Invent your own perfect summer day
Don't let the winter hype fool you: Lake Placid is truly amazing in the summer. Home to a range of activities for all ages, Lake Placid is the spot for you perfect summer vacation. From tours to interactive experiences, from soaring to sliding, sunrise pedaling to sunset dining, let’s make this summer shine with the gold of a Lake Placid adventure.
Time outdoors is time well spent
You didn't come to Lake Placid to sit in a hotel room and avoid the sunshine, fresh air, and endless fun woods and waters. No, you're here for the canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, birding, boating, golfing, and exploring! Gorgeous lakes and ponds fed by cool mountain streams offer sweet spots to play and paddle. Hike beginner-friendly or expert level trails through famous forests. Whether you're just going for a casual nature walk or a 16-mile kayak trip, get outside and enjoy all that summer has to offer! Looking for solitude? Try hiking on a Wednesday morning! While everyone is busy at work, you could be enjoying quiet time in the woods.
Olympic vacation glory
Create your own golden moments at Lake Placid's historic, adventurous Olympic sites. The new Cliffside Coaster at Mt. Van Hoevenberg is the country's longest mountain coaster, with awesome views of the Adirondacks and speedy fun. Over at the Olympic Jumping Complex, a gondola will carry you up to the ski jumps where an exhilarating zipline awaits, as well as an observation deck with 360-degree views! Don't miss the Olympic Center, 1980 Herb Brooks Arena, and Olympic Museum downtown, where the Olympic legacy lives on. Our legendary sports history is on display and open for exploration 7-days a week in the summer!
Hit the town
Think Lake Placid is just about outdoor adventure and Olympic spirit? Think again! This small mountain town is full of sights, sounds, and flavors waiting to explored. Our streets are paved with unique, only-in-LP shops, restaurants with epic views, and soothing spas. Here, you can shop for rustic furniture, books by local authors, Adirondack-made art and jewelry, and sporty gear; or relax the day away in an award-winning spa. Top off your day with a bite of barbecue, a five-course dinner, or simply stroll along the lake with a sweet cone. Save energy for evening special events and cocktails! Any day that ends in "y" is a fine time to visit, but weekdays bring shorter wait times and a more relaxed atmosphere around town.
Next stop: vacationland
A gorge carved by a river over millions of years. Historic boat tours on serene Lake Placid. Ziplining and the ever-delightful joy of mini golf. Museums and historic sites that share the fascinating history of Lake Placid and it's exceptional people. These are some of the family-friendly attractions in Lake Placid. Whether you'd like to travel back in time at the Historical Society Museum or John Brown Farm, fly through the air at the Experience Outdoors ziplines, or walk over and down into High Falls Gorge, these attractions will make you want to stay in vacation mode for at least a week!
Lake Placid excels in combining arts/culture with the outdoors. Artists find inspiration in the landscapes. Weekly weekday concerts are held in open-air parks. Home to several venues for indoor and outdoor events and performances, this mountain town is ready for you to come experience Lake Placid alongside artists of all kinds. Bored on a Tuesday? Head to Mid's Park to listen to live music from shore or from your kayak! Or visit an artist in a gallery on a Thursday!