Activities in Lake Placid, NY

Outdoor Activities & Things to Do when You Visit

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Thousands of miles of scenic hiking trails, waterfalls, and summits with panoramic views abound in and around Lake Placid, including the famous 46 Hich Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. Download a FREE hiking guide at or pick up a map at a local bookstore to plan the perfect hiking adventure for your skills and abilities.

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Water Sports

Kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddle board in Mirror Lake while taking in the stunning views of the Adirondack Mountains. Or if you prefer speed, rent a boat and cruise around Lake Placid. Lake Placid offers endless options for boating and water sports, such as tubing and water skiing.

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With its many lakes and streams, Lake Placid is a veritable paradise for anglers. You can fish from the shore or from a boat, and there's plenty of opportunity to catch trout, bass, and more.

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Horseback Riding

Enjoy a scenic ride through the forests and pastures of the Adirondacks on horseback. There are many stables in the area to choose from, so you're sure to find one that's just right for you.

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These include the Lake Placid Club, Whiteface Club & Resort, and the Craig Wood Golf & Country Club. Nearby Saranac Lake also has scenic courses for all skill levels.

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Lake Placid and the nearby Whiteface region have emerged as popular biking destinations, offering some of the best and most varied trails and cycling loops in the Adirondacks. The region also hosts annual bike festivals and races. Stop by one of the bike shops in Lake Placid to pick up trail maps and learn about the various cycling events.

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