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Lake Placid Itinerary with Kids

Last week, our family had the chance to spend six days in Lake Placid, NY! We had a wonderful time — abbreviated itinerary below, followed by photos:

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive at Hampton Inn Lake Placid, explore boardwalk around Mirror Lake
Day 2Explore High Falls Gorge, go paddleboarding
Day 3Explore the Wild Walk at Tupper Lake
Day 4Explore the Whiteface Mountain Summit
Day 5Explore the Whiteface Cloudsplitter Gondola
Day 6Visit the Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville and head back home

Day 1

During our trip to Lake Placid, we decided to stay at the Hampton Inn Lake Placid — this was primarily motivated since our family had a lot of Hilton points saved up, but the hotel is also at an amazing location right next to the main beach, boardwalk, tennis courts, and playground with swings and slides. We splurged on getting a suite room with a balcony, which was totally worth it since we could easily eat breakfast and dinner feeling the amazing lake breeze. This day we had a chance to walk to the boardwalk and get some well-deserved ice cream!

Day 2

After eating the great complementary breakfast by the sides of Lake Placid, we went to High Falls Gorge to catch up with nature. It was great to see the waterfalls and expansive views, and the kids had a chance to see some great rock formations (or rock giants per Frozen 2)!

Day 3

On our third day at Lake Placid, we went to the Wild Walk at Tupper Lake — this was a lot of fun, and had a lot of kid-friendly activities, such as a giant spiderweb one could sit in, as well as some hanging rope bridges at tree-top level! The kids had a great time running around, and then we all went back to Lake Placid to check out the paddleboards!

Day 4

On our fourth day at Lake Placid, we went to the Whiteface Mountain Summit. Although the entry fee was pretty steep (30$), there were great views from the top. They had a food truck located which was pretty good, but a lot of the fun activities such as hiking trails were shut down due to the pandemic. Lots of time for R&R and watching Despicable Me at the hotel.

Day 5

On the fifth day, we tried to go on the Whiteface Cloudsplitter Gondola, but despite all reports to the contrary, the place was closed due to the pandemic :(. We decided to spend the whole day at the beach and had a great time.

Day 6

On the last day of our trip, we went to Natural Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville — this was a nice way to split the four-hour trip from Lake Placid to Connecticut, and gave the kids a chance to run around.

Final Thoughts

Overall, we had a wonderful time at Lake Placid (or “stickaplat” as Avi says) — the weather was perfect, the hotel was awesome, and there was lots of time to spend time and bond as a family. I can’t wait for our next vacation!

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