Lake Placid has an interesting range of activities for such a small town. Because of its close proximity to the Adirondack Mountains, it offers the most scenic and beautiful views in the region. Look into the towering mountain peaks, forested parks, and crystal clear lakes. Here is a list of places you can visit in Lake Placid.
Mirror Lake has a breathtaking view of the Village of Lake Placid. In most days, the reflection of the town can be clearly seen from the lake. The local government does not allow any motorized vessel on the lake so it is always nice to go paddle boarding or kayaking without any distractions. You can enjoy walking along its 2.7 miles path along its shores or hike in its surrounding forests. At the end of the lake is where the held the swimming part of the Ironman Triathlon.
High Falls Gorge
Just a few miles from Lake Placid and Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort, you can find for impressive waterfalls covering rocks and deep crevices which have carved more than a billion year ago. The perfect way to get closer to this marvelous wonder of nature is a half-hour trail to the Gorge. The trail is made for everyone to enjoy this fantastic view. Traverse through bridges, walk on glass floor walkways and well-paved trails. There is even a wheelchair accessible path which leaves room for everybody to see the waterfalls. During winter, High Falls Gorge has another amazing view with its ice formations.
Located in the Adirondack in the High Peaks area, Mount Jo stands 2876 feet from the ground. About seven miles from Lake Placid, you can find the beautiful Heart Lake and the historic Adirondack Loj. Enjoy a hike with two trails that lead to the mountain peak. One trail is easy to climb, perfect if you are hauling the whole pack. The other trail is a short and steep ascendant for the more adventurous mind. Autumn season is probably the best time to go in Mount Jo as the forest is teeming with colors and little creatures.
Lake Placid Olympic Museum
Lake Placid is so marvelous that it hosted two Winter Olympics, the only place in North America to do so. The museum marks the both Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980. Inaugurated in 1994, it features the effects of both events to the region. Located in the Olympic Center, the museum exhibits memorabilia and equipment used by the athletes from the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games. It even hosted the Olympic torch parade during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Lake Placid Olympic Museum is a destination itself for your pack, where Lake Placid film forum is held yearly.
John Brown Farm
For an off the beaten path destination and a little bit of nature trip of the side, John Brown Farm will delight your family. It is the home of John Brown, the Underground Railroad conductor, and insurrectionist who moved to the Adirondack Mountains to free slaves. Unfortunately, he was captured and hanged to death on December 2, 1859, after attacking the US Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry. You can look around and explore the grounds. The farm is still fully furnished with his personal belongings and period furniture.
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