8 Lake Placid activities that won't cost you 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 keeping your vacation on a budget is as important as ensuring it's an unforgettable experience, so we have put together some great Lake Placid activities that won't cost you a dime.
1. Watch a Sunrise/Sunset: What is a more inspiring way to start or end your day? As the sun rises and falls its bright glow is brilliantly reflected off the water, enhanced by the moving shadows of immense mountains and caught in the clouds. This creates multiple shades of color ranging from yellowish orange to pink and even purple. While nature is always amazing you need to be surrounded by mountains to enjoy a true alpine glow.
2. 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 the trails of the Adirondacks with the excitement of the hunt for our local treasure and you’ve got geo-caching.
3. Beach Fun: Pristine waterways are abundant in the Adirondacks and easy to access almost anywhere. Enjoy sand, sun and fun with the beauty of some of the High Peaks as the backdrop. If you stay at Mirror Lake Inn our private sandy beach overlooking the high peaks is a highlight, including complimentary boats.
4. 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 name and elevation of each of the 46 High Peaks are built into the sidewalk along the way.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. John Brown Farm: This historic landmark contains the home and resting place of abolitionist 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.
8. 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 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.