Published on: July 26, 2022

Upstate New York activities schedule

Lake Placid – We have hit full stride on the summer of 2022. As is usually the case in this Upstate New York resort area, there’s never a shortage of things to do or see. Let’s summarize some of them.

Mount Van Hoevenberg: Route 73, five miles from Lake Placid

Thrill-seekers need to jump on the half-mile bobsled ride as well as the Cliffside Coaster, but call ahead for reservations. Phone (518) 523-2811. The bobsled experience is from the half-mile start with driver and brakeman. All of you will be cruising in a sled on wheels. Meanwhile, the coaster is North America’s longest ride on rails. You control the speed.

Wheeled bobsled in the track
The summer bobsled ride is a real thing in Lake Placid

Mountain bikers will enjoy idyllic riding through the Nordic ski trail network.

When it’s all over, relax in a brand new 55,000 square foot lodge.

Olympic Ski Jumping Complex: Route 73 on the edge of Lake Placid

There is the 26 story elevator ride to the top of the 120 meter ski jump tower. But first, ride the gondola to get you to the elevator. The views from this perch are unparalleled.

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, hook yourself onto the zipline. If it’s better seeing others get a rush, watch elite athletes training at the ski jumps and freestyle aerials pool.

Whiteface Mountain: Route 86 in Wilmington

Take the Cloudsplitter Gondola ride at the ski center to the top of Little Whiteface Mountain. A few miles past the ski center, there’s the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway. It’s an eight-mile drive up the state’s fifth highest peak. There is a toll booth at the three-mile point. Park your vehicle at the end of the drive and either hike to the summit, or ride the elevator inside the mountain to the summit. On a clear day, you can see into Montreal. Any day, you can admire all of the Adirondacks.

Olympic Center: Main Street, Lake Placid
This is the site of the Miracle on Ice. There’s an Olympic Museum here as well as indoor ice skating.

Fishing:

We have Mirror Lake and Lake Placid lake at our finger tips as well as the Ausable River. Guided fishing is available through Bear Cub Adventures, but this must be reserved in advance. Gary Marchuk is your guide. Phone 518-523-4339.

Canoeists paddle on a river
Easy paddling on lakes and rivers in the Adirondacks

Hiking:

This is the #1 activity in the region. There are 46 Adirondack peaks for all levels of ability and exertion. Our website has a page with hiking info. You can walk around Mirror Lake from your  hotel room – it’s less than three miles and all paved with no hills. Within a few minutes of the inn, you can hit many other walks and hikes from all day and overnight trips, to one and two hour excursions.

Also:

Ride the one hour boat tour around Lake Placid lake. It comes with narration and tells you the history of the lake and some of its well-known inhabitants. The marina is walking distance from the hotel.

One should make time to walk our Main Street with its many shops and restaurants. You’ll come upon Mid’s Park, a large lakeside park just off the street where people relax and eat/drink on the lawn overlooking the lake. It’s the site of two free concerts each week: Songs at Mirror Lake on Tuesday nights, followed by the Lake Placid Sinfonietta each Wednesday evening. Show times are 7 PM.

Make a visit to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, about two miles from the inn. The Open Sky Festival there is set for Aug. 11-14, featuring Emmylou Harris, Martin Sexton, the Hillbenders and the Spin Doctors performing under the stars. Purchase tickets from the website.

For more information and recommendations, please stop by our helpful front desk at the Mirror Lake Inn.