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18 Best Things to Do in Lake Placid, New York In 2023

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I spent many a summer in Lake Placid during my childhood when I was a competitive figure skater and it has always had a magical place in my heart as The Olympic City. There are plenty of things to do in Lake Placid NY be it summer or winter making for a wonderful weekend getaway.

Located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, Lake Placid is the perfect year-round mountain getaway – and these are the best things to do in Lake Placid to make the most of your stay.

Top Things to Do in Lake Placid NY

Recently Dave and I watched the documentary The Making of a Miracle on Ice about the American hockey team that faced off with Russia in the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid to win gold. This was such an amazing moment in American history and a trip to Lake Placid is a must for anyone road-tripping through Up State New York.

Lake was America’s first winter vacation destination and is known for hosting two Winter Olympic Games in 1932 and 1980. Besides being known as a winter resort, there are many things to do in Lake Placid in the summer too. Let’s check out all the reasons you should add Lake Placid to your places to visit in America’s bucket list.

Lake Placid Attractions

Lake Placid is a village in New York State located in the Adirondack Mountains. It is located in what is called the Tri-Lake Region which includes Lake Placid and two other lakes – Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.

Funny enough, the town of Lake Placid isn’t located on Lake Placid proper, its main street is actually on Mirror Lake. Lake Placid is 5 hours from New York City and Boston and it is 2 1/2 hours from Montreal and five hours from Toronto, Canada. So, are you ready to explore Lake Placid NY with us? Let’s go!

1. Live Out Your Olympic Dreams

Best Things to do in Lake Placid Olympics

Lake Placid was home to not one, but two Winter Olympics, the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, and it has preserved that history with the excellent Lake Placid Olympic Museum and tours of the Olympic facilities.

Dave and I have gone back to Lake Placid in recent years for both summer and winter activities and I was reminded of that Olympic magic while walking through town and exploring the Olympic Sites.

We love the Winter Olympics and one of our favorite things to do in Lake Placid is live out our Olympic dreams by exploring the sites. There are plenty of Olympic sites to explore in Lake Placid, so let’s check them out.

2. Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

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