THINGS TO DO IN LAKE PLACID
Lake Placid is best known as the two-time site of the Winter Olympics. Lake Placid first hosted the winter games in 1932 and it hosted the event again 48 years later in 1980. In the United States, the village is especially remembered as the site of the 1980 USA–USSR hockey game, the so-called "Miracle on Ice"; when a group of American college students and amateurs upset the heavily favored Soviet national ice hockey team 4–3 and two days later won the gold medal. Another high point during the 1980 Games was speed-skater Eric Heiden's performance, winning five gold medals. Lake Placid has year round activities and events that draw visitors from around the world to our little slice of heaven on Earth.
LAKE PLACID OLYMPIC FACILITIES & MUSEUM
Open year-round | 518-302-5326
This is where ‘The Miracle’ happened in 1980, the US Hockey Team’s victory over the Soviet Union. Visit the Lake Placid Olympic Center, Olympic Jumping Complex, or Museum! Guided tours available. Open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
High Falls Gorge
Open year-round | 518-946-2278
In the shadow of Whiteface Mountain you can take a nature walk to view Ausable River spilling over ancient granite cliffs. Sturdy bridges, walkways and trails provide safe access to breathtaking views and photographic vantage points.
Olympic Sports Complex Bobsled Ride
Summer/Winter | 518-946-4436
Ride with a professional driver and brakeman down the state-of-the-art competition track at the Olympic Sports Complex. Each sled has been custom-built for a safe, comfortable, exhilarating ride of a lifetime. Riders receive a complimentary bobsled pin and commemorative photo.
Open year-round | 518-523-2202
The 120m jump tower features a skydeck, accessible by an elevator that will give you a sky-high perspective on the art of the Ski Jump.
Open year-round | 518-523-2473
A magnificent tour over the Adirondacks, 20 minutes in duration.
whiteface memorial highway
Summer only | 518-946-2223
Ascends to the summit of the fifth highest mountain in the Adirondacks. At the summit parking area, take a short hike to the very top or hop on the in-mountain elevator for a truly amazing 360° view of the surrounding wilderness.
The Wild Center
Summer 7 days/off summer – weekends only | 518-359-7800
Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks is a science-based museum dedicated to understanding this rare place. It has live exhibits, live feeds and live animals. Located in the town of Tupper Lake, NY, approximately a 35 minute drive.
Whiteface Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride
Summer / Winter | 518-946-2223
The 8-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola takes you to the top of Little Whiteface in less than fifteen minutes. The ride takes you over ski trails, woods and scenic overlooks with breathtaking views. At the summit of Little Whiteface (3676’), an observation deck and picnic tables await.
Open year-round | 518-834-7454
Walk the nature trails in the midst of the primeval Adirondack Forest. Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant’s Head, Column Rock, Hyde’s Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet and walk the natural stone walkways within the Chasm. The Ausable Chasm is located an hour away.
Open year-round | No "reservations required"