Published on: July 15, 2021

Adventure activities in the Adirondacks

LAKE PLACID – Yes, we have the word “placid” in our name. Our village is certainly that for people who wish to visit our Upstate New York destination for rest and relaxation. But for those of you wishing to get the heart rate up, stand by for these adventure activities in the Adirondacks.

Cliffside Coaster

Cliffside Coaster in Lake Placid
The Cliffside Coaster in Lake Placid takes you on rails alongside the 1932 and 980 bobsled track

The Cliffside Coaster in Lake Placid takes you on rails alongside the 1932 and 1980 bobsled trackThis ride on rails at Mount Van Hoevenberg – This link opens in a new window. takes you alongside the 1932 and 1980 Olympic bobsled track. The first part of this cool Adirondack experience is educational in nature as you learn about Lake Placid’s legacy in bobsled, luge and skeleton. Then hop on the coaster for the trip to the base of the mountain. You control the speed. Click on the following link and have a look: https://youtu.be/ZluS8p5-bSE – This link opens in a new window..

This is the longest such ride in the nation.

Summer bobsled ride

Bobsledding in the summer – that’s a joke, right? In Lake Placid – This link opens in a new window., this isn’t fiction. You can actually ride a wheeled bobsled – This link opens in a new window. with a trained driver and brakeman. They will bring your party down the lower half-mile of the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton run. This track is used all winter (from the very top) by the world’s top sliding athletes in training and international competition. Now’s your chance to take home bragging rights in an adrenaline-filled summer ride.

This experience includes a photo of your team, a lapel pin and commemorative T-shirt.

Ziplines

Experience Outdoors – This link opens in a new window. and the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex offer ziplines. The former builds 3 ziplines into its Adventure Park, which includes 38 suspended elements. You’ll start the process at lower heights and gradually progress further above ground. But don’t worry – you can use one of 3 exit points if you start to feel uncomfortable.

The latter venue will give you a ski jumper’s perspective like none other. It’s the Sky Flyer Zipline – This link opens in a new window., where you “fly” parallel to the ski jumps. As a bonus, you’ll enjoy spectacular 360-degree views of the Adirondack Mountains. This venue also includes a state-of-the-art gondola ride, and an elevator that takes you to the top of the 120-meter ski jump tower.

There you have it. Don’t let our name define the entire Lake Placid experience for you. Remember, this is the village where its reputation was carved by high-speed Olympic events. And you can get those same thrills in summer as well as winter.

Cover image courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Cliffside Coaster image courtesy ORDA