Lake Placid's Best Kept Secrets

Local Tips, Tricks and Ideas for What to Do in Lake Placid

Like any other tourist town, Lake Placid has its fair share of, well... tourist attractions. And take it from us – seeing where the Miracle on Ice happened, visiting the top of Whiteface Mountain and enjoying a boat tour around Lake Placid are must-dos for first-time visitors.

But we also understand that you might want to see things from the local perspective. So, to help you sift through the many things to do and experience the Adirondack lifestyle, we've gathered a few tips from the locals themselves.

Here are their picks for the best things to do, eat and see while in Lake Placid, local style.

Outdoor Adventures

Hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more – at the top of every Lake Placid local's to-do list is getting outside and enjoying the beautiful place they call home. Try these favorite local outdoor activities:

  • Hiking Mt Jo, Cobble Mountain, and the backside of Mt. Van Hoevenberg
  • Family walks, pets included, at the Peninsula Nature Trails, Heaven Hill on Bear Cub Road, and the Horseshow Grounds
  • Downhill skiing at Whiteface mid-week, or Mt. Pisgah for night-skiing
  • XC skiing or snowshoeing at Cascade Cross Country Ski Center

Eats & Drinks: Foodie Musts

Locals will admit – they're spoiled when it comes to the wide variety of places to eat in Lake Placid. Here are a few food and drink insider tips to experience during your visit:

  • Dinner (or tapas night Thursdays in the off-season) at the Interlaken Inn's Monkey Bar
  • Wing Night on Monday nights at Lisa G's
  • Friday beer + food pairings at Liquids & Solids, specialty meats from Kreature Butchery next door
  • Lunch at The Good Bite Kitchen

Small-Town Events

Lake Placid has big name events like Ironman, winter sports world cups and more – but it's the small-town gatherings that are nearest and dearest to local hearts:

  • Songs at Mirror Lake Free Music Series at Mid's Park on Main Street every summer
  • Live concerts at Smoke Signals
  • Wednesday Farmers' Markets at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts
  • The Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll every December

Best Views in Town

Ask any local and they'll tell you, hiking to the top of a mountain in the Adirondacks is always worth it – but you don't necessarily have to scale great heights to see some of Lake Placid's best views.

  • The 120-meter viewing deck at the Olympic Ski Jumps, accessible via elevator
  • Walking at John Brown Farm
  • The Lake Placid Library
  • Overlooks along Rocky Knob and Plateau Trails at Henry's Woods
  • Cobble Mountain rock face
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