Towering mountains. Lush hills. Fresh air. Lakefront lodging. If you like all of these things, you’ll absolutely love Lake Placid. Here, the mountains and lake life meet to bring you an incredible getaway. A celebrated destination for East Coast locals who drive up Interstate 87 and a popular vacation spot from Montreal, Boston, and more, Lake Placid offers the perfect blend of adventure and leisure. And it’s all yours to take in from Placid Bay Hotel.

Outdoor Activities

Lake Placid is a true mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes alike. In the spring and summer months, outdoor recreation in Lake Placid can’t be beat.

  • Whiteface Mountain – Known for its challenging, world-class ski runs, this mountain has been home to two Winter Olympic Games and hosts mountain biking in the summer. Whiteface Mountain is just a 20-minute trip away from our hotel.
  • Keene Valley – Colloquially referred to as “The Home of the High Peaks,” Keene Valley has many of the highest peaks in the Northeast. There are 46 of them, to be exact, taking hikers 4,000 feet above sea level.
  • Experience Outdoors – Experience Outdoors is the adventure complex of your wildest dreams. Partake in any of the 38 zip line or obstacle courses on site.
  • Lake Placid Lake – A haven for boating, fishing, or just plain sunbathing, Lake Placid Lake is a premier destination for sun-filled fun.
  • Van Hoevenberg – Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Winter Olympic Games with Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s skeleton and bobsled track, cross-country skiing trails, and the longest mountain rollercoaster in all of North America, the Cliffside Coaster.


Lake Placid is an epic culinary destination, with a variety of restaurants and bars throughout the downtown area.

  • The Cottage – Set at nearby Mirror Lake Inn, The Cottage is a cozy gathering place that’s beloved by locals. Salads, dips, sandwiches, and tacos are menu mainstays.
  • Lisa G’s – Dine on the waterside patio at Lisa G’s, a dog-friendly spot with stunning views.
  • Players Sports Bar & Grill – Known for its burgers and wings, Players is the place to be for a casual night out or on game night.
  • Jimmy’s 21 – For hearty plates of Italian fare, Jimmy’s 21 is a celebrated restaurant with lakefront seating.
  • Little Thai Kitchen – Stroll down the street to Little Thai Kitchen, with authentic Thai food in a lively, yet intimate atmosphere.

Cultural Attractions

Home to several Olympic Winter Games events and a bustling arts destination, Lake Placid boasts an unparalleled cultural scene.

  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts – Home to live music, comedy shows, classes, and more, the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is a premier arts destination in Lake Placid.
  • Lake Placid Olympic Museum – Did you know Lake Placid is the site of the first Olympic skating arena as well as a variety of historic competitions? Learn all about Lake Placid’s history of world-class sporting events at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.
  • The Wild Center – Set in nearby Tupper Lake, the Wild Center offers guided outdoor experiences by foot or canoe and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Adirondacks.
  • John Brown’s Farm – Recognized as a historic site, John Brown’s Farm is an educational setting that was once the home of abolitionist John Brown.
  • Adirondack Wine & Food Festival – This annual event draws in locals and visitors alike to nearby Lake George, where you can sample food and drink from many of New York’s most celebrated wineries, breweries, distilleries, and artisan eateries.
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