift. The scenery is great.

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Lake Placid Warnings and Dangers

  • Lock it up!

    Just be sure to lock your car. There aren't too many high paying jobs in the area (year round), and 'boys will be boys' when there's nothing else to do. I don't want to sound discriminitory, but all I'm saying is that crime happens if you're not smart about things. Park your car in lighted areas. Lock your car, and don't leave valuables in plain...

  • Whiteface AKA Iceface skiing

    Whiteface mountain, which is the main Lake Placid ski destination and the hill that held the Olympics, is a very icy hill. The wind blows across it and any snow that is there in the morning is gone by the afternoon. If you're skiing there, make sure your skiis are sharpened. The picture is of a friend of mine who decided he didn't need snowboard...

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Lake Placid Tourist Traps

  • Don't get ripped off at the souvenir...

    Along the main road that goes thru Lake Placid is a long string of shops. Make sure you do a cost comparison if you really want that sweatshirt, t-shirt or other souvenir. You may find the prices are a little lower (~$5 or so) if you look for the items in the adjacent towns. Know your prices. Ask if there's "any savings" if you bought 3 or more...

  • Dog sledding...honestly..

    5$ for 1/2 mile, 10$ for 3/4 mileThe dogs just walk around in a circle... take the 5$ ride.. better "value" Chose a real dog sledding venue and service..

  • High Falls Gorge

    For $9 per person, you can walk a VERY short path (less than a half a mile round trip ) and see a few waterfalls.It was a disappoinment to me because it is billed as "One of the four natural wonders " of the Adirondacks. Don't get me wrong, the falls are pretty, but there is beauty everywhere in the Adirondacks which you can see for free. Maybe I...


Lake Placid What to Pack

  • Comfortable ,casual clothes

    Comfortable shoes with thick soles for hiking. Bring clothes that can be layered. It was chilly in the morning, but the noon sun was very warm. Sun screen, mosquito repellent Don't forget.....lots of film :-)

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Lake Placid Off The Beaten Path

  • Go hiking!!

    On your way to Lake Placid, you'll pass some great areas to go hiking! During good weather, you'll see cars parked along Rt 9 after you've gotten off the exit 30 on I-87. In fact, the first thing you'll pass is a natural spring on the left after you get off the exit, less than a mile down Rt 9. Route 9 turns into Rt 73, which takes you in to Lake...

  • Mount Marcy, New York, 5,344 feet Above...

    Mt. Marcy in the northern Adirondacks is the highest peak in the state of New York. Hiking to the top of Marcy a quick walk in the woods.The first ascent was made in 1837. Although technically not the most challenging hike, be prepared to spend a majority of the day on the trail. Hiking back and forth in one day can be accomplished with the 7 mile...

  • Beauty Everywhere!

    There really is beauty everywhere here and you will come upon many scenic views and various hiking paths while you are driving through these mountains.


Lake Placid Sports & Outdoors

  • Hike Cascade Mountain

    Cascade Mountain is the easiest of the 46 peaks over 4000 feet in the Adirondack to access. It rises directly off Route 73 just outside Lake Placid. Because of this it is also the most crowded. There is pull out parking along route 73 and the trail head is easy to find. The hike drops slightly before you start to climb. The trail to the summit is...

  • Mountain Biking!

    Lake Placid has some great mountain bike trails. I ride a lot and found the trails well maintained by local mountain bikers. If you do not bring your own mountain bike, I recommend renting one. The best place to do this is at High Peaks Mountain Bike Center. They are located at Mount Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Sports Complex. They mountain...

  • Paddle Boarding!

    Paddle Boarding is now my new sporting interest after trying it out on Mirror Lake in Lake Placid. Paddle Board range in length from about 10 feet to over 12 feet. People under 220 lbs would do fine on a board under 11 feet. They have a unique paddle that is bent at the blade. The paddle is used with the bent tip forward. This give the blade longer...


Lake Placid Favorites

  • Sunrise in Lake Placid

    “How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains” ― John MuirTo watch the best sunrises in Lake Placid, I recommend driving out to the Lake Placid Horse Show Grounds just 5 minutes from the center of Lake Placid. The sun rises over the High Peaks of Adirondack State Park. Often there is fog low on the ground at the foot of the mountains...

  • The jewel of upstate New York

    New York state is not just New York City. There are a lot of beautiful spot all around the state. Lake Placid is a great place for a weekend retreat or for a camping trip. The town of Lake Placid is very well developed ever since the Winter Olympic Games in 1980. There are several picturesque inns on it's shores and restaurants with great views of...

  • Adirondack Mountains

    We enjoyed the opportunity to do some relatively easy mountain climbing on the well-worn (thanks to ancient glaciers) Adirondack Mountains in upstate-New York. The weather conditions in mid-September turned out to be just right for us. On this trip, it was relaxing on top of Cascade Mt. with our picnic lunch and just enjoying the view. The trip...


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