Sweet summer memories in Lake Placid, New York

When you bring your family to visit Lake Placid, New York this summer (240 km south of Ottawa), you’ll find there are countless ways to enjoy exhilarating family fun amid the stunning scenic beauty of the Adirondacks. Lake Placid’s awe-inspiring mountain views provide the ideal backdrop for your next family holiday.

Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, well known for hosting the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.

Teach your kids about local Adirondack history, how to hike in the woods and identify wildlife, flora and fauna, the names of the surrounding mountains and more.

The Adirondacks offers a host of family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities that will make vacationing in Lake Placid a beloved tradition for many years to come.

Ten popular Lake Placid summer fun activities

1. Hike an Adirondack mountain to a panoramic vista; some great short trails include Owl’s Head (4.2km), Cobble Hill (3.5km) or the ever-popular Mt. Jo (3.2km)

2. Bike the trails at Whiteface Mountain

3. Take a bobsled ride (even in the summer) and experience the Olympic Venues

4. Shop Main Street, Lake Placid for unique Americana gifts, treats, and souvenirs

5. Take a leisurely 4.3 kilometre (2.7-mile) walk around Mirror Lake, located in the village of Lake Placid

6. Learn about the Adirondacks’ history and culture at the Adirondack Wild Centre

7. Visit the Castle Café at the top of Whiteface Mountain’s Veteran’s Memorial Highway or take a scenic gondola ride

8. Explore the four waterfalls at High Falls Gorge

9. See a show at the Lake Placid Centre for the Arts

10. Take a scenic plane ride over the Lake Placid region




• Americade Motorcycle Touring Rally (June)

• Lake Placid Film Forum (June)

• Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival (July-August)

• Fort Ticonderoga Battle Re-enactment (July)

• I Love NY Horse Show (July)

• Ironman USA Lake Placid (July)

• Adirondack Balloon Festival (September)

• Lake George Jazz Weekend (September)

• Warrensburg World’s Largest Garage Sale (September/October)

• Lake George Winter Carnival (February)

• Saranac Lake Winter Carnival (February)

• Maple Weekend (March)

• Hudson River Whitewater Derby (May)

• LakeGeorge.com Elvis Festival (May-June)

Source: www.lakeplacid.com

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The Adirondack Region features over 100 communities, mountains, lakes, and valleys covering 2.5 million hectares of New York state.