Local Area Attractions
Lake Placid Olympic Attractions & Site Tour
This area includes attractions like Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, Whiteface Mountain, Olympic Center Ice Arena and Olympic Museum, Public Ice Skating, The Olympic Jumping Complex and Skydeck, Olympic Bobsled and Luge Run Trolley Tour, Summer Bobsled Ride, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Mountain Bike Center and Mt. Van Hoevenberg Horseback Riding Center. See www.orda.org for more information.
Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway
After an eight mile climb on wheels, a short hike or a ride in the in-mountain elevator will bring you to some of the greatest views in the Adirondacks. 360 degree views allow you to revel in the beauty that surrounds us. Open from Mid May to October, this is a must on any travelers list when visiting the Adirondack Park.
Whiteface Mountain Gondola "Cloudsplitter" Rides
It's like a bird's eye view—in flight. The eight-person Cloudsplitter Gondola carries you and your family from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface. You'll see Lake Placid and its namesake village. To the east lies Lake Champlain. To the south stand the tallest peaks in New York State. You'll spot the ski jumps and the Ausable River. At the top, an observation deck and picnic area await you. These are some of the country's best views, and this is the best way to see them.
Step back in time as you walk nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone. Add a scenic raft ride and float the legendary waters of the Ausable River through a maze of breathtaking rock formations sculpted over thousands of years by the river's currents. Open since 1870, this is one of America's oldest attractions.
Our campground is located in New York State’s beautiful Adirondack Park and our KOA reflects the true beauty of the Adirondacks.
We have 70 scenic acres of towering white birch and pine trees at the base of Whiteface Mountain. We are located along a half mile of the trout famous Ausable River, with a magnificent gorge and waterfalls. We have a spacious "Adirondack style" lodge perfect for your family reunions and club rally’s. The Lake Placid Whiteface Mountain KOA offers a variety of activities on premise such as Bingo, movies, ice cream socials, breakfast, BBQ’s and on special occasions DJ music. We have a swimming pool and a children’s wading pool, not to mention tennis, mini golf, basketball and fun cycles. The region is famous for its outdoor activities and we offer canoe and kayak rentals.
All your adventures lead right from the Lake Placid Whiteface Mountain KOA. Being located in the spectacular Olympic Region affords our KOA the opportunity to share the many unique attractions of the area. A popular attraction is the Lake Placid Olympic Site Tour which includes all the facilities used for the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, High Falls Gorge, Ausable Chasm, just to get you started. The combination of breathtaking beauty, convenience, varied events and attractions keeps our campers satisfied and anxious to return.
John Brown’s Farm
High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Brown's final prophesy, "I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done,“ was soon to be realized in the Civil War.
Burlington, VT by Ferry
Visit the Teddy Bear Factory & Shelbourne Museum
Olympic Site Tour
For the 1980 Games, the Olympic Center in Lake Placid was expanded to include two new arenas, a snow-making system at Whiteface Mountain, the old ski jump was torn down, new 70- and 90- meter ski jumping towers were built, and an Olympic Village was built to house the athletes.
The Olympic Sites Passport gives you access to all of the Olympic venues—from Whiteface to the Olympic Sports Complex and everything in between, and can be purchased at our front desk. The Passport saves time and money, and gets you into the venues at a good value.
The Olympic Sites Passport Includes one time admission to:•Whiteface - A scenic ride to the top of Little Whiteface on the Cloudsplitter Gondola (summer/winter)
Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway—drive up to the summit, enjoy the views from the castle and look-out point (summer only)•The Olympic Center - Lake Placid Olympic Museum—watch never released historical footage of the 1980 Miracle on Ice game (summer/winter)•Olympic Sports Complex - Take a tour of our the world class combined bobsled/luge/skeleton track (summer/winter)•Olympic Jumping Complex - Tour the facility and ride the elevator to the skydeck on top of the 120m jump tower (summer/winter)In addition, with the Passport, you’ll receive discounts at a variety of Olympic experiences.
Visitor Interpretive Centers
The Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smiths, NY, offers a wide variety of free and fee-based art, sports, and educational programs throughout the year, including bird walks and nature walks, art exhibits, and naturalist-led paddles. An adjacent Butterfly House features butterflies & moths in all stages of development.
With 6 miles of interpretive trails and 8 miles of back country trails, the 3,000-acre VIC showcases the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and provides unparalleled opportunities to view, hear, photograph, and enjoy nature. The trails weave through woodland and marshland, by ponds, brooks, and bogs.
Lake Placid Historical Society Museum
The Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society was created in 1948 for the purpose of documenting the history of the Village of Lake Placid and the Town of North Elba. Located in the Penn Central Train Station, their mission is to preserve and present the community’s history in ways that are educational and enriching for residents and visitors.