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Lake Placid,New York-The Place To Be This Winter Vacation

Updated on October 25, 2014


Winter is not a time to stay indoors. Rather it is time to ski, have some serious snowball wars and go tobogganing. It is a fun time, with everything surrounded by white. With soft snow underneath your feet, it is a magical time.

A lot of people plan elaborate winter vacations. Exotic locations in Switzerland are the first pick. But I say, why go far? I believe the best place to visit this winter is our very own Lake Placid in New York! Sadly, as late as 2010, this amazing place was rated as one of the "6 Forgotten Vacation Spots" in North America by U.S. News & World Report. Hopefully, now that is not the case.

The fact that it is a perfect winter spot is proved by the two Winter Olympics it hosted, one way back in 1932 and the other in 1980.

How To Get There?

  • You can fly in to the Adirondack Regional Airport, which is about 16 miles from the village. Lake placid has an airport. But it doesn't offer scheduled flights.
  • You can also fly into other nearby airports like the Albany International Airport and the Burlington International Airport.
  • If you are traveling via road, you can reach it from Interstate 87 to the east via New York Sate Route 73, 86 and 9N.
  • Or you can take a bus of the Adirondack Trailways

The Adirondack Regional Airport

A Colorful History

Lake Placid is best known as one of the few places to conduct the Winter Olympics twice. It was here that a novice US team beat a strong Russian team in a ice hockey game , which is now immortalized as the "Miracle on Ice".

Here are a few more trivia items

  • During the 1980 Olympics, Lake Placid Middle/High School was issued an alcohol license. It is the only high school in the US and probably the world to be issued such a license.
  • One of the few places in the US offering dogsled and sleigh rides.
  • Lake Placid is used as a popular base by climbers aspiring to conquer all the 46 high peaks in the Adirondack mountains and join the Adirondack 46ers
  • Since 1999,it has been the home base for the annual Ironman Triathlon
  • It holds an ice dance competition every year
  • The Shea family of Lake Placid is the first to produce three generations of Olympians

Lake Placid Winter Olympics ,1980

Lake Placid Olympic Poster

What to do in Lake Placid?

Plenty! There is something for everyone. Whether you have come for a relaxing vacation or for an adrenaline rush, it is all there. While all the souvenir hunters go shopping, the others can go climb a mountain!

Here is a list of things to do

  1. Shop! With a wide range of shops selling items ranging from antiques to wine, it will wear out the most compulsive shoppers! Do visit the Twigs gallery for the popular locally made Adirondack Chairs or the Essex Farmers Market for some fresh produce!
  2. Visit the famous natural attractions! Ausable Chasm should undoubtedly the first choice, with its winter tours of frozen waterfalls, 150 foot icicles and unique snow covered rock formations! You can also go for the Adirondack Harvest, a scenic drive past mountains and fertile valleys or the High Falls Gorge, said to be Adirondacks' most breathtaking 30 minute walk. It must be true with four splendid waterfalls. Party accessible by wheelchair too. Do not miss Santa's workshop!
  3. Dog Sled Rides! Live your polar explore dream with these! Few know that these rides are available so its always a pleasant surprise.Rides take over the frozen Mirror Lake. And yes, safety is always first, even for the dogs too. The drivers frequently check the ice thickness.
  4. Go Sleigh riding. Go on a magical horse drawn sleigh ride. Feel nature up close.
  5. You can even go for a winter horseback riding! Now that's an experience you would like to share!
  6. Ice Skating.One of the obvious and most popular things to do! The rinks offer free open skating times.
  7. Visit the Lake Placid Olympic Sites. The legacy of the 1980 Games has been well preserved and you can even take a bobsled or luge ride in the sites!
  8. Go crazy sledding ,tubing and tobogganing. The Lake Placid Toboggan Chute is a 30 feet high converted ski jump trestle sending toboggans down ice covered chutes onto frozen Mirror Lake. On perfect conditions, toboggans can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface
  9. Go Hiking. With 200 miles of marked hiking trails, and 46 peaks, it is a dream for any outdoor person.
  10. You can even go fishing, canoeing and hunting!
  11. Or Snowshoeing , Ice Climbing and Snowmobiling

Hiker in the Adirondak Forest

Downhill in Lake Placid

MacKenzie Skijump,Lake Placid

Miracle on ice

It was indeed a miracle, a novice US team beating the favorites,Russians and then going on to win the Championship in 1980. All the action happened here in this Ice Arena

An Ice Hockey match in the 1980 Winter Olympics,Lake Placid

Art Devlin Statue

Statue of American Ski jumper Arthur "Art" Donovan Devlin at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

Let me know how you feel!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for information about Lake Placid,New York

    • AliciaAnn89 profile image


      5 years ago from New York

      Great lens! I want to visit Lake Placid, love all of the info you've got here! I have a cabin in Indian Lake, NY, and can say for sure that winter in upstate NY is awesome.


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