Lake Placid Area Attractions
The Lake Placid Olympic Village, New York
Experience Lake Placid’s Olympic Village, home of the 1930 & 1980 Winter Olympics. During the 1980 Winter Olympic games, team USA Hockey underdogs defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union to bring home the prestigious gold medal. Many sports enthusiasts view this as one of the greatest sports moments of the 20th Century. Be sure to visit the Herb Brooks Arena and see where all the magic took place.
Take the eight-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola from the base of the mountain 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 Au Sable 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
These 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 Veterans 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 some beautiful rock steps to the summit, or ride the elevator to the 4,867-foot summit. Please note that the road is closed in the winter to cars, but experienced cross-country skiers travel it for a nice uphill ski.
High Falls Gorge
This picturesque gorge is located just outside Lake Placid, New York and next to Whiteface ski center.
High Falls Gorge is open year round with snowshoe treks during the winter months. From the visitor center, take an Adirondack nature walk or snowshoe, and gasp at the spectacular ice formations on four stunning waterfalls. In the summer months, the modern bridges with glass platforms and groomed walking and hiking trails allow you to enjoy a self-guided tour to the beautiful Adirondack waterfalls, dark pools and one of New York’s largest pot holes. Please note that High Falls Gorge is accessible to wheelchairs.
On Mirror Lake in Lake Placid, New York
The Lake Placid Toboggan Slide, located on Parkside Drive across from the post office, has been in operation since the 1960s. The North Elba Park District currently operates the slide. Young and old alike wait anxiously for the lake to freeze each winter. A 30-foot-high converted ski jump trestle sends toboggans down ice-covered chutes onto the frozen Mirror Lake. Depending on weather conditions, the toboggans can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the lake surface. Many families and individuals say that their visit to the Toboggan Slide was a highlight of their winter vacation to Lake Placid.
The Ausable Chasm
Located in Keeseville, New York
Since 1870, Ausable Chasm has thrilled and amazed all who have come to explore. More than 10 million visitors have explored Ausable Chasm in the last centuray and half. As one of the earliest and oldest attractions in the USA, Ausable Chasm has a long history and many families have come back time and time again. The amazing sights of the chasm will take your breath away. Enjoy walking along the towering cliff walks through a primeval forest to peer into the chasm from many scenic overlooks and vistas.
Museums & Historical Sites
There are many opportunities to explore local culture and history in Lake Place and the surrounding area. Choices include many notable museums, performing arts centers and historic areas. Visitors are offered the chance to experience the history, culture and arts of our famous Adirondack Park and learn about the people that live here in the present and past.
John Brown’s Farm, Adirondack Mountains
The John Brown Farm, located in Lake Placid, is the home and gravesite of the famous abolitionist. The restored 19th century farmhouse, complete with period furnishing, is a state historical site open, It is open to visitors 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. In winter, there are also many trails available for cross-country skiing, offering great views of the high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.
Lake Placid Center for the Arts
The Center hosts gallery exhibitions, film, theater and concert performances.
Lake Placid Sinfonietta
For eight weeks on Sunday evenings in July and August, an excellent variety of musicians, ranging from chamber groups to full orchestras and opera singers, perform at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage
This quaint cottage in Saranac Lake is where the “Treasure Island” 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.
Since pre-history, humans have inhabited this historic site on the edge of Lake Champlain, a place where people and cultures met, including those of Native American tribes, French, English and American people. The site held great military significance in many war time conflicts. 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 stone fortress has been meticulously reconstructed drawing visitors to see and experience a bit of living history. The mansion hosts a weekly series of commemorations, celebrations, and historical reenactments.
The Wild Center
The New York Times called the Wild Center “stunning”. This cutting edge nature center recently installed a brand new and accessible Wild Walk to enchant and educate visitors of all ages. This elevated trail across the treetops offers unique experiences including bird watching, playing in the spider’s web, peering from the eagle’s nest and walking across cable bridges. This is all-day attraction includes 81-acres of outdoors, a 54,000-square-foot museum with movies and live animals. Highly rated for all ages.