Any parent knows that traveling with kids is an exercise in logistical planning. Not when you’re on a family vacation to Lake Placid, where the kid activities naturally abound year-round… and the winter months are no exception!
While the Lake Placid Lodge may be better known as a couples’ retreat with a lack of TVs, romantic stone fireplaces around every corner, and intimate dining experiences, there’s something undeniably magical about this lodge that speaks to and sparks the imagination of the younger set. Perhaps it’s the way the architecture is framed in birch saplings, as if trees were growing from the floor, and bronze animal statues are posed in such life-like stances, it’s almost like your guest room is a doorway deep in the woods.
But that’s just the beginning. Beyond the lodge, there’s a slew of other kid-friendly activities and offerings that make a family vacation effortless and something they’ll never forget. Who could forget experiencing the makes of a real Winter Wonderland?
1.) Playing Monopoly in Maggie’s Pub
This cozy, wood-paneled restaurant has deep armchairs and a crackling fire – perfect for pulling out a classic game of Monopoly and seeing who can acquire the most properties. If a bambino goes bankrupt, Maggie’s (open from noon to 9:30 p.m.) serves a warm ginger cake with lemon ice cream and gingersnap streusel to soothe any sore losers. The shelves are also stocked with puzzles, checkers, and chess.
2.) Riding the Lake Placid Toboggan Chute
After pulling an old-fashioned sled up a 30-foot-high converted ski jump trestle, little ones can tuck their feet for a front-row seat to whiz more than 1,000 feet, skittering across the frozen surface of Mirror Lake in the heart of Lake Placid. The Lake Placid Toboggan Chute is in full swing by early February and entertains children and adults alike throughout the winter months. You can’t beat this great way to spend the afternoon or morning, with ticket prices (students $10, adults $15) including the toboggan rental and unlimited rides!
3.) Visiting the Imagination Station
Mad Libs, kites, and koala puppets, oh my! This toy and game store on Main Street treats kids of all ages to hundreds of hand-picked selections for fostering creativity and family fun.
4.) A Gondola Ride at Whiteface Mountain
This mountain, just a 45-minute drive from Lake Placid Lodge, offers so much more than skiing the slopes. With an entire page dedicated to winter activities, you know you’re in for an awesome adventure. You just have to choose which one! How about a family ride on the eight-passenger Cloudsplitter Gondola? Enjoy the gorgeous Adirondack views from high in the sky as you’re carried from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface in fifteen minutes. At the top, you’ll find a picnic area and observation deck waiting for you. Oh, and views for days.
5.) Ice-Skating the Olympic Oval
Kids with visions of gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medals will be dazzled by taking a twirl on the Speed Skating Oval, one of the last outdoor rinks of its kind in the country that was host to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games. The site, which was closed for major renovations the past year, will open back up this 2021-22 winter season with a handful of new and novel improvements that visitors are bound to love.
6.) Wander the Wild Lights at Tupper Lake’s Wild Center
Didn’t get to experience your favorite display of holiday lights this year? We’ve got you covered with an impressive light show experience at The Wild Center on Tupper Lake that remains open through the end of February! Guests bask in the glow of thousands of lights as they experience the Wild Walk after dark. Enjoy a glimmering stroll through Forest Music where you’ll be surrounded with immersive music and lights—curated specifically for the looped trail. Wild Lights transforms the campus into a twinkling, family-friendly experience that is sure to be one of your all-time favorite winter experiences. Plus, there are dozens of other ways to spend your days at The Wild Center when visiting us, each of their experiences are all well-worth the 40-minute drive.
7.) Tucking into Homemade Goodies
From gooey macaroni and cheese and kids’ pasta with a rich bolognese sauce to classic chocolate chip cookies at turndown service, Lake Placid Lodge caters to the youngest set every hour of the day. Make-your-own s’mores are also available every night around the bonfire on the edge of the lake year-round (no matter how deep the snow may get).
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