NOTICE: This year, extensive renovations will be done to modernize and improve the Lake Placid Olympic Sites.
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 sites are currently under renovation:
- Speed Skating Oval (site closed) - Renovations to The Olympic Speed Skating Oval include upgrades to the refrigeration system to extend the skating season. In addition, a new building, and other visitor amenities are being constructed.
- 1932 Jack Shea Arena (site closed) - Did you know that The 1932 Jack Shea Area is the first Indoor Area in Olympic History? It sure is, and we are upgrading it so many generations can enjoy this icon.
- 1980 Herb Brooks Arena (site closed) - The site of the Miracle on Ice is also undergoing major renovations to improve and modernize.
- The elevator at the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway (open with limitations) - While the elevator may be under construction, visitors can still access the castle to soak in the spectacular 360-degree view via the footpath.
- 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.
- Olympic Passports are not available for the spring and summer of 2021. Please stay tuned for updates about winter!
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 Olympic Sites calendar for the latest operating schedule and offering at the venues.
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 Sites, no matter the season!
Just outside of downtown at the Olympic Jumping Complex, visitors are often struck by the sight of the 70- and 90-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!
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. The Olympic Sites Passport is perfect for folks planning a visit to the area, giving you access to every one of the Lake Placid Olympic Sites, including the Olympic Museum! The passport is available for purchase online and in person at all of the Olympic venues and the ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority) Store on Main Street.