Gold medal fun

Not everyone can say the Olympics took place in their own backyard. We can, and we love to share that experience! Today, you can tour many of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Legacy Sites, no matter the season!

In the heart of the village, the famed Olympic Center stands out, full of history, great fun, and activities. Enjoy public skating year-round, hockey tournaments, the Olympic Museum, figure skating, and tours of this amazing complex, site of the famous "Miracle on Ice."

Just outside of downtown at the Olympic Jumping Complex, visitors are often struck by the sight of the 90 - and 120-meter ski jumps towering in the sky alongside the High Peaks. An elevator ride will take you to the top of the jumps, providing a birds eye view of the Adirondack region, while a new zipline can whisk you to the bottom in just a few seconds.

Over at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, the new, thrilling Cliffside Coaster is the longest mountain coaster in the United States! You control the speed of your ride down the mountain alongside the 1980 Olympic bobsled track and take in sweet views. All while learning about the history of Olympic bobsledding! But that's not the only bit of fun at Van Ho! There's also hiking, bobsled, and luge experiences, a climbing gym, and much more.

Just outside of town in nearby Wilmington, Whiteface Mountain was home to many alpine ski events, and is open to the public today! In winter, ski the same slopes as Olympians and in summer ride the gondola to the summit of Little Whiteface to see the commanding, gold medal view!

The legacy of the 1980 Games has been preserved, and its heritage upheld, to ensure continued public enjoyment of the Olympic venues.

NOTICE: Extensive renovations have been made to modernize and improve the Lake Placid Olympic Sites. Some are still undergoing minor renovations.

The project is designed to prepare the sites for hosting the 2023 World University Games, to add new unique experiences for both residents and visitors, and to continue the Olympic legacy to be enjoyed by generations to come.

The following site(s) are currently under renovation:

  • The Olympic Museum (alternative location) - The Olympic Museum is under construction, however, you can experience the “Totally 80 – 80 Objects from the Lake Placid Olympic Museum” Exhibit Gallery presented by the Lake Placid Olympic Museum is available on the 2nd floor of the Conference Center. It is free and open to the public 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

While some of these sites may be closed, there are still a wide variety of unique Olympic experiences available to help round off your perfect Lake Placid getaway. Check out the Lake Placid Legacy Sites calendar for the latest operating schedule and offerings at the venues.

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Mt. Van Hoevenberg
220 Bobsled Run Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-4436

Home to the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track--the only one east of the Rockies--as well as 50 km of groomed cross country ski trails and a biathlon shooting range, the Olympic Sports Complex is a study in extremes. It's on this track that...

US Olympic Training Center
196 Old Military Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2600

The U.S. Lake Placid Olympic Training Center opened its doors in November of 1982, just two years after hosting the town's second Olympic Winter Games. The Olympic Training Center's goal is to assist in the development of Olympic and Paralympic...

Lake Placid Olympic Center
2634 Main Street, Lake Placid
(518) 523-1655

It was at the Lake Placid Olympic Center in 1980 that the US men's hockey team toppled the Soviet Union on their way to winning the gold medal and 16-year-old figure skater Sonja Henie charmed the world, winning a gold medal in the 1932 Winter Olympics.

Lake Placid Olympic Museum
2634 Main Street, Lake Placid
(518) 302-5326

Explore the legacy of the Olympic Games with exciting exhibits, including video highlights, athletes' uniforms and equipment, a collection of Olympic torches, mascots, the first gold medal ever awarded, and more! This activity and many others are FREE...

Olympic Jumping Complex
52 Ski Jump Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-8830

At the Olympic Jumping Complex get up close to the ramp that ski jumpers launch from before flying over the length of a football field. The Jumping Complex is the training site for many aspiring young athletes who hope to one day earn a spot on the U.S.

Whiteface Mountain
646 Whiteface Mountain Road, Wilmington
(518) 946-2223

Skiing and Riding Expert, 43% Intermediate, 20% Beginner, 11 lifts including an eight person high speed gondola, 98% snowmaking capability, terrain parks, adrenaline-pumping, between-the-trees skiing and six mountainside restaurants and so much more...

Olympic Sites Passport
2634 Main Street, Lake Placid
(518) 523-1655