Things to Do Year-Round in Lake Placid

Lake Placid, New York, is like no other place on earth. The charming village is tucked in the heart of the Adirondacks where the high peaks of the mountains meet the horizon. Lake Placid sits on the shore of the iconic Mirror Lake. Lake Placid is a much sought after destination as the center for all Adirondack action. Promising diverse activities, outdoor recreation, friendly welcoming residents, and all the charisma of historic mountain town – it was, after all, selected to host the Olympics twice!

Come enjoy all Lake Placid has to offer

Lake Placid is in a region renowned for hiking, world-class alpine skiing, bobsledding, and an abundance of water sports. First-time visitors to the village are in for a surprise. With a resident population of around 2,500, you may expect to discover a sleepy little hamlet. Get ready; Lake Placid is very much a bustling community tuned to the fine art of hospitality. It is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the United States. Historic buildings, galleries, restaurants, live music, indoor/outdoor sports Lake Placid has it all – all year long! 

Spring and Summer ACtivities

Spring brings warmer weather, flowers, wildlife, and lots of mountain trail activity. Biking is especially popular. During the summer bikers converge on mountain trails, rolling country roads, or the challenging Iron Man Lake Placid course.  Anglers of all persuasion are also drawn to the region. There is no shortage of lakes, streams, and rivers for boat casting or fly-fishing. Fishers can troll for rainbow trout right off Main Street in the Olympic Village of Lake Placid.  Boating opportunities abound in and around Lake Placid. The beautiful, tranquil Mirror Lake welcomes human, electric & wind powered watercraft. Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and small sail boats stream cross the crystal lake and the public beach is a big draw for swimming.  The beach offers a large swimming area, multiple diving platforms, and a dock. It is also a training site for triathletes as well the start for the swim for both the Ironman Lake Placid and the Ironman Lake Placid 70.3. Sunbathing and people watching are common past-times. For boating, tubing, wake boarding, wake surfing, head a short distance to Placid Lake (Lake Placid).

Winter ACtivities

Lake Placid transforms into a wonderland in the winter. Sports enthusiasts come from around the world to experience the region’s 283 acres of skiable terrain. Favorite winter sports include; alpine skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice climbing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, bobsledding, and ice skating. 

Autumn ACtivities

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The fall brings leaf peepers by the droves to the Adirondacks. Glorious colors paint the trees for a spectacular natural presentation that is beyond compare. Fall festivals, annual celebrations, and events make the autumn season is one of the most anticipated in Lake Placid. 

Where to Stay 

Lake Placid is as diverse as the visitors who come for a getaway. Smack in the middle of the action Hotel North Woods offers the best location as a base camp for all activities. 

Tracy Smith

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