Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex#7 in Best Things To Do in Adirondacks
Less than 2 miles southeast of downtown Lake Placid, the Olympic Jumping Complex is another popular (and convenient) outing for winter sports enthusiasts. Once used as an event site during the 1980 Winter Olympics, the complex now acts as a training ground for many Olympic hopefuls. And for those who aren't as athletically inclined, the site also serves as an educational facility that offers visitors a glimpse into the life of a ski jumper.
Recent travelers praise the attraction for its stunning views of the Adirondack High Peaks and unique opportunities available, such as watching a ski jump competition or snow tubing down a 700-foot chute. But visitors who have a fear of heights might want to pass on this site. As some reviewers noted, the complex's soaring heights can be a bit terrifying.
A visit to the Olympic Jumping Complex will set adults back $11 (or $16 on an event day), while juniors and seniors must pay $8 (or $10 on event days) to enter. If you're planning to visit multiple Olympic sites, consider investing in a $35 Olympic Sites Passport, which includes access to the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex and Olympic Museum, as well as discounts off of various experiences. At the complex, visitors can take a daily tour – which includes riding up the property's chairlift and glass elevator to the 120-meter jump's observation deck – from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participate in several seasonal activities, such as snow tubing and ski jumping showcases in the winter and wheeled luge clinics and extreme tubing during the summer. While there is on-site parking available, it is a bit of a walk to the complex, so dress accordingly. Additional information can be found on the complex's website.
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#1 Saranac Lake
Located just 9 miles northwest of the bustling tourist town of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake is the perfect escape from the high prices that accompany Lake Placid's Olympics attractions. Filled with shops, hotels and local diners, Saranac Lake is considered one of the most idyllic villages in upstate New York.
Recent travelers characterized the area as a lesser-known gem of the Adirondacks. Whether you visit when the leaves are changing, in February for winter carnival or once the snow has melted, Saranac Lake offers plenty of stunning scenery without hoards of tourists. Canoeing, hiking and kayaking are especially popular here.
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