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Lake Placid Region

Essex County is home to great hiking opportunities, world-class alpine skiing and a winter sports history that boasts two Winter Olympic Games. It is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the United States, and was the chosen realm of the Gilded Age glitterati who held court at the Lake Placid Club, a massive resort that overlooked both Mirror Lake and Lake Placid.

Two people in hammocks over looking high peaks

Delight in the Lake Placid Region's diverse events and attractions, from annual sports events like Ironman Lake Placid, and many other community festivals throughout the year. Enjoy unparalleled outdoor recreation in the High Peaks, ski the greatest vertical drop in the east at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, discover New York's military history at historic sites such as Crown Point and Fort Ticonderoga, or simply relax by the lake and enjoy a free summer concert as the sun sets.

The region is home to incredible hiking opportunities and many of the famed Adirondack High Peaks. Go boating or fishing on Adirondack lakes - and enjoy a classic Adirondack getaway.

Lake Placid Sports Culture

Lake Placid gained international fame as host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games. Even decades after these two epic events, the region honors its Olympic heritage, operating as a training ground for each new generation of athletes. Several Olympic venues are open to visitors, including the ski jumping complex, the bobsled run at Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the ice skating rinks on Main Street.

Summer in the Adirondacks offers new outdoor activities, from golfing to road biking. Lake Placid's golf courses boast incredible views, challenging terrain, and sweeping, lush greens. Westport Country Club is a "must play" course for any golfer, and the Saranac Lake Golf Club offers sprawling fairways just outside of the village. Test your golfing skills at the Ticonderoga Country Club located in the scenic Lord Howe Valley.

Nearby, the Whiteface Mountain area in Wilmington boasts mountain biking trails on the High Peaks that thread through forests and along stream beds, and the Lake Champlain bikeways wind through historic communities.

Olympic bobsledding in Lake Placid

Arts & Culture in Lake Placid

The Lake Placid Region offers a vibrant arts scene. Enjoy an evening at the Depot Theatre in Westport, a restored train station overlooking Lake Champlain, or catch a concert or gallery opening at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts.

Find diverse arts events throughout the year, including Songs at Mirror Lake, a free concert series running from July through August. The Lake Placid Film Festival showcases Main Street's Palace Theatre at its finest, featuring a series of films from different genres, including silent movies and documentaries. Nearby, the Upper Jay Art Center, aka Recovery Lounge, offers unique performances, live music, and events in an eclectic theater that serves as an upholstery factory by day - and a performing arts space by night.

Adirondack antique and craft store

Lake Placid Region Fishing

Between the High Peaks in the Lake Placid Region you can discover incredible fishing opportunities year-round. Find world-class fly fishing on the Ausable River where fly-fishing master Francis "Fran" Betters perfected his knowledge of lures, native fish, and fly rod construction.

Fly fishing the Ausable is a tradition for many visitors to the Adirondacks, and the river's fast-moving water creates ideal conditions for experienced sportsmen. If you're looking for spin casting opportunities, head out on one of the region's countless lakes and ponds any time of the year and fish for Bass, Perch, Bullhead and other fish species, including:

  • White Sucker
  • Lake Trout
  • Atlantic Land-locked Salmon
  • Northern Pike Pickerel
  • Smelt
fish in a net

Lake Placid Attractions

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Top Lake Placid Region Events

  • Ironman Lake Placid in Lake Placid
  • The Lake Placid and I Love NY Horseshows in Lake Placid
  • Lake Placid Film Festival in Lake Placid
  • I Love BBQ and Music Festival in Lake Placid
  • Lake Placid LP Summit Lacrosse Tournament in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake
Lake Placid horse show participate

Top Lake Placid Region Attractions

  • John Brown's Farm in Lake Placid
  • 1932 & 1980 Winter Olympic Museum in Lake Placid
  • Mt. Van Hoevenberg Bobsled Track in Lake Placid
  • Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid
  • Adirondack Loj in Lake Placid
     
John Brown Farm

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