Lake Placid Olympic Sports Complex#7 in Best Things To Do in Adirondacks
Situated on Mount Van Hoevenberg about 7 miles southeast of Lake Placid, the Olympic Sports Complex is an ideal attraction for those interested in the Olympics and winter sports. The training facility features more than 30 miles of cross-country ski trails, plus multiple snowshoe paths and a biathlon shooting range. But perhaps the most heart-pounding part of this winter sports paradise is the combined bobsled-skeleton-luge track, which is the only track of its kind found east of the Rockies and can be experienced firsthand through a bobsled, skeleton or luge ride (additional fee applies).
Although the complex's add-on activities can get a bit pricey (biathlon packages cost $55 and a bobsled experience will set you back $95 per adult), many former visitors insist that the one-of-a-kind opportunities are more than worth the high rates. To help lower costs, invest in a $35 Olympic Sites Passport, which includes admission to the Olympic Sports Complex, Olympic Museum and Olympic Jumping Complex and a discounted rate for all sports experiences. This combined ticket comes highly recommended by previous travelers.
When visiting the Olympic Sports Complex, plan your trip according to the property features you wish to enjoy, since most of the attraction's sports experiences are only offered in the winter. However, the complex is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., so some activities, like mountain biking and bobsledding, can be enjoyed during the summer. Other facility features include on-site parking, a gift shop and a variety of seasonal events. And if you do not have an Olympic Sites Passport, expect to pay $4 per person to explore the property. For a complete list of activities, ticket prices and upcoming events, check out the venue'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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