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Planning a vacation is hard. It’s no easier when you have a furry friend or two (or three) to plan for, and even harder when you have to leave them at home. I’m here to let you in on a little secret that may just change your traveling life. Lake Placid is super pet friendly! Some will even argue that the dogs outnumber the people in this little Adirondack town. And whether you are looking for a remote camping trip full of adventure or a cozy hotel and a night out on the town, your pets can come along for the ride. Here’s my guide for the perfect pet friendly Lake Placid vacation.   Take... continue reading
 
  It's a big year for Ironman Lake Placid. This July will mark the village's 20th Ironman race, making it the longest running Ironman in North America. From July 16 - July 22, we’re celebrating! But that’s not all we're celebrating — it’s also Ironman’s 40th anniversary. So while all of the other Ironman races are celebrating one achievement, Lake Placid gets to celebrate two. In honor of the 20th race, Lake Placid will have a pop-up exhibit called IMLP Stories (Ironman Lake Placid Stories), located on the second floor of the Conference Center at Lake Placid during athlete check-in.... continue reading
 
The Fourth of July in Lake Placid comes complete with sunshine, live music, a parade, family fun, and exciting nightlife; it's a perfect, old-fashioned, small-town day with world-class events and musical acts worth traveling for. What does a Fourth of July look like in Lake Placid? Well, here is a list of "must dos" so you don't miss a thing! 10 a.m.: It's never too early for music Free, family-fun music with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards in Mid's Park. Your family will enjoy this traveling band, coming all the way from New Orleans. Every member of this band is a music educator, which... continue reading
 
If you came to Lake Placid because you like water, you won't be disappointed. And since we like variety here, you're bound to discover a new way to make waves. So dive into this list and you'll find four ways to get wet when you're in Lake Placid. If you're not into doing it yourself, sign up for a scenic boat tour and enjoy the ride! 1. Motorboat on Lake Placid Imagine the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and mountains on the horizon. Boating on Lake Placid lake guarantees all of the blue sky and blue water you can handle, and it’s easily accessible via the state boat launch.... continue reading
 
When the Lake Placid Horse Show and the I Love New York Horse Show come to Lake Placid, I get so excited. My kids and I can spend an entire day at these events, and then go back day after day for more fun. These are two of the nation's most prestigious equine events, complete with world-class riders and their well-cared-for horses. In fact, the championship hunter and jumper competitors compete for more than $530,000 in prizes and awards. I am not qualified to tell you about judging these competitions, but I can tell you about the outside world of the horse shows. There is so much going on... continue reading
 
Downtown Lake Placid's backdrop is stunning, with mountain views set along the shores of Mirror Lake. People on kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards line up along the water's edge to hear the Songs on the Lake. This seven week music series brings so much to downtown Lake Placid in the summer months, and the very best part is that it's free. Travelers and locals bring blankets and lawn chairs to the grassy area known as Mid's Park. The natural setting is a perfect spot to sit and watch live acts of all kinds, from regional to national. Even famous acts like Rusted Root have played this series.... continue reading
 
Long before Lake Placid became synonymous with the 1980 Winter Olympics and before it was home to an Ironman triathlon and large-scale lacrosse, hockey, and rugby tournaments, it was known for its golf courses. And rightfully so. This compact town, ringed by mountains and lakes, holds five golf courses — all of which boast gorgeous views of the Adirondacks. Our golf heritage has been around since the 1800s, marking it among America’s firsts. History buffs will tell you some of golf's greats have refined their games and even designed the courses here in Lake Placid. Names like Ben Hogan, Joe... continue reading
 
Volunteering at an Ironman race is an incredible and absolutely memorable experience. This year we celebrate our 20th annual event here in Lake Placid and there will be lots of fun celebrations happening throughout race week in recognition of this milestone. Join us as a volunteer on this momentous occasion! Want to know more? Here are our top 5 reasons to volunteer at Ironman Lake Placid—the oldest Ironman race in the continental United States.  Top 5 reasons to volunteer for IRONMAN LAKE PLACID! 5. You meet some amazing people and have... continue reading
 
Winter in Lake Placid can seem to last forever. We enjoy the days on the mountain, skating on Mirror Lake, and cross-country skiing. The cold nights are perfect for snuggling in at your hotel by the fire, or sipping cocktails in the hotel bar. But once the snow starts to melt the excitement really starts to build as we daydream about the impending summer season and our next big adventure. But first...spring. There are many reasons to visit Lake Placid during the spring months. The pleasant temperatures is one of them. The average temps in May and June are between 66 and 74 degrees... continue reading
 
Bigger doesn’t always mean better The High Peaks are an outstanding place to hike, but their summits aren’t as close as they appear. If you’re a first-time visitor, or if you’re new to hiking, we suggest challenging yourself with some of our more modest mountains before bagging one of the big ones. You’ll avoid some of the crowds that gather on our most popular peaks and still get the views you visited for — without all the leg ache and rock scrambling. Pitchoff east Cruise past all of the cars near the Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff west trailheads, and shortly after passing the stunning... continue reading
 

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