"Welcome to Lake Placid, NY!" Lake Placid by Phildagr8

Lake Placid Travel Guide: 109 reviews and 324 photos

What's there? Hmm

Lake Placid is where one of the winter olympics was held. It's also where horse shows are, and the lake itself is very scenic. It's in a tri-lake region. You can skate at the arena, go skiing at the mountain nearby, or stroll down the main road and check out the shops like a typical tourist.

To get there from Albany, take I-87 North to exit 30, and go west for 25 minutes (~30 miles). You'll see cars parked along side the road (of hikers, picture-takers and picnic-ers). There's a river that runs along the highway for part of the trip, and a few small bridges, too. There's even a small waterfall, too. It'll be on the right side, but you'll probably miss it unless you're driving east on that road. You'll pass thru a few small towns, so watch the speed limit changes! Also be aware of how much gas you have and when the road changes from 1 lane to 2 to 1 again.

When the ice storm hit the area about 6 years ago, all the birch trees were bent almost all the way over. The trees looked like something stepped on them. By now, the area may be back to normal.

Every winter, they have an event called Winter Carnival. They take ice from the lake, form large bricks and they build a life-size castle! Each castle is different from previous years. It is built at the lakes edge, and they add lighting, decorate it, and have fireworks, too!

Building the Castle

Skilled people architech and design each new winters castle. When the weather gets warm, they demolish it for safety reasons so it can't fall onto anyone. It is a tradition that has continued every year, and every year, the castle has a new shape.

At last, the finished masterpiece!

This castle has flags, and every year, it seems they get more and more extravagant. It won't be long before they add something new!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very scenic ride to get there
  • Cons:Very limited choice of things to do
  • In a nutshell:Worth the trip!
  • Last visit to Lake Placid: Sep 2001
  • Intro Updated Mar 20, 2007
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  • eyeloveu's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2006 at 5:46 PM

    Those ice palaces are so interested for me, I am curious how's the feeling to watch them by my own eyes! they are seems so good from the pictures, its a miracle !!

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2006 at 1:59 AM

    Beautiful photos of that amazing ice-palace!!


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