Museums and Attractions

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum

Experience the history of the Lake Placid Olympic movement first-hand at The Lake Placid Olympic Museum – This link opens in a new browser tab..  Learn about the local personalities who have competed (a Lake Placid native has competed in almost every Winter Olympics since 1924), check out rarely seen memorabilia and even get a chance to see their vast collection of Olympic Medals.

Address: 2634 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 1.0 miles

Lake Placid Historical Society

Explore the unique history of Lake Placid and the town of North Elba at the Lake Placid Historical Society – This link opens in a new browser tab. housed in the old Lake Placid Train Station.

Address: 242 Station St, Lake Placid, NY 12946 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 2.0 miles

John Brown’s Farm

John Brown’s Farm – This link opens in a new browser tab. is the resting place and homestead of the world-famous abolitionist often credited with sparking the start of the U.S. Civil War.  Captured following a failed raid against the U.S. Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry in 1859, Brown sought to arm the enslaved peoples of the South and lead a rebellion against their oppressors.  Though he was executed before the start of the war, Brown’s legacy lives on in his beautifully restored Lake Placid homestead.

Address: 115 John Brown Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 4.5 miles

High Falls Gorge

A short drive from Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge – This link opens in a new browser tab. offers access to some of the Adirondack’s most dramatic geology.  Hike the network of trails, catwalks and bridges and experience four stunning waterfalls that link the upper and lower reaches of the Ausable River’s West Branch.

Address: 4761 NY-86, Wilmington, NY 12997 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 8.3 miles

Adirondack Wildlife Refuge

Take a walk through the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge – This link opens in a new browser tab. and have the opportunity to come face to face with some of the region’s most iconic animal species.  Housing wolves, bears, birds of prey and more; the refuge rehabilitates injured animals and is the permanent home to those who are unable to be released back into to the wild.

Address: 977 Springfield Rd, Wilmington, NY 12997 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 12.5 miles

The VIC

Part of Paul Smith’s College, The VIC’s – This link opens in a new browser tab. interactive exhibits connect guests with 5 of the 6 primary ecological habitats found within the Adirondack Park.  Stroll along their extensive network of trails and experience the natural beauty of the region.  Don’t forget to check out the Butterfly House and learn about the life stages and migratory patterns of these colorful insects.

Address: 8023 NY-30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 22.5 miles

Wild Center

Immerse yourself in the natural history of the Adirondack Park and experience the wonder of nature at the Wild Center – This link opens in a new browser tab.. Explore a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits featuring local flora and fauna including: porcupines, waterfowl, birds of prey, river otters and local fish. Finally, take the Wild Walk and get a bird’s eye view of the Adirondack canopy as you explore their life-size bird’s nest.

Address: 45 Museum Dr, Tupper Lake, NY 12986 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 29 miles

Ausable Chasm

Explore the “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks” at Ausable Chasm – This link opens in a new browser tab.. Walk, float or raft through this incredible geologic feature and marvel in the awe of its natural beauty.

Address: 2144 U.S. 9, Ausable Chasm, NY 12911 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 37.0 miles

Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Learn about the human and ecological histories of the Adirondacks at the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. From 18th century logging to the rise of the Olympic Movement, the Adirondack Experience – This link opens in a new browser tab. showcases the moments and personalities that helped shape the Adirondack Region. (2021 Season opens July, 1)

Address: 9097 NY-30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812 – This link opens in a new browser tab.
*Distance from the Mirror Lake Inn: 60 miles