Winter Winners: Adirondack Playdates

(BPT) – Why do we love Lake Placid?

The Adirondacks’ Lake Placid Region is the perfect choice whether you’re planning a family vacation, romantic getaway or visit with friends.

Aside from the myriad outdoor activities, there are mom and pop shops to browse, Olympic venues to tour, high-end spas to indulge in, live music and family festivals to partake in, unique restaurants where you can get a true taste of the Adirondacks and cozy lodging to rest your weary head.

The only real question is: How will you invent your own perfect day?

In no particular order, here are 9 of our top picks for integrating a little local Adirondack fun into your winter getaway!

1. Ice Skating

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Lace up and hit the lake. It’s free, features a <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/2016/12/skate-mirror-lake-loop-free-family-friendly” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>2+ mile groomed skating loop track</a>, and is open 24/7 — when the ice is deemed thick enough. Doesn’t get much better than that. Not 100 percent confident about skating on a lake? No problem, visit the skating oval on Main Street!

2. Cross-country Skiing

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Park your car, clip into your skis and go! Whether you choose to make first tracks in the backcountry or kick through the groomed tracks at one of our cross-country ski centers, <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/2014/12/extremely-cheap-family-friendly-fun” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>exploring our Adirondack trails</a> is as fun for beginners as it is challenging for experts.

3. Dog Sled Ride

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Is that barking we hear? Yup, as you stroll down Main Street on most winter days, you’ll hear the unmistakable sounds of the <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/dog-sled-rides” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>dog sled team</a>! Follow the whistles to the shore of Mirror Lake and you’ll be greeted by mushers ready to take you on an unforgettable ride on the frozen lake.

4. Sledding

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Hear the squeals? Dig your flexible flyer out of the garage and get ready to tackle our <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/do/activities/sledding-tubing-tobogganing” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>favorite sliding spots</a>. You’ll find kids of all ages flying down the hills at the Lake Placid Golf Course! For a tamer time, head to John Brown Farm where you can tow the kids through the fields. Looking for something a bit more extreme? Try the <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/2015/01/local-tradition-tobogganing-extreme” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Toboggan Chute</a>!

5. Fat Tire Biking

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Pavement optional! Fairly new to the game, <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/2015/01/biking-f-a-t-pronounced-fun” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>fat tire biking</a> is quickly becoming a favorite Adirondack activity — even in the snow. Sporting larger-than-average tires, it didn’t take long for winter lovers to discover these bikes are perfect for exploring our snowy trails and riding our frozen lakes.

6. Walk or Snowshoe

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These boots were made for walking … and we know why! There’s something supremely peaceful about strolling in a winter wonderland. Whether you choose your favorite pair of warm winter boots and stroll around the 2.7-mile Mirror Lake Walkway, or strap on a pair of snowshoes and hit the <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/blog/2015/10/heaven-hill-trails-lake-placid-newest-family-friendly” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Heaven Hill Trails</a>, the Adirondacks are the perfect place to connect with nature.

7. Ice Hockey

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Whether playing an organized game or looking for a quick pickup and some time shooting pucks, <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/do/outdoors/winterspring/hockey” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Lake Placid is hockey central</a>. You’ll find players of all abilities and ages on our indoor and outdoor groomed rinks. Of course, we know there’s nothing like a spirited game of pond hockey — so hit the lake for an evening game before skating up to one of our cozy pubs or restaurants!

8. Downhill Skiing

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<a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/do/outdoors/winterspring/skiing-riding” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Whiteface Mountain</a>. 283+ acres of skiable terrain, 86 trails and 11 lifts. Need we say more?

9. Perfectly Quaint Alpine Village

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Aside from the myriad outdoor activities, there are <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/do/shop” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>mom and pop shops</a> to browse, Olympic venues to tour, high-end spas to indulge in, live music and family festivals to partake in, unique restaurants where you can get a true taste of the ADKs and cozy lodging to rest your weary head.

The only real question is: How will you invent your own perfect day? We suggest you <a href=”http://www.lakeplacid.com/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>start here</a>!

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