Lake Placid Area Attractions
America’s Oldest Natural Attraction. Since 1870, over 10 million visitors have explored the famous depths of the Chasm. View waterfalls and unique rock formations from sturdy bridges, walkways, stairs and vistas.
Families enjoy our “Classic Tour” by adding a scenic float ride (via raft) through the lower chasm, or choose to cool off on a tubing adventure. The new Adventure Trail (cable course), rappelling tours, and rock climbing are available for the more adventurous. Campground, cafe, gift shop, museum and more.
Take a moment and a camera and enjoy the Adirondacks’ most breathtaking 30 minute walk. Four splendid waterfalls catapulting over rocks and crevice carved a billion years ago by ice, water and wind. Discover the natural history, geology, and forestry in the educational signage along the way. Self guided tours. Separate 1 mile wooded snowshoe trail with rentals available on premises. Campfire and marshmallow roasting on weekends and holidays. Junior Explorer Program where kids are rewarded for learning. Mine for gemstones and fossils at the Ausable River Mining Co. The River View Cafe features light fair for lunch and snacks while proudly serving regional beers and New York State wines by a cozy fireplace. There’s also an Adirondack gift shop.
One mile west of Whiteface Mountain Ski Center and eight miles east of Lake Placid.
Two years running, The Wild Center was named the People’s Choice top attraction in the Adirondacks by the readers of Adirondack Life. To top it all off, The Wild Center’s new Wild Walk, a trail across the treetops, opens this summer.
It’s all part of an outdoor and indoor experience on 81-acres that’s earned praise from around the world for how it lets visitors of all ages get closer to the natural world.
The Center features a full museum store, cafe with outdoor waterside seating in season, and daily special events.
Santa’s Workshop is a timeless fantasy village located in North Pole, NY. One of the country’s first theme parks, Santa’s Workshop has been a family tradition since 1949. It is home to beloved fairytale and storybook characters, busy elves, live reindeer, and Santa himself.
A 30′ high converted ski jump trestle sends toboggans down ice covered chutes onto frozen Mirror Lake. Depending on weather conditions toboggans can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface.
Hours vary depending on weather conditions, contact the Lake Placid Visitors Center for current hours, 518-523-2445.
Whiteface Adventure Zone
Whiteface has always been packed with summer fun for the whole family and this year is no exception! This summer we’re excited to announce the opening of the Whiteface Adventure Zone! The Adventure Zone is a recreational area designed to challenge and entertain the kid in all of us and features the Spider Mountain Climbing Wall & Slide, bungee assisted Freestyle Trampolines, a Slackline Park and much more!
The Adirondack Carousel
The Adirondack Carousel is a unique and beautiful venue providing old fashioned fun for all ages. The 24 hand carved carousel animals are indigenous to the Adirondacks, the rounding boards are regional scenes painted by local artists and the Chris Craft boat is wheelchair accessible.
Come rain or shine, hop on and take a spin on “Bug Eye” the blackfly, “Oliver” the otter, or another favorite Adirondack Animal. You can also search for the lady bug (the New York State insect) that is carved into each animal.
The Carousel is located in a beautiful enclosed pavilion in William Morris Park, where, between rides, children and parents can enjoy drawing, board games, playing “dress up” or playing on the playground. Browse the gift shop for Carousel apparel, coloring books, vintage toys and more. You’re welcome to linger and enjoy a beverage and a snack while the children delight in their own activities.
The Carousel is located at 2 Depot Street, at the corner of Route 86 and route 3 next to Stewarts, in Saranac Lake.
All aboard for the Adirondacks, travel through remote forests, past sparkling rivers, over bridges, tranquil ponds and streams, into the magnificent beauty of the six million acre Adirondack Park. Become a witness of nature’s beauty and look out for the many animals and birds along the routes. Our train adventures offer many different scenic excursions departing from Utica’s Union Station, Thendara Station near Old Forge, Saranac Lake Union Depot and Lake Placid Station.
With Blue Mountain rising behind it and Blue Mountain Lake sparkling below, the Adirondack Museum’s vast campus features displays in 22 modern exhibition galleries and historic buildings. There are lush grounds and sweeping views. The exhibitions tell the unique story of the Adirondacks and its people. You will explore topics ranging from boating to logging, and there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for kids, too.
Named Carillon by the French in 1755 and known to the soldiers in the American Revolution as “the old French Fort,” Fort Ticonderoga stood at the center of 2 wars and 5 battles. By 1820, the “old French Fort” had fallen into ruins when William Ferris Pell purchased the land and began one of America’s earliest preservation efforts. During the 19th century, the ruins of the fort stood at the center of inspiration for writers, artists, and travelers who visited the scenic and historic Ticonderoga peninsula. In 1908, the Fort’s restoration and reconstruction began launching the earliest restoration effort in America. Today, the fort sits at the center of the Ticonderoga experience where guests can exploremuseum exhibitions, interact wtih historic trades staff, and participate in lively daily programs and special events and reenactments.
High in New York State’s Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song “John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave,” but most do not associate the words with this simple farm in Lake Placid, New York. Enjoy a guided or self tour of the buildings and grounds of this historic site, or enjoy a nature walk, hiking or cross country skiing trails. Tours available May thru Oct. open 10 AM to 5PM weekdays and Saturday and Sunday. Closed on Tuesday. Grounds are open year round during daylight hours.