Olympic Sites

Come to Lake Placid for the outdoors and stay for the culture. Get to know this bustling village by indulging in world class live performances, free weekly concerts in Mid's Park, and movies in a historic 1920s theater. Below is a list of some of the village’s greatest attractions for art, music, theater, and more. All of these destinations are conveniently located downtown and walkable from most lodging in the Lake Placid area. A journey back in time — tour our Olympic heritage Being home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics makes this village a fascinating, globally inspired place. Just... continue reading
 
Spring is unpredictable in the Adirondacks, yes, even in Lake Placid. Some days are meant for spring skiing, and sometimes the rain may seem to ruin your plans. Don't let the weather impact your perfect day. There is so much to do to keep you and your family enjoying the village and all that it has to offer. Here are my top ideas for a day spent inside.  Make jewelry at Just Bead It The weather does not need to be perfect to make beautiful jewelry. Just Bead It on Main Street is a gem in itself. We went in with friends on a rainy day and our spirits were instantly lifted. There are tons... continue reading
 
Friends that travel together stay together There is something very special about being on vacation with your best friends. There is a comfort in knowing you will enjoy similar things, the downtime will be respected, and the laughs will be endless. In Lake Placid, there are so many winter activities and adventures for you and your friends to invent your own perfect vacation. Pack your coats and your cutest winter hats and head to the Olympic Village for winter fun that no other place can offer. Here is your guide to a vacation in wonderland with your best friends. ... continue reading
 
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9.  Winter never gets us down! Year round you'll find folks topping our peaks, exploring our trails, and getting close to nature. Of course, outdoor adventuring in our winter weather offers unique challenges — luckily our experienced local Adirondack guides can help suit you up, offer advice, and even show you the way. 8. Go for the gold, or silver, or...  Skating, skiing, hockey, bobsled, and more — Lake Placid's rich Olympic heritage is alive and well. No matter the season, you can tour our Olympic sites where you'll often find... continue reading
 
1. Lake Placid is America’s first winter resort. Most folks remember Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Some know we hosted the 1932 Winter Olympic Games. But, Lake Placid's winter sports history began with Melvil Dewey, who kept his grand resort, the Lake Placid Club, open through the winter season of 1904-05. Thus began Lake Placid's heritage as America's First Winter Resort. Sure, most of Lake Placid’s visitors come here during the warm months, but today the area continues to beckon travelers to play in the snow — primarily due to the increased interest... 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
 
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
 
These days, as we're getting closer to the Olympics, I can hardly watch a milk commercial without getting teary-eyed. You know the ones I mean? They feature letters from proud parents to the athletes about how they were "born" on skis, how they never gave up, how they endured endless nights at the rinks, and cold days at the mountain... Now, here they are — Olympic athletes. They have trained their whole lives for this. This moment in time, this event, this year. Now. People in cities, towns, and states all over the country will connect to these commercials. They speak... continue reading
 
If you like winter sports action, good local food, and zip lines, then you need to check out the 38th annual Empire State Winter Games. The huge, multi-sport event runs from February 1-4 and it’s coming out of the gate bigger and better than ever. This year there will be more competitors, a centralized village, a Jumbotron to watch it all on, and it’s all kicked off by a relay torch run that begins in Manhattan and ends in Lake Placid. Combine all of that with good food, craft beer, and events happening across several Adirondack communities, and the Games start to look... continue reading
 
I'm not saying call in sick when you aren't sick. I am saying that taking time off on work days has pleasant surprises. From less stress to saving money, consider the midweek advantages. Leisurely mornings A midweek visit to Lake Placid feels like having the place to yourself. Embrace that feeling first thing in the morning! Get coffee to go and head to Mid's Park, located in the middle of downtown. It's the perfect vantage point for watching the morning light spread over the High Peaks. After the sunrise show, a short walk will bring you to a variety of cafes and... continue reading
 

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