Everyone who goes to Lake Placid sees a few of the same things while they are there: the lake itself, the Olympic Museum, and the Olympic Ski Jump Site.  These are certainly must-sees for anyone traveling to Lake Placid.  However, one of the joys of seeing a new place is the pleasure of discovering things which aren’t on the “must see that” lists of other travelers to the area.  Lake Placid offers a few such treasures.

One of the things you should make it a point to see is the Country Dreams Farm in nearby Plattsburgh, New York.  This active farm offers living history demonstrations with farmers in period costume pieces along with hay rides enjoyable by all ages.  If rides are your thing but winter is more your style, check out the Lake Placid Sleigh Rides which operate on Mirror Lake in February and March.

The Wild Center, a new natural history museum about the Adirondacks is a reasonable drive from Lake Placid. If you're in the Adirondacks to see nature, this is a great stop. The New York Times raved about the museum when it opened and The Wall Street Journal reviewed it in 2009 saying "you'll want to linger in this glorious place."  It's bigger and better than you'd expect out in the woods. It was built by the same people who made the National Air & Space museum. There's lots of hiking trails, a good store, restaurant and hundreds and hundreds of live animals swimming and crawling all over the exhibits. If it rains, or snows too hard to ski, it's a good place to spend half a day. The Wild Center is in Tupper Lake, two towns away from Lake Placid. 

Just 10 miles east of Lake Placid lies the beautiful sleepy hamlet of Wilmington NY.  Don't let the travel brochures fool you.  Wilmington is the real home of Whiteface Mountain!  On Weekends, have breakfast at The Country Bear - their stuffed french toast is delicious and unusual.  Drive to the top of Whiteface Mountain, and enjoy unparalled  and now famous, views of Lake Placid, Lake Champlain, and the surrounding mountains in both NY and VT.  You can also take a gondola or chairlift ride up Whiteface.   On your way down, you can stop at Santa's Workshop, the oldest theme park in the USA.  It predates Disney by two or three years, and was designed by Arto Monaco, who worked with Walt on the Florida park.     At the foot of Whiteface Mountain, you can give your trusty steed (car) a break by stopping at The Candy Man,  at the only four-way stop in Wilmington.  While there you can purchase freshly-made chocolates, and during the week even watch them being made!   Across the street go back to the '50s for a late lunch at Mel's Diner.  But wait, there's more!   Lounge around at the Wilmington Town Beach on the "shore" of Lake Everest, part of the Ausable River.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, visit the Whitebrook Dairy Bar for soft (and hard) ice cream, milk shakes and a fast food menu.  Speaking of fast food, there's an actual A&W restaurant in Wilmington (closed in winter) for a delicious frosty cold mug of real A&W root beer or maybe a float!  On your way back to Lake Placid, stop and visit High Falls Gorge.  A beautiful 1/2 mile hike (you'll need to work off that late lunch!) through some spectacular waterfalls, and a self-guided naturalist story of the Adirondack Mountains. 

 Further to northeast, is the AuSable Chasm, where the AuSable River has carved a canyon on its way to Lake Champlain.  There's a self-guided tour as well as tubing and rafting on the river.  Ask for information/directions at your hotel, or at the Visitors Bureau in Lake Placid or Wilmington.