Indoor Things To Do Lake Placid

6 Free and Low-Cost Things to Do Indoors in Lake Placid, New York

The Adirondacks are known for outdoor activities⁠—perhaps you’re planning a trip to hike, bike, ski, or bobsled. Lake Placid’s weather isn’t perfectly predictable, so you can make the most of your trip with a few indoor activities. Here’s how to have fun no matter the temperature or precipitation outside:


  • Learn how Olympians are made at the Olympic Training Center.


Every weekday afternoon the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center offers a free 30-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour telling the stories of the facility and its athletes. Call ahead to make sure the tour is running. Missed today’s tour? The lobby is open during normal business hours so stroll in anytime to browse their collection of Olympic memorabilia. Learn more.


  • Buy a bag of treasures at the thrift store.


At Lake Placid’s thrift store, you can fill a black garbage bag full of thrifted finds and have hours of fun rummaging through the racks and bins of donated items—all for just $8. The store, Helping Hands Thrift Shop, is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Learn more.


  • Catch a movie in an old-school theater.


A downtown gem, Palace Theatre shows four films a day, one in each of its four rooms. Not much has changed here since the family that still owns it opened the doors 50+ years ago and tickets are just $7 (cash only). If that’s not a good enough deal, every Thursday night they show a free movie at 7pm. Learn more.


  • Go bowling for some family fun.


Bowlwinkles offers bowling lanes, darts, pool, and arcade games. Their bar and restaurant offers happy hour specials each day from 3pm to 6pm. Alongside the typical burgers, wings, and nachos, they also serve fun items like funnel fries with maple syrup. The going rate for bowling is $4.50 per game, per person and shoe rentals are $2.50 per pair. Learn more.


  • Get lost in history at the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.


This museum, located in a former train station, tells the story of the people who have lived in and visited Lake Placid through artifacts and intriguing old photographs. Learn how the area was marketed first as a cure for illnesses like tuberculosis, and later as a vacation destination. It’s open Wednesday through Sunday from Memorial Day to mid-October. It’s $5 for adults, $2 for seniors, and free for children. Learn more.


  • See where the Miracle was made.


The scrappy US men’s hockey team beat the Soviet Union team in 1980 when Lake Placid last hosted the Olympics—and you can see the rink where it all went down. Adult admission to the Whiteface Lake Placid Olympic Center is $8. Learn more.

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