Visit Lake Placid
While you may think you are standing in front of - or on, depending on what season you visit in - the town of Lake Placid actually sits on Mirror Lake. Drive a few miles out of town to visit the real Lake Placid.
Installed in 1965, this 3 story slide is perfect for kids aged 3 - 300. Slide down the run on giant toboggans with friends (4 adults max) or choose a smaller one to head down the slide alone. Admission is only $10 a person and you can ride as many time as you want, your tickets last all day.
Dog Sled Ride
If the lake is frozen over during your visit head down and take a ride on a dog sled! The quick loop lasts only a couple of minutes and is 100% worth the $10 fee per person.
Check out Whiteface mountain for the best skiing in the area. Lift tickets are incredibly cheap on the weekdays (only $40) and many specials run on the weekends. The original alpine trails from the 1980 Olympics are still there but have been softened so all can enjoy. Also, the entire facility has expanded to include over 80 trails!
Lake Placid holds over 50 kilometers of cross-country ski trails. Check out Mount Van Hoevenberg, the Cross Country Biathlon Center. During the winter season, Mt. Van Hoevenberg is open daily from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm (trail passes available for purchase until 4:00 pm). For more information, call the Cross Country Ski Center at (518) 523-4436.
Relax at a spa
There are many Spas in the area, but I suggest you indulge in a massage or body scrub at Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa. The beautiful hotel overlooks the lake and has four diamond restaurant on site with spectacular views. The indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna also should not be overlooked. Or, after your massage, simply enjoy a game of checkers next to the fire.
Any winter sports fan should make a stop here. A few notable items on display: Olympic torches from previous games and the suit worn by Kurt Russel in Miracle on Ice. They also have a 4D interactive theater that costs a little extra but is worth it!
There are tons of hiking trails in the area. Check out this article to see some of the best in the region.
Drive the scenic byway
Try and drive into the city during the day and enjoy the beautiful views from the scenic byway. If you come in at night, make sure to spend some time driving it! There are tons of places to stop and take a quick hike or simply enjoy the outdoors.
Skate on the Original Skating Oval from the 1932 Games
There are only a few Olympic sized rinks left in the US and skating on the 400-meter oval is a must do. There is also a loop on Mirror Lake Inn when the lake is completely frozen over as well as an indoor rink in town.
Unique Drinks at KANU Lounge
If you are in the area you CAN NOT miss grabbing a drink from Zachary Blair at KANU Lounge in Whiteface Lodge. This may seem odd but it was one of the highlights of my trip. I don't want to give too much away, so here is the short version: An incredibly friendly and personable bartender asks you odd questions and comes up with crazy concoctions and presentations. Seriously, go see him. It's awesome.
Olympic Jumping Complex
The observation deck at the top hold spectacular views and is a must do if the weather is clear. Sunset is particularly special as the deck looks over the Adirondacks many peaks.
A little pricey, but a truly unique experience, head to the rebuilt track and take a ride with professionals. This is seriously not for the faint of heart, as speeds inside the sled reach over 50 miles per hour.
Adult tickets start at $95 - you can find out more information on their website.