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A Weekend In Lake Placid – What To See And Do

Lake Placid has a wide range of cottages, condominiums, and houses conveniently located in the center of town, near Main Street.  Their proximity to major landmarks like Mirror Lake, the Olympic Center, and Whitehouse Mountain makes them attractive destinations for significant family events like weddings, long romantic weekends, and reunion with friends.

hiking lake placid photo
Photo by jyllish

However, couples and families with small kids would prefer the privacy of cabins.  A cabin feels very much like home, but with a rustic feeling. Imagine waking up to the chirping of birds.

If you want to be close to nature, choose lake placid cabins to rent for weekend trips or school breaks.

Where is Lake Placid?

Before scouting for Lake Placid cabins to rent, let us find out more about the place.

Lake Placid is located in Essex County, New York.  It is a small village in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, one of the most picturesque locales in the country.  If one is driving from New York, it will take around five hours to reach the place.  

Lake Placid was identified as one of the “6 forgotten Vacation Spots” in North America by the U.S. News & World Report in 2010.

Referred to as a “winter wonderland,” Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics twice.  That is why avid skiers visit Lake Placid regularly. 

During fall, visitors enjoy biking and hiking trips around Mirror Lake, one of its top destinations.  

Activities for the family in Lake Placids

Comfortable and cozy cabins make it the ideal environment for family activities. You can enjoy uninterrupted time with the kids at Lake Placid.  This vacation is also the perfect opportunity for parents and couples to recharge and reconnect. 

Here are some creative cabin activities:

  • Campfire
  • Singing or playing music
  • Dancing
  • Reading a good book
  • Storytelling
  • Water balloon fights
  • Yard games
  • Stargazing
  • Board games

What are the major attractions near Lake Placid?

There are many Lake Placid cabins to rent conveniently located near its attractions.  Some are within walking distance or a short drive away.

Here are four popular destinations:

  • Mirror Lake has a path around it that covers two to three miles.  Walkers will enjoy the flat tracks, which are safe and comfortable for small children.  Motor vehicles are not allowed on the lake. Instead, kayaking and canoeing are the usual activities.

During winter, Mirror Lake turns into a giant skating rink, with people sliding down the Toboggan Chute.

  • Mount Jo is a mountain with two trails leading to the summit.  Although it looks short and steep, it is still a good workout. Hikers will enjoy the beautiful colors of the trees during fall.
  • Another nature trail is Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails.  It is perfect for mountain biking, running, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
  • The famous Whitehouse Mountain offers skiing, hiking, gondola rides, and mountain biking.

These are many more attractions in Lake Placid.  Whether you are planning to visit in summer or winter, there is no shortage of things to do.  

If your children insist on bringing their pets, that is not a problem. There are Lake Placid cabins to rent that are pet-friendly. 

Go ahead and book that well-deserved “nature trip” in Lake Placid with your loved ones.  As former AFL player Kevin Heath once said, “Kids will not remember the fancy toy you gave them. What they will remember is the time you have been with them.”  

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