10 Budget-friendly Things to do in Lake Placid That You Shouldn't Miss

May 17, 2022 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Maybe you're not an Olympian, but if you're looking for a top-notch winter sports destination, Lake Placid is the place for you. Try bobsledding, downhill skiing, ice climbing, speed skating or even ski jumping, or just enjoy shopping in the town's boutiques and warming up in one of the many restaurants. But Lake Placid isn't just a winter wonderland. Beautiful Adirondack State Park, which is larger than Yosemite or Yellowstone National Parks, offers year-round outdoor activities.
Restaurants in Lake Placid

1. Boots and Birdies Miniature Golf

1991 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946-1130 +1 518-837-5309 http://www.bootsandbirdies.com
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5.0 based on 52 reviews

Boots and Birdies Miniature Golf

Boots and Birdies is a unique family fun center that has 18 challenging holes of miniature golf along with a mining sleuth for gemstone mining.

Reviewed By Tchrmom06 - West Babylon, United States

We ran around Lake Placid all day and wanted to unwind. As we were heading back to our motel, we spotted Boots and Birdies mini golf. We hadn't done this in years and I'm glad we did! Very nice course. Kids will like it for the caves! A fun activity that won't break the bank!

2. Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid, NY 12946 +1 518-637-6859 http://www.ausableriver.org/watershed/lakes/mirror-lake
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5.0 based on 1,026 reviews

Mirror Lake

Reviewed By luvtotravel6768 - Simcoe, Canada

Mirror Lake has it all - wonderful views; calm lake water; a 2.7 mile interlocking brick pathway all the way around, including part of the downtown street; a small sandy beach; a toboggan run in winter right onto the frozen lake!; kayaks to rent; flowers and flowering shrubs in May/June; and I must have forgotten something! We walked the loop 3 times during our week's stay, and saw walkers, joggers, families, mom's with strollers! Mirror Lake is well worth the stay in Lake Placid!

3. Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station

157 Bear Cub Ln, Lake Placid, NY 12946-3114 +1 518-523-9337 http://blogs.cornell.edu/cornellmaple/uihlein-research-forest/
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5.0 based on 21 reviews

Uihlein Sugar Maple Research  & Extension Field Station

Reviewed By Mel_D_Loves2Travel

Stumbled across this place 4 years ago and had to go back this trip to Lake Placid to pick up their delicious maple syrup. It's truly the best.

4. Experience Outdoors, LLC

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Experience Outdoors, LLC

Nestled on Scott's Cobble Mountain in Lake Placid, NY. We offer a Zip Line tour consisting of 6 zip lines and an ATV ride up to the top of the mountain to start. With our lines totaling over 2000', how would you like to explore the forest like Tarzan did? Tours will last about 2 hours and we can accommodate up to 8 people at a time. Zip Line Tours run at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, & 4pm. We also offer Team Building Programs and Guided Services for all outdoor activities. Call us for more information!

5. Olympic Ski Jump Complex

Route 73, Lake Placid, NY +1 518-523-2202 [email protected] http://lakeplacidolympicsites.com/olympic-sites/jumping-complex/
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4.5 based on 1,147 reviews

Olympic Ski Jump Complex

Visitors to this year-round training and competition site can watch daring ski-divers, or take an elevator to a platform to see how high Olympic skiers jump.

Reviewed By jimkC1474NO - Howell, United States

We spent a little over an hour at the Olympic Ski Jump Complex. We took the gondola ride to the top of the mountain, which takes only a few minutes. From there you transition to a glass elevator ride to the top of the largest ski jump which provides scenic views of the surrounding mountains. The ski jumps are so much higher than they appear on television and show just how daring (or crazy) ski jumpers are. New respect for ski jumpers! The venue is clean, masks are required and there is a little shop for souvenirs.

6. John Brown Farm State Historic Site

2 John Brown Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946-3245 +1 518-523-3900 http://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/29/details.aspx
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4.5 based on 261 reviews

John Brown Farm State Historic Site

This National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site contains the home and final resting place of the Underground Railroad conductor and insurrectionist, who moved here in an attempt to establish a community of freed slaves and abolitionists.

Reviewed By 123Nishi - New York City, United States

Located in North Elba, just behind the Olympic ski jump in Lake Placid, this farm was home of John Brown. An American abolitionist whose raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859 made him a martyr to the antislavery cause and was unintentionally instrumental in heightening sectional animosities that led to the American Civil War. This history of urban African American failed settlements in the area is touching. There are some wonderful walks behind the farm. A must to visit.

7. High Peaks Information Center

Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946-4206 +1 518-523-3441 http://www.adk.org
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High Peaks Information Center

For your next trip to the Adirondacks, stop in here for maps, guides, hiking equipment and camping supplies.

Reviewed By 714chuckm - Orchard Park, United States

I have fond memories of this place form childhood. Updated in 2018 it now includes a small fast-food restaurant at the top. granted it was $62 for 2 burgers and a taco, but at least it was tasty! Great place to start any hike. Showers not currently open due to COVID.

8. Jack Rabbit Trail

Lake Placid, NY http://www.jackrabbittrail.org/
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4.5 based on 29 reviews

Jack Rabbit Trail

9. Lake Placid Marina and Boat Tours

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Lake Placid Marina and Boat Tours

Wilderness beauty. Adirondack history. Serenity. Cruise the pristine waters of Lake Placid in one of our enclosed pontoon boats. The hour-long, narrated tour travels 16 miles on one of the world's most beautiful lakes. See and hear about the stately manors situated along the shore, Adirondack wildlife, and Whiteface Mountain, site of the alpine events during the 1980 Winter Olympic Games. A Lake Placid boat tour is a must for all visitors to the Adirondacks. Rain or shine, it is truly a delightful experience.

10. Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails

Peninsula Way, Lake Placid, NY
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4.5 based on 99 reviews

Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails

Reviewed By lsg08091964

Didn't get to wander the entire area, but what I did see here of the trails was lovely. There are some rocks and tree roots sticking out of the ground, so anyone who is elderly or does not have stable footing will have to watch their step, but I found the trails to be over-all, pretty easy and for any age level. This is one of the very few ways you can see Lake Placid itself via public access as the lake shore trail goes right up to it. Maps are available at the trail head, and be sure to sign the register so the folks who monitor this land area can help to keep it open to the public, and keep it out of the hands of land developers and private interests. Dogs are welcome, but PLEASE clean up after them. Poop is a pain to get out of the grooves on hiking boots. A beautiful place to bond with nature for any hiker level.Planning to come back and spend an entire day next time I visit.

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