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Lake Placid, New York

A Year Round Destination!

Each year Lake Placid plays host to a myriad of events from world-class sporting competitions to internationally renowned orchestras and musicians. Lake Placid is most famous for our winter sporting facilities and events; however, it is a four season destination. In the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Park, hiking, skiing and wilderness exploration are all just a few minutes away.

Summer Sendoff!

Summer in Lake Placid is one of the busiest times of year. Most of the summer residents and home owners return to the area, more than doubling the population. Visitors also flock to the area over these months for the beautiful weather and many exciting events that take place. The Lake Placid and I Love New York Horse shows mark the official start of the summer season at the end of June. For the past decade, the Lake Placid IronMan competition draws thousands of competitors with Iron-mania in the second half of July. Rugby and lacrosse tournaments dominate August. Other events include the I Love BBQ festival in July, the free sinfonietta concerts, the weekly Mini-Triathlons and the Lake Placid Marathon in June.

Fall Foliage

Fall brings with it a dramatic display of color and light. This is the best season for hiking and exploring the Lake Placid wilderness. Temperatures are mild and the majority of the summer crowds have gone. The Lake Placid Half Marathon and Whiteface Uphill races lure athletes. Bikers tour miles of beautiful winding mountain roads. Golfers play marathon rounds on four local courses. As October wanes and the leaves fall, hockey dominates the area. Tournaments and school games take place at the Olympic Arena in the heart of downtown Lake Placid. In addition, Stars on Ice is a Thanksgiving Weekend tradition!


Welcome to Our Winter Wonderland!

Snowfall brings skiers and riders to Whiteface Mountain. Although it is best known as the mountain with the highest vertical drop east of the Mississippi, don’t let its tough reputation fool you. Whiteface has a gentle side as well with one of the best Kid’s Campuses in the nation and plenty of terrain for beginner and intermediate skiers. All sorts of World Cup events are held at various Olympic venues including the Ski Jumps, Whiteface and the Bobsled/Luge Track. Mirror Lake is transformed into a frozen playground for winter activity such as pond hockey games, cross country skiers and dogsled rides. Back country skiers, ice climbers and snowshoers have six million acres to discover. The Village of Lake Placid is a picturesque mountain town with delectable restaurants, amazing shopping and incredible nightlife. You’ll find yourself transported to a simpler time of warm spirits and good friends.

Spring Fever

By the time April comes along, locals are ready to shake the snow off and put their skis away. Summer is right around the corner. Hockey again dominates the calendar filling the Olympic Center on most weekends. Fly fishing and river rafting are very popular events in the spring.

Check our event calendar to see exactly what we’re doing in the spring!

Events in Lake Placid, New York

What Should We Do?

Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole

Lake Placid, New York

Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole is a Christmas themed family amusement park in the heart of the Adirondack High Peaks region with rides, shows and shops for children and adults of all ages. Established in 1949, Santa’s Workshop is known as the forerunner of present-day theme parks in the United States. There are many different attractions ranging from a candy making shop to a reindeer barn. There are also rides and shows for children of all ages (even those who are just kids at heart). Santa’s Workshop is open from June through November (with a few breaks so the elves can make toys), and it reopens in the end of November through December for the Village of Lights. For more information about dates and pricing please visit www.northpoleny.com.

Lake Placid Ironman!

Lake Placid is proud to host the Lake Placid Ironman for the past 10 years. The Lake Placid Ironman is the ironman.jpgqualifying race for the Hawaii Ironman. The Lake Placid course presents challenging sections on both the bike and run courses that give nearly 2,000 competitors a workout to remember. The 2.4-mile swim takes place in the pristine Mirror Lake and guests of the Golden Arrow can watch it from the balconies of their lakeside guest rooms or on the private beach. The challenging 112-mile bike course winds through the Adirondack Mountains, and is both scenic and tough – what more could a tri-athlete want? The 26.2-mile run is no picnic, either, and offers up some of the best views in the Adirondacks including the towering ski jumps. Put it all together and you have the essence of Ironman … a race that captures both the beauty and the challenges of the area, and the sport.

I Love BBQ Festival

Lake Placid, New York
Early July
The Lake Placid I Love BBQ Festival is a three-day community festival that takes place in early July, featuring music, kid’s rides, food demonstrations and a professional barbecue competition sanctioned by Kansas City Barbecue Society. The competition brings in some of the best culinary BBQ talent in the nation. And it is delicious! Making it even better is that the money raised by this event helps to fund the Shipman Youth Center which is a local recreation center for Lake Placid’s youth.

Lake Placid Marathon

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is Proud to be the Official Host Hotel

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort is proud to be the host hotel for the Lake Placid Marathon since its inception. The Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon Courses have to be some of the most scenic in the world. The volunteers are encouraging and friendly, the announcers are hilarious, the course is pretty accommodating (except for those two big hills) and the race is high energy! The start and finish lines are literally steps from our front door. Those supporting friends and family can grab some of the best coffee in town right here at the hotel, then look out the window of our lobby and watch the beginning of the race run right by us!

Winter Carnival

End of January- Beginning of February

The Lake Placid Winter Carnival takes place towards the end of January. It involves the Lake Placid High School with some pageantry events such as the crowning of the king and queen.

The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, in early February, is the longest-running event of its kind in the eastern United States. It began as a one-day event to break the monotony of the long Adirondack winter. The carnival has grown into a 10-day festival that includes sporting activities, dances, dramatic and musical productions, two parades (one especially for children) and two sets of fireworks above the world-famous Ice Palace. In spite of the many changes, the carnival has retained the warmth, charm and camaraderie of a family and community celebration, replete with reunions of friends and families. The events range from a parade to womens cast iron pan throwing. Yes, pan throwing.

Lake Placid Sinfonietta

The intimate theater of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is the setting for the Summer Concert Series performances that include masterworks and classical treasures, as well as concerts designed for children and seniors. Ever since 2006 there have been free community Pops in the Park concerts in newly redesigned “Mids Park” in downtown Lake Placid. These summer concerts are highly attended and one of the many cultural opportunities Lake Placid summer visitors have the pleasure of enjoying.

Flaming Leaves Festival

Lake Placid, New York
This annual two-day event has something for everyone in the family – from watching the best ski jumpers in North America compete, live blues bands, tempting barbecue and great brews, a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, a petting zoo with pony rides, arts and crafts – all with unparalleled views of the Adirondacks and the peak fall foliage. Bring your skis or board – Saturdays usually feature a rail jam too. Take a chair lift or elevator to the top of the famed 120-meter ski jump for some of the best views in the Adirondacks during the peak fall foliage. Music and vendors daily and the Flaming Leaves Ski Jump competition begin each day at noon. Join us for one of the most exciting events of the fall season!

Oktoberfest at Whiteface Mountain

Lake Placid, New York
Come join us at Whiteface for a great time at the Annual Whiteface Oktoberfest! We will be featuring authentic Bavarian music, dancing, food and beer, as well as complimentary rides and activities for both kids and adults, including some amazing craft vendors! In addition, there will be discounted rides on our Cloudsplitter Gondola that will take you to the majestic summit of Little Whiteface.

Pendragon Theatre

Lake Placid, New York
Pendragon Theatre is an ensemble of artists, based in the Adirondacks, dedicated to preserving the vitality and enhancing the quality of professional theatre through year round performance and education programs. The Pendragon has been entertaining the North Country since 1980 with an average of six plays a year (maybe more if they have time).

Area Attractions – Lake Placid, New York

What Should We See?

Do You Believe in Miracles?

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.

Toboggan Chute

Lake Placid, New York
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

Lake Placid, New York
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

Keeseville, New York
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.


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