Planning Your Lake Placid Summer Vacation

Lake Placid Summer Vacation

A well known winter resort destination, Lake Placid, NY is a perfect getaway spot for all four seasons. If you haven’t visited during the warmer months, add planning a Lake Placid summer vacation to your do list, right now! This picturesque mountain village offers plenty of opportunity to explore and relax your summer days away.

While summer is one of the busier tourist seasons, you can avoid the crowds at most local businesses, events and attractions by doing some careful planning ahead of time. Read our handy guide below for tips on how to make the most of your Lake Placid summer vacation. From the best indoor and outdoor activities, info on world class events and where to find relaxation, we have all the essentials right here to help you plan your trip.

4 Tips for Planning Your Lake Placid Summer Vacation

1. Get Outside As Much As Possible

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Lake Placid in every season to explore the beautiful mountains, lakes, and wilderness trails of the region. Whether you are looking for an adrenaline filled backcountry adventure, a quiet camping trip in wilderness solitude, or a nice day’s drive or ride to see the sights from the road, Lake Placid is the perfect home base for your vacation.

The village is surrounded by majestic mountains and includes two gorgeous lakes. Scenic roadways leave the village in several directions, and there are plenty of nearby trails for walks and mountain biking. Generally, Adirondack summers provide some great weather to enjoy outdoor adventures. With temps between the upper 60’s to low 80’s, there isn’t a better time to plan your Lake Placid summer vacation.


Hikers come from all over the world to explore the Adirondack mountains surrounding Lake Placid. There are a number of hiking challenges in the region, including the Lake Placid 9’er. The biggest challenge by far is the Adirondack 46’er, and many of these peaks are close to Lake Placid. For the more casual hiker, there are many smaller hills and mountains, like Cobble Hill right in the village, to offer lots of hiking variety.


For all the water lovers out there, Lake Placid village is home to Mirror Lake at the center of town and Lake Placid Lake just across the street. Mirror Lake is the smaller of the two lakes, and features a public beach, playground and boating for paddlers and small trolling motors. Larger motorized boats are permitted on Lake Placid which is a large enough lake to provide plenty of opportunity to explore and see historic camps on the shoreline.


One of the best parts of being in the Lake Placid region is getting from point A to point B on any of the gorgeous scenic roadways in the area. Whether you are hopping on your bike or going for a cruise in your vehicle, the roads that wind through and over the mountains or follow the rivers offer some magnificent views. Some of the best views in the Lake Placid region can be seen as you head out of town on Route 73 towards Keene and take in the beauty of the Cascades.


One of the newest recreation resources to be developed in the Lake Placid Region is the Adirondack Rail Trail system which will eventually run from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake. This trail system currently runs to Saranac Lake and follows the old railroad beds for a fairly level trail system that is open for biking and walking. Other trail systems in the area that are popular with visitors and locals alike include the Peninsula trails and Heaven Hill trails.

2. Find Indoor Activities for Rainy Days

Unfortunately, rainy days do happen in the Adirondacks too! While a rainy day can put a damper on any outdoor activities you may have planned on your Lake Placid summer vacation, not to worry. Lake Placid has just as many options for fun indoors as it does out!

  • Palace Movie Theatre Catch a movie in a classic movie theatre on Main Street Lake Placid
  • The Peaks Paintbar – Get a group of friends or family together to stop by The Peaks Paintbar and enjoy a paint and sip.
  • Lake Placid Center For The Arts Events – The LPCA offers a wide variety of summer events with the most notable being Sinfonetta.
  • Arcade – Another new attraction to Main Street Lake Placid, check out Faizy’s Fun House.
  • Bowling – Under new management and recently renovated, stop by Big Z at the Lake Placid Lanes.
  • Visit The Olympic Venues – Get into the Olympic Spirit and visit one of the historic and exciting Olympic Venues. The Olympic Center in downtown Lake Placid offers events at the rinks or in the museum. Head out to the Ski Jumps to go on a gondola ride or head out to Mt. Van Hoevenberg’s sky coaster or luge and bobsled simulations.

3. Attend World Class Events

When planning your Lake Placid summer vacation, don’t miss out on the many exciting events offered in the summer months. These include the Lake Placid Horseshows, Ironman, Lake Placid Summit Classic Lacrosse Tournament, and CanAm Rugby. Bringing lots of excitement to town, these events offer a chance to compete in your favorite sport or spectate and cheer on athletes in a sport you may not have experienced before.

There are also many other events occurring at the Olympic Venues on an ongoing basis. Depending on the weekend, you may be able to catch hockey and figure skating at the Olympic Center. Also, this year Mt. VanHoevenburg is hosting the Lake Placid Trail Challenge in August and the UCI Mountain Biking competition in September.

4. Relax & Put Your Feet Up

Whether you are recovering from a long day of exploring the lakes and mountains or are simply looking for an opportunity to chillax, Lake Placid offers plenty of opportunity to escape the hectic hamster wheel of everyday life. When planning your Lake Placid summer vacation, there are plenty of places to stay that have amenities and features to support your relaxation.

Many of the vacation homes in the region offer features such as screened in porches or gazebos. These outdoor living spaces allow you to slow down and appreciate the sounds of nature and peacefulness of the Adirondacks without venturing away from your rental. At Adirondack Premier Properties, many of the vacation rentals in our inventory feature a screened porch, covered porch or furnished deck to help facilitate often needed relaxation.

Another relaxation option for music lovers is to catch an outdoor show. On Tuesdays nights during the summer, stop by Mid’s Park to enjoy Songs at Mirror Lake and see a wide variety of musical acts perform.

For help in planning your Lake Placid summer vacation, our experienced team at Adirondack Premier Properties is here for you. To take advantage of the many Adirondack adventure and relaxation opportunities that await, contact one of our vacation rental specialists today at (518) 523-3333. We’ll help you find the perfect vacation home for your Adirondack getaway!

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