Lake Placid is on the map for two large reasons: being the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. The Miracle on Ice occurred in the 1980 Olympics when the United States defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union hockey team. To this day, Lake Placid is a mecca for hockey players, many of which go to train at the Olympic Sports Complex. If you are bringing your hockey team up to the Adirondacks for a tournament, get ready for some fantastic scenery and fun times. Lake Placid, along with the nearby Saranac and Tupper lakes, make up the Tri-Lakes region of New York, and the Adirondack Mountains themselves, provide almost unlimited opportunity for family fun. Here are some suggestions for things for you and your team to do and places to eat while at the Olympic Sports Complex.


Things to Do

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

The Lake Placid Olympic Museum should be your first stop in the town that hosted two Winter Olympics, especially for an athletic group like yours. Show your team the history of the place, and let them experience the excitement of the games. Located right in the Olympic Center, the Museum resides only a couple feet away from the Herb Brooks Arena which was the site of the Miracle on Ice.

Other permanent exhibits and displays include Sonja Henie: Perfection on Ice. Sonja skated in the very first Olympic Winter Games in 1924 at 11 years old. She ended up finishing dead last. However, in the next three Olympic Games she won three gold medals for Norway. Quest for Speed showcases the evolution of speed skating equipment at the Olympics. Interactive activities and graphic text panels give visitors a snapshot into the minds of some of speed skating’s biggest stars. 2634 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946


Olympic Sports Complex  - Travel - Hotels4TeamsAdirondack Equine Center

Explore the Adirondack wilderness on a horse! Let the Adirondack Equine Center take you and the team horseback riding to such major attractions as High Falls and the Wild Center. All horses are gentle of demeanor and professionally trained. Don’t let the season get in the way. Winter horseback trail riding could be a peak experience on a sunny winter afternoon.

Or, go on an authentic Adirondack Sleigh Ride, while sipping hot cocoa and taking in the spectacular wonders of Olympic Village. Luxury sleigh rides are pulled by Belgian draft horses and Clydesdales. Picturesque trails give the scenic beauty new dimension as snows blanket the ground with glistening wonder and the mountains shimmer in the sun. 101 Morningside Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946


Boots and Birdies Family Fun Center

Located just over a 15-minute drive from the Olympic Sports Complex is Boots and Birdies Family Fun Center. Boots and Birdies Family Fun Center offers up 18 challenging holes of Western-themed mini golf and so much more. You can tap golf balls through river-rock beds, hidden caves, and a stunning waterfall all while surrounded by majestic views of the Adirondacks. Eurobungy straps you into a harness with bungee cords attached to your hips as you leap frantically on a trampoline. You can even do multiple flips if you’re brave enough!

The Ropes Adventure Challenge Course puts kids and adults alike through a fun climbing obstacle course with exciting challenges. The Lake Placid Mining Company lets you pan for gems in a sluice as if you’re working in a real mine. You’re guaranteed to go home with something! The Ice Cream Saloon features soft ice cream, burgers, dogs, and savory pulled pork. Try their signature fried dough sundae. 1991 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946


Olympic Sports Complex  - Travel - Hotels4TeamsBowlwinkles

Bowlwinkles offers state-of-the-art bowling in an amusement complex right in Lake Placid nearby Olympic Sports Complex. The bowling is enhanced by laser light and fog effects. They also offer a laser tag area, a game arcade, and amazing refreshments. They have group bowling packages, including shoes, pizza, and soda. Take advantage of that if you can. 2750 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946


Lake Placid Marina and Boat Tours

Get an entirely new view of the lake while you ride on a pontoon boat courtesy of Lake Placid Marina and Boat Tours. Appreciate the natural beauty of the Adirondacks. The hour long narrated tour will show your team roughly 16 miles of Lake Placid as the guide discusses the history and interesting stories of the area. George and Bliss Lane, Lake Placid, NY 12946


High Falls Gorge

Just seven miles northeast of Lake Placid and the Olympic Sports Complex is High Falls Gorge, described as the “Adirondack’s most breathtaking 30-minute walk.” High Falls Gorge is a 22-acre, privately-owned nature park that features four splendid waterfalls. In the shadow of Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort, you can take a nature walk and hike to view the famous AuSable River. Sturdy bridges, walkways, and groomed hiking trails provide safe access to breathtaking Adirondack views and scenic photographic vantage points. 4761 NY-86, Wilmington, NY 12997


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Places to Eat

Lisa G’s

Lisa G’s is the place where locals hang out and visitors flock to for great food with a tab that won’t bust your wallet. The quirky atmosphere and menu works well for families and larger groups. Not only do they have a great kids menu; everything on it is homemade! They make the best burger in the Adirondacks. Also try their Thin Crust Pizza, Roasted Chicken Enchiladas and their Southern Fried Chicken sandwich. Request an outdoor table for a waterfall view that no one in your group will soon forget. 6125 Sentinel Rd, Lake Placid, NY 12946


Redneck Bistro BBQ & Grill

Redneck Bistro BBQ & Grill celebrates the down-home delights of barbecue and grill fare. Their fantastic salads, great vegetarian options, and extensive gluten-free menu make this your spot for healthy, hearty eating. Redneck Bistro BBQ & Grille is well-known in the area for their huge portions of delicious dishes like Pulled Pork, Ribs, Fried Chicken, and more. 2302 Saranac Ave, Lake Placid, NY 12946


Bazzi’s Pizzeria

Bazzi’s Pizzeria serves up mouthwatering traditional Italian dishes, NYC-style pizza, calzones, and hot subs right on Main Street. Order the pizza and you’ll have enough left over for late-night snacking. The Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo is the best! 2536 Main St, Lake Placid, NY 12946


Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery

Olympic Sports Complex  - Travel - Hotels4TeamsOkay, what doesn’t Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery have in the way of delicious ice-cream treats? Not much, because everything your sweet tooth will want is right here, starting with creamy milk shakes, Emma’s signature sundaes, hard and soft ice cream, snow cones… well, you get the picture. Definitely don’t miss this place! 2507 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946


The Adirondacks are one of the prettiest areas of the country no matter what time of year you are there. Once your team is done competing at the Olympic Sports Complex, be sure to take time out for the fun stuff with your families so your memories will be even better!