Vacations on a budget: 8 activities that won't cost a dime!
Lake Placid, New York is located in the heart of the Adirondacks. It was the home to two Winter Olympics and the "Miracle on Ice" and offers countless High Peaks and other natural wonders. We know that keeping your vacation on a budget is as important as ensuring it's an unforgettable experience, so we have put together some great options in the area that won't cost you a dime. While you don't want to miss out on the Olympic history the town has to offer you can create some amazing memories while keeping your Adirondack vacation on budget!
- Snow Fun: Mother Nature gives us all we need to have fun while keeping our vacation on budget. The glistenning snow reminds people of all ages how fun it is to build a snowman, a snow cave or even a snowball. For those of us looking for a little more excitement bring your skates or sled and enjoy skating on our private rink on Mirror Lake or slide down the rolling hills at the golf course.
- Geocaching: If you have a smart phone you are ready for this treasure hunt. Geocaching is a scavenger hunt that is participated in across the world and Lake Placid is no exception. Combine the beauty of hiking and walking in the Adirondacks with the excitement of having something to find along the way.
- Snowshoeing: Bring your own or borrow ours and head out on an adventure across the lake or on a backwoods trail. The trails and frozen lake are open access so go out and have fun.
- Walk around Mirror Lake: Take in the incredible beauty of the Adirondacks along the 2.8 mile walk around Mirror Lake. Stroll down Main Street past the toboggan chute and then by the Lake Placid Marina. If you can, take your eyes off the High Peaks that surround you and occasionally look down. The names and altitudes of each of the 46 High Peaks are built into the sidewalk along the way.
- Hiking: Don't miss one of the most amazing things our region has to offer: the view from the top of a mountain! With 46 High Peaks (the tallest in New York state) and plenty of other trails there is an adventure for everyone, no matter what your hiking ambitions may be. Download our free guide to hiking in the Adirondacks.
- Explore Main Street: Lake Placid's Main Street is home to a variety of privately owned shops and outlets alike. Filled with items you won't find anywhere else you can peruse toy shops, clothing stores, and of course stores with Olympic memorabilia. Decorate your home in true Adirondack style with the multitude of Adirondack home furnishing stores to choose from.
- John Brown Farm: This historic landmark contains the home and resting place of abolitinist and Underground Railroad Conductor, John Brown. His home is surrounded by scenic walking trails, picnic areas, and views of the Ski Jumps and the Adirondack High Peaks, all free to stroll through and take some amazing pictures.
- Adirondack Artists Guild: Once you've explored all Mother Nature has to offer head over to Saranac Lake to check out the work of the many talented artists of our region. If you're in town on the first Friday of the month stop by the exhibit opening from 5-7pm, and enjoy the art and refreshments at no charge.
After a long day of exploring our guests can head back to Mirror Lake Inn and enjoy afternoon tea and chocolate chip cookies by the fire or stop by the front desk and pick out a game to play in our library.
There are many more things in the area that do not cost a thing. If you have some favorites that we haven't listed please leave them in the comments below.