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 Olympic Sites calendar for the latest operating schedule and offerings 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.