Set in the grandeur of the Adirondacks, one of the last great wilderness areas of the East Coast, the Lake Placid region of Essex County offers visiting nature lovers an experience filled with arts, history, education and sports.
Although the village recently celebrated its centennial and visitors began traveling here around the 1880s, it was the Olympic Winter Games in 1932 that catapulted this small picturesque village onto the international stage. Years later in 1980, Lake Placid once again hosted the Games. This time, all eyes were on Lake Placid when speed skater Eric Heiden won five gold medals, and the U.S Men's Hockey Team beat the Soviet squad in what was called the "Miracle On Ice."
Since the Olympic Games, Lake Placid has remained a vital part of winter sports history. Countless world cups in luge, bobsled and skiing have taken place at the former Olympic venues. "Stars on Ice," the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon and other events make Lake Placid the place to be throughout the year.
Lake Placid’s Main Street is loaded with shopping, dining and activities for the whole family.
(Enterprise file photo — Rich Rosentreter)
The Olympic venues are open year-round. Yes, even in the summer you can watch world-class athletes as they train at the Olympic Jumping Complex and Kodak Freestyle Park. Or enjoy one of many ice shows in the Olympic Center on Main Street. While you are here, visit the 1932 and 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum.
Visitors will be delighted with shop-lined Main Street. Peruse through the shops filled with antiques, homemade chocolates, locally made clothing and other Adirondack gifts.
Take a round-trip train ride on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from the historic Lake Placid train station to the historic Union Depot in Saranac Lake. Special events are planned throughout the summer on the railway excursion line.
Don't forget to visit the John Brown Farm State Historic Site on the John Brown Farm Road. Operated by New York state, this farm was home to one of the most notorious abolitionists of the 19th century.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) can help you plan your stay here. For further information on lodging, events or activities, call ROOST at (518) 523-2445 or stop in the Visitor Center at the Mirror Lake beach house. Or go online to www.lakeplacid.com.