Area Attractions - Lake Placid, New York
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Lake Placid's Olympic Village, New York
Experience the tradition and history of Lake Placid’s Olympic Village. During the 1980 Winter Olympics, USA’s team of underdogs defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union powerhouse to bring home the prestigious gold medal. Touted as one of the greatest sports moments of the 20th Century, the Herb Brooks Arena, where all the magic took place, has become a nationally recognized center for ice hockey.
The Lake Placid Toboggan Slide, located on Parkside Drive adjacent to the post office, has been in operation since the 1960s. The North Elba Park District currently operates the slide. A 30-foot-high converted ski jump trestle sends toboggans down ice covered chutes onto frozen Mirror Lake. Depending on weather conditions toboggans can travel over 1,000 feet once they reach the frozen lake surface. To insure the safety of riders, only one sled is sent down at a time. Families have always said that their visit to the Toboggan Slide was a highlight of their winter vacation.
High Falls Gorge
High Falls Gorge is open year round with snowshoe treks in the winter months followed by complimentary marshmallows and hot chocolate. And in the summer months you can take the half-mile round trip walk and watch the famous Ausable River as it explodes into deep crevices in its 700-foot journey through ancient granite cliffs formed over a billion years ago by the forces of ice, water and wind. High Falls Gorge is also handicap-accessible.
The Ausable Chasm
The oldest and largest natural attraction in the Adirondacks and the oldest natural attraction in the USA (est. 1870)! More than 10 million visitors have explored Ausable Chasm. The amazing sights of the chasm will take your breath away. Enjoy walking along our towering cliff walks in the midst of a primeval forest that peers into the chasm from many scenic overlooks and vistas. Descend 150 feet to walk along our famous Inner Sanctum trail that has amazed travelers for 138 years! Sturdy walkways, bridges and stairs make this adventure possible - a unique experience that is not to be missed! While inside, ride the legendary Ausable River with your family in a river raft or choose an inner tube for a one-of-a-kind adventure. You can raft or tube down the “Grand Flume” past the “Broken Needle” and cruise through the rapids of “Whirlpool Basin”. At night there is a “Lantern Tour” which is the only guided tour. The tour starts at dusk; you enter at the chasm rim, descend 150 feet and walk along the gushing Ausable River.
John Brown's Farm, Adirondack Mountains
Lake Placid, New York
High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song "John Brown's body lies a-moldering in the grave," but most do not associate the words with this simple farm at North Elba, New York. On the night of October 16, 1859, Brown and his followers assaulted the U.S. Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, planning to use the captured arms in an extensive campaign for the liberation of the slaves in the South. Brown was captured on October 18, 1859, imprisoned at Charlestown, Virginia, tried by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hung on December 2, 1859. His body was returned to North Elba and was buried in front of his home on December 8, 1859. The remains of several of Brown's followers, who fought and died at Harper's Ferry, were moved to this small graveyard in 1899. You can take a guided tour around the quaint farm house and the grave site. Or take a hike through the acres of land surrounding the property.