Family Fun

I used to spend my whole day tackling the High Peaks only to knock a few off of the list each time I went out to hike. Although I’m still an aspiring Adirondack 46er, I’m beginning to find joy in the smaller hikes nearby.    Peninsula Trails What better way to prepare myself for the day than spending the early morning taking in Lake Placid and the surrounding mountains. Eli, my pup, couldn’t agree more! These trails are located just a mile up on Peninsula Road. They range from fairly flat to a gentle uphill grade with some roots and rocks jutting out. Right from the very... continue reading
 
It can seem funny to think of "beating the crowds" when it comes to hiking in the many forests and mountains of the Adirondacks. But, while there are plenty of trails to go around, certain mountains turn out to be riding a surge of popularity. As a result, they actually get a bit crowded. Starting last year, a new system coordinating safe parking, a shuttle service, and a choice of activities was put in place for Columbus Day holiday weekend. So everyone can choose their own adventure. The Cascade Mountain Trail It is the popularity of Cascade Mountain which... continue reading
 
No other town does Halloween quite like Lake Placid. There is something special about a mountain town with autumn colors as the backdrop, and kids dressed in their spooky costumes during the middle of a Wednesday afternoon. The entire community and travelers visiting from all over come out to celebrate. From the Main Street parade to the trick or treaters in the neighborhoods, this is an event filled day for all. There is so much going on in town for kids and adults.  Recently, Lake Placid was named "The Best Town For Halloween" by Leisure and Travel Magazine. Once you experience it for... continue reading
 
I have a lot of extreme friends. Ironman athletes, hikers, rock climbers, and extreme outdoorsy types. These are people that go on adventures for vacations. They enjoy jumping off of bridges, climbing the highest peaks, and running marathons on their days off. They think this is normal activity and that I need more adventure in my life. I am really quite content with my kind of vacation. I prefer beaches, pools, and lakes. I like to jump into the lake from a boat, or look at the mountains from an Adirondack chair. I do, however, love photographs with views and family drives through the... continue reading
 
Summer in Lake Placid is prime time to vacation with the family. The kids are restless and ready to be outdoors. And, well, parents are feeling the same. Lake Placid, with its majestic mountains and pristine lakes, makes a great destination for all ages. You can explore the outdoors by hiking, swimming, and paddling. You can also hang out in Lake Placid's vibrant downtown and listen to free, live music. It’s the best of both worlds. Below is a list of free or affordable activities for you and, especially the kids, to enjoy on your summer visit. Free Lake Placid Public... continue reading
 
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Planning a vacation is hard. It’s no easier when you have a furry friend or two (or three) to plan for, and even harder when you have to leave them at home. I’m here to let you in on a little secret that may just change your traveling life. Lake Placid is super pet friendly! Some will even argue that the dogs outnumber the people in this little Adirondack town. And whether you are looking for a remote camping trip full of adventure or a cozy hotel and a night out on the town, your pets can come along for the ride. Here’s my guide for the perfect pet friendly Lake Placid... continue reading
 
The Fourth of July in Lake Placid comes complete with sunshine, live music, a parade, family fun, and exciting nightlife; it's a perfect, old-fashioned, small-town day with world-class events and musical acts worth traveling for. What does a Fourth of July look like in Lake Placid? Well, here is a list of "must dos" so you don't miss a thing! 10 a.m.: It's never too early for music Free, family-fun music with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards in Mid's Park. Your family will enjoy this traveling band, coming all the way from New Orleans. Every member of this band is a... continue reading
 
If you came to Lake Placid because you like water, you won't be disappointed. And since we like variety here, you're bound to discover a new way to make waves. So dive into this list and you'll find four ways to get wet when you're in Lake Placid. If you're not into doing it yourself, sign up for a scenic boat tour and enjoy the ride! 1. Motorboat on Lake Placid Imagine the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and mountains on the horizon. Boating on Lake Placid lake guarantees all of the blue sky and blue water you can handle, and it’s easily accessible... continue reading
 
When the Lake Placid Horse Show and the I Love New York Horse Show come to Lake Placid, I get so excited. My kids and I can spend an entire day at these events, and then go back day after day for more fun. These are two of the nation's most prestigious equine events, complete with world-class riders and their well-cared-for horses. In fact, the championship hunter and jumper competitors compete for more than $530,000 in prizes and awards. I am not qualified to tell you about judging these competitions, but I can tell you about the outside world of the horse shows. There is so much... continue reading
 
Winter in Lake Placid can seem to last forever. We enjoy the days on the mountain, skating on Mirror Lake, and cross-country skiing. The cold nights are perfect for snuggling in at your hotel by the fire, or sipping cocktails in the hotel bar. But once the snow starts to melt the excitement really starts to build as we daydream about the impending summer season and our next big adventure. But first...spring. There are many reasons to visit Lake Placid during the spring months. The pleasant temperatures is one of them. The average temps in May and June are between 66 and 74 degrees... continue reading
 

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