Lake Placid Olympic Museum

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2634 Main St.

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1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.8scorecard
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For a glimpse into the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, make a stop at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Although some past travelers found the property to be a bit on the smaller size, many appreciated the artifacts found inside, including equipment that belonged to the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" U.S. hockey team, uniforms worn by Lake Placid Olympians during several opening ceremonies and a collection of sleds and sliding sports gear. Four ice complexes also sit within feet of the museum, including Herb Brooks Arena, where the miraculous 1980 hockey game between the U.S. and the Soviet Union took place.

Housed within the Lake Placid Olympic Center near Mirror Lake, the museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on IRONMAN Sunday (in July), Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition to multiple exhibits and ice rinks, the museum complex includes restroom facilities, on-site parking, a gift shop and a cafeteria on the Olympic Center's upper level. Tickets cost $7 for teens and adults and $5 for seniors and children 7 to 12 years in age. For children younger than 7, admission is free. Remember, though, that the entrance fee is waived for those who have an Olympic Sites Passport. For more information, visit the museum's website.

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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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