Unlike some other small villages throughout the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is bustling during most of the summer. Everywhere you look, there are families on-the-go with all the things to see and do in the area. Family holidays at Lake Placid are also a big attraction. For a small town of only around 2,300 residents, Lake Placid is a lot bigger when it’s summertime. Although, if combined with the neighboring village of Saranac Lake, the year-round estimated population does not exceed 10,000.
Due to the beautiful scenic landscapes of the Adirondacks, the tourist industry in Lake Placid grew for many decades, with many available lake placid cabins to rent. Many people look for Lake Placid cabins to rent during winter to take part in the vast array of winter sports the area has to offer. However, there are also many Lake Placid summer activities for anyone on an adventure.
These are the five best things to experience in Lake Placid.
The town of Lake Placid is stunningly lovely, especially with the blissful Mirror Lake and its crystal-clear reflection of majestic foliage and the picturesque village. No vehicles are permitted on the river. So, it’s tranquil and relaxing, ideal for carefree sailing on your small boat or kayak. There is a stunning 2.7-mile route around the lake, enabling hikers not just to appreciate the scenery of the lake and the blanketing trees but also to explore the area further.
2. Mount Jo
Mount Jo is an 877-mile mountain in the Adirondacks throughout the High Peaks district, only seven miles away from Placid Lake. The historic Adirondack Loj and the beautiful Heart Lake area stand at the base of the mountain.
3. Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails
During winter and summer, Brewster Peninsula Trails are perfect for exercising your muscles, snowshoeing, or cycling. You can also do activities like walking, trekking, skiing, or even just wandering around and spending time with the family near the lake. It begins at the gateway with the Corridor Trail, descending gradually and dropping before it flattens out by the spot in which it crosses with the other paths.
4. ADK Aquatics
Lake Placid is breathtaking from every viewpoint. However, the perfect way to experience and appreciate it is by being on it. Whether you’re just searching for a relaxing boat ride or an adrenaline fanatic who needs speed, ADK Aquatics has a ton of adventures scheduled for you. Regardless if you’re highly skilled or attempting for the first time, you will be given a one-on-one instruction by one of their highly qualified coaches.
5. Bobsled Experience
Picture yourself sliding at lightning speed in a teensy bobsled down the slope used during the1980s Olympic bobsled athletes, the finest bobsledders ever! All the equipment used by Olympians throughout the 1980 Olympic Games in the Whiteface Mountains is still being used today. So, you can, just for a little while, pretend to be one of them. Seated between a seasoned bobsled driver and a brakeman, you can start on a half-track used by experienced sliders from around the world. The pace and the thuds will blow your mind.
When you want to go back, and you are likely going to, they will give you a 20% discount. With all the amenities in Lake Placid, the area seems to have been created for families. All the activities are family-friendly, and the small-town cabin atmosphere that envelops the community seems to keep up with the kids. If you’re searching for a destination to escape, get adventurous, and witness an authentic Adirondack experience, Lake Placid trips should be on your bucket list.