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5 Fun Things To Do During Your Lake Placid Fall Getaway

The stunning beauty of the Lake Placid/Adirondacks region takes on a truly magical quality come fall when the leaves transform from their vibrant summer green into a blaze of reds and oranges. Whether you’re driving, hiking, boating or eating and drinking your way through the area, there are countless opportunities to get out and explore everything Lake Placid has to offer.

While the Lake Placid area holds numerous special events all season, there are many activities available each week, if not whenever the spirit moves you. Below are some sure-fire suggestions for fun things to do in fall in Lake Placid.

Top 5 Fall Activities in Lake Placid 

1. Bask in The Foliage

A very simple, and consistently attractive, reason for visitors to flock to Lake Placid in fall is the annual changing of leaves, brought on every Autumn by the warm days and cool nights, which reduce the levels of green chlorophyll in the leaves and allow fall’s brilliant reds and golds to show through. Peak foliage season comes around the end of September and early October, but passionate leaf-peepers can bask in the area’s natural beauty well through the fall season. Enjoy wherever trees are found. (They’re plentiful up here!)

2. Take A Hike

The many serene hiking trails that crisscross the Lake Placid region take on different qualities with each season and fall in Lake Placid is a great time to experience the natural beauty the area has to offer. There are numerous trails for every level of hiker, including multiple one- or two-hour hikes perfect for the leisurely fall stroll. A relatively brief walk to the top of Cobble Hill in Lake Placid affords stunning views of the surrounding area; or families can tackle the summit of Owl’s Head, a “little peak” that you don’t need to be a mountaineer to ascend. Other picks include Rocky Falls at Heart Lake, Cascade Falls in Keene, Bear Den Mountain in Wilmington and Giants’ Nubble in Keene Valley.

3. Stroll the Market

Lake Placid’s weekly Farmer’s Market runs through October 18, showcasing the finest in local produce, dairy and artisanal products. Vendors include Asgaard Farm & Dairy, makers of goat cheeses, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, pastured poultry, naturally grown vegetables, goat milk caramels and goat milk soaps; Rulf’s Orchards, specializing in berries, vegetables, apples, cider and baked goods; Fledgling Crow Vegetables, growers of Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, including specialty salad mixes and heirloom tomatoes; and Northern Orchard, sellers of seasonal fruits, vegetables and honey. (Every Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm; St. Agnes Elementary School Parking Lot, 2322 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid, NY 12946)

4. Go for A Drive

Hiking isn’t the only way to enjoy the splendor of fall in Lake Placid. There are numerous scenic drives one can take in the region, offering multiple sights and vantage points, including spots to get out of the car and explore for a bit. Popular drives include: the Riverside Drive Loop, at Routes 86 and 73 in Lake Placid; the Lake Everest Scenic Loop, at Route 86 in Wilmington; the River Forks Scenic Trail, starting at Jay Village Green Park in Jay, NY; Adirondack Loj Road, in Lake Placid; Bear Cub Road, in Lake Placid; and Mirror Lake Drive, also in Lake Placid. Hop in the car for the afternoon and enjoy a getaway from your fall getaway.

5. Enjoy A Cruise

Fall in Lake Placid is still a great time to take a relaxing boat ride, as the water is still warm, and the view from your boat will be entirely different from terrestrial perspectives, thanks the foliage reflected in the water. Mirror Lake is a fine choice for a fall waterborne excursion; stop by Mirror Lake Boat Rental to borrow one of their paddleboats, aqua cycles, canoes, rowboats, sailboats or electric boats.  There’s also a paved walkway around the lake, in case you decide you don’t have your sea legs. (2403 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946)

So, there you have it! Our top 5 favorite things to do in Lake Placid in the fall. What’s your favorite fall activity in Lake Placid?

Book Your Lake Placid Fall Getaway Today! 

If you’re thinking about planning a fall getaway but you haven’t booked one yet, consider staying at Lake Placid Summit Hotel! With amazing views overlooking Mirror Lake and just around the corner from the quaint shops and restaurants of Lake Placid Village, this newly-renovated Lake Placid resort is an exceptional value.

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