There is more than one way to see nature in the Lake Placid region, and if venturing into the backcountry on your own seems daunting we have just the thing for you. Beyond our downtown shops and restaurants you can follow walkways that plunge the depths of our deepest gorges, you can take a tour and cruise through — or above — the forest. Some of these adventurous activities are wheelchair accessible, some are guided, and all are a perfect way to see our natural beauty safely and with minimal time spent preparing for the day. 

If you're looking to get deeper into the Adirondack backcountry, hire one of our famous Adirondack guides. They'll make all of the preparations — you just need to show up and enjoy the adventure!

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

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Lake Placid Boat Tours & Marina
Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-9704

Wilderness beauty. Adirondack history. Serenity. Cruise the pristine waters of Lake Placid in one of our enclosed pontoon boats. The hour-long, narrated tour travels 16 miles on one of the world's most beautiful lakes. See and hear about the stately...

  
Country Dreams Farm - Sleigh Rides
200 John Brown Road, Lake Placid
(518) 561-8941

Treat yourself to a horse-drawn sleigh ride wrapped in warm blankets while taking in the aroma of pine boughs, and listening to the sound of sleigh bells in the crisp Lake Placid air. The sleigh ride will take you back to a simpler time. Sleigh rides...

  
Experience Outdoors
4948 Cascade Road, Lake Placid
(518) 524-7944

In the summer, we zip line, in the winter, we explore! Let us help you plan your next great outdoor adventure this winter. Our licensed Adirondack Guides will take care of all your trip planning needs.

  
Captain Marney's Boat Rental
35 Victor Herbert Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-9746

Captain Marney's Boat Rental has been in business for over 29 years and is named after a beautiful golden retriever named Marney who lived for 12 fantastic years. Many of her descendants still roam the shore line. Captain Marney's offer speed boats...

  
Lake Placid Toboggan Chute
Mirror Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

The rumors are true! The Toboggan Chute received a makeover, and now it's open for business! Open only in the winter, this 30-foot high structure sends toboggans down an ice-covered chute onto frozen Mirror Lake. Depending on weather conditions...

  
Disc Golf at Whiteface Mountain
5021 Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2223

Disc Golf opening July 2, 2021! Disc golf is a fun and accessible activity for all ages and athletic ranges. Our nine-hole course utilizes the lower portion of Whiteface around some of your favorite trails, like Lower Valley, Round About, Boreen...

  
Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing
Saranac Lake
(518) 651-6560

Picture it now: You are in the forest on a crisp winter day. The snow is falling lightly and all you can hear are the soft sounds of your snowshoes and the chirping of the chickadees as you meander through the woods, invited by your guide to...

  
The Wild Center
45 Museum Drive, Tupper Lake
(518) 359-7800

Three years running, The Wild Center was named the People's Choice top attraction in the Adirondacks by the readers of Adirondack Life. To top it all off, The Wild Center's Wild Walk, a trail across the treetops, has opened to rave reviews. It's all...

  
Emerald Springs Ranch
651 State Route 186, Lake Clear
(518) 891-3727

Experience the Adirondacks from horseback at Emerald Springs Ranch. Explore our many private trails a short 30 minute drive from Lake Placid. All of our tours include professionally trained horses and expert guides to show you the way. Each ride...

  
Adirondack Watersports
Saranac Lake
(518) 241-1775

Jet Ski Tours. Personal watercraft (PWC), also known as Jet Skis, are an exciting and fun activity and a great way to spend the day out on the pristine waters of the Adirondacks. Our adventure tours are a short drive away from Lake Placid and take...

  
High Falls Gorge
4761 Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2278

High Falls Gorge is the Adirondacks' most breathtaking, year-round, 30 minute walk. Witness four majestic waterfalls cascading over rocks into a deep crevice carved a billion years ago, learn about all the natural wonders of the falls, grab a bite to...

  
Ausable Chasm
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm
(518) 834-7454

The oldest natural attraction in the United States (est. 1870), the sites of the chasm are breathtaking. Formed of sandstone that is 500 million years old from a time geologists call the Cambrian period. Hike the 5+ miles of scenic trails, float the...