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Popular amenities for Lake Placid vacation rentals

Stay near Lake Placid's top sights

Mirror Lake35 locals recommend
Lake Placid Olympic Museum44 locals recommend
Smoke Signals74 locals recommend
Lisa G's98 locals recommend
The Great Adirondack Brewing Co. and Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood Co.24 locals recommend
the breakfast club, etc33 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Lake Placid

  • Total rentals

    530 properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    20 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    130 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    390 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    27K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $70 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Lake Placid

All about Lake Placid

The upstate New York mountain town of Lake Placid has become synonymous with the Winter Olympics for good reason: it hosted the games in 1932 and again in 1980. After all, the mix of stunning peaks, rolling hills, and expansive lakes provides all the essentials for the global competition. Despite its brushes with fame, most of the time, the area lives up to its name as a serene getaway. The village, which actually sits at the bottom edge of its namesake lake, is filled with locally owned shops and restaurants — and showcases a laidback lifestyle. But those with Olympic dreams can still find high-adrenaline adventure year round, whether it’s hiking, biking, paddling, skiing, or snowmobiling.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake Placid

Lake Placid’s knack for snowy scenery shows in its Olympic record. The first flakes tend to fall in November and can last through March, with the highest snowfall chances in late December and January. If you’re booking one of the vacation rentals here during winter, pack your toastiest winter clothes, as temperatures range from single digits to the mid-30s Fahrenheit. April, May, October, and November tend to hover in the sweater weather zone, usually in the 40s and 50s. The summer season, from the end of May to the end of September, hits comfortable highs in the mid-60s to mid-70s, but drops to the 50s after dark, so remember that extra layer — after all, it is mountain weather.

Top things to do in Lake Placid

Mirror Lake

Right in the village’s center is the 128-acre, mile-long lake, where the activities reflect the seasons. In winter, the frozen surface is shared by ice skaters and even tobogganers sliding down a 30-foot jump. During the warmer months, runners frequent the 2.7-mile waterfront loop, while kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders take to the waters. On the south end, swimming is allowed at Lake Placid Public Beach.

Lake Placid Olympic Center

The 1980 U.S. men’s hockey victory over the Soviet Union — dubbed the Miracle on Ice — can still be felt inside the arena, which continues to host events and is also home to the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Also nearby: the Olympic Jumping Complex (take an elevator to the top of the ski jump) and Mount Van Hoevenberg (go for a bobsled ride on the track).

Whiteface Mountain

The Adirondack Mountains’ fifth-highest peak has a winter ski resort, as well as a gondola ride to take in the aerial views in any season.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Lake Placid?

    Lake Placid has a humid continental climate. Summer months, June to August, are generally warm, with temperatures reaching up to 75°F (24°C). Winter is cold and snowy, perfect for winter sports, with temperatures often dropping below freezing. Spring and fall are cooler, offering beautiful foliage views in autumn.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Lake Placid?

    In Lake Placid, you can engage in various activities such as hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, ice skating on the Olympic Oval, or exploring the Olympic Sports Complex. In summer, kayak or paddleboard on Mirror Lake or bike around the scenic Lake Placid area.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Lake Placid?

    Lake Placid sees a surge of visitors during the winter months, typically from December to March, when people flock to enjoy winter sports such as ice hockey and skiing. The village also hosts the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships in July, drawing enthusiasts of this graceful sport.

  • What are the best places to stay in Lake Placid?

    Popular areas to stay in Lake Placid include downtown Lake Placid for easy access to shops, restaurants, and the Olympic Center. The Mirror Lake area is also an often recommended option, providing stunning lake views and close proximity to various activities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Lake Placid?

    Lake Placid has a variety of attractions including the Olympic Jumping Complex, where you can explore the training grounds of Olympic athletes. The Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum and the John Brown Farm State Historic Site are among the frequently suggested historical places. For nature lovers, Mirror Lake and High Falls Gorge are well worth a visit.

  • What are some hiking trails in Lake Placid?

    Lake Placid provides access to multiple hiking trails including the popular Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York, and Cascade Mountain Trail, a relatively short but rewarding hike. The Jackrabbit Trail and Cobble Hill Trail are also popular, offering both beginner and intermediate-level routes.

  • What are some family activities to do in Lake Placid?

    Families in Lake Placid can enjoy a day at the Wild Center, a natural history center with interactive exhibits and a treetop walkway. They can also try tobogganing on Mirror Lake, go for a gondola ride at Whiteface Mountain, or visit the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Lake Placid?

    Day trips from Lake Placid could include a visit to the nearby Ausable Chasm, often referred to as the 'Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks', or a trip to the Saranac Lake village, a popular spot for canoeing and camping. Another option is to explore the historical attractions of Fort Ticonderoga, located around 75 miles (120 kilometers) away.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Lake Placid's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Lake Placid's top attractions. We offer over 1,480 vacation rentals near Smoke Signals, over 1,480 vacation rentals near Lisa G''s, and over 1,480 vacation rentals near Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, and so much more! Experience the best of Lake Placid right on your doorstep.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Lake Placid?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 190 vacation rentals in Lake Placid featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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