Video: Road Trip – 8 Hours in the Lake Placid Area with Kids – High Falls Gorge, Whiteface Mountain Summit, Mirror Lake and More!

Today I’ve got a really special video to share with you from our recent Lake George vacation. This might have been my favorite day of the entire trip, filled with so much beauty, so I hope you enjoy it!

One of the days of our trip my parents, my husband and my brother had plans to go golfing. So that left my sister-in-law, Joan and I with the boys to fill up a day. We randomly decided it would be fun to make take a road trip and go the hour and a half drive north to check out the Lake Placid area. A quick google search later and we had a loose itinerary for the trip.

My boys are typically early risers and on this day did I didn’t mind. We packed up the car and hit the road at 7:30am and decided to stop when and where we wanted along the way to take in the sights.

At 9:00 along the way we randomly stopped at my favorite surprise location of the day.

Chapel Pond.

I put the rest of our 8 hour day in the Lake Placid area on my YouTube Channel {Please Subscribe!} – Check out this video for a better look at all the amazing sights and views that we enjoyed on our road trip – but just for fun, I’ll be sharing our trip via blogging + photos below too.

So back to Chapel Pond..

We randomly pulled over on the side of this road to find this treasure. It’s 100% on my bucket list to come back here one day to swim in this beautiful water.

Next up was a planned stop – High Falls Gorge.

This we had read about and researched because we knew we wanted to do the Waterfall Walk – a 1/2 mile trek along the gorge to see the waterfalls. It was all enclosed and perfect for the kids to run around and enjoy the sights.

It was beyond beautiful and an amazing way to spend a few hours. There are additional trails you can also do, but we stuck to the planned walk. It was fabulous.

If you are in the area this summer – or anytime, they are open all year – definitely be sure to make a point to stop here. It was a treat!

Next up, we made our way over to Whiteface – One of the highest peaks in the Adirondack Mountain range. The summit offers a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks and clear-day glimpses of Vermont and even Canada, where the skyscrapers of Montreal, 80 miles away, can be seen on a very clear day. The mountain’s east slope is home to a major ski area which hosted the alpine skiing competitions of the 1980 Winter Olympics. 

You can hike up this mountain, which I’m pretty sure would take an eternity. Or you could drive up the Veterans Memorial Highway, pay a small toll and make your way up to just below the summit in a few minutes.

Along the way we took in some incredible views.

At the end of the highway there is a Castle Cafe – which is home to a restaurant, gift shop and restrooms. There you can decide if you want to hike up the rest of the way to the summit OR if you want to take an elevator 400ft inside the mountain, up 27 stories to the top.

The trail looked pretty treacherous for small kids, so we opted for the express route and I wasn’t mad about it.

The summit of Whiteface was insane.

And I was so impressed they made it so accessible to everyone. Bravo!

We took in some incredible views – see Lake Placid in the distance? She’s a beauty.

Side note – how fun are these yellow shorts? They are my new favorite from Target!

Jumping shots occurred.

It was a beautiful and I will never forget our time there. Seriously, I don’t even know what more to say about it, these photos clearly don’t do it justice – if you have the opportunity to see Whiteface – GO!

Next up – Lake Placid Brewery.

You know how much I love to check out local breweries, and this was right in the heart of Lake Placid so it was the perfect place to stop. They had games for the kids and we got to take in some amazing views – and this was a nice area because we got to see more of the Village of Lake Placid, which was really special.

Right across from the Lake Placid Brewery was our next stop – Mirror Lake! This is where the kids went for a swim for a few hours. The lake was so perfect and beautiful – and this lake is special because it doesn’t allow any motorized boats.

While the boys and I were at Mirror Lake, my sister-in-law, Joan hit up the Olympic Center. I figured the boys would have more fun in the water, so that’s where we stayed, but Joan loved what she got to see. We also drove around and got to check out the Olympic Jumping Complex – home to the ski jump site – as well as the Olympic Sports Complex – home to the combined bobsled, luge and skeleton track–the only one east of the Rockies–as well as 50 km of groomed cross country ski trails and a biathlon shooting range.

It was really cool to be able to see these massive sports complex area where so much history has been made.

And finally we made our way over to Lake Placid, where we got to put our feet in that special water before making the trip home.

It was an incredible 8 hours we spent in the Lake Placid Area. We got to see and do so much in what felt like such a short amount of time. I would love to go back to explore even more and see some of my favorite spots again, the whole day was filled with so much beauty.

The Adirondacks sure are a special place.

If you’ve been – what is your favorite part of the Adirondacks area? If you haven’t been – where do you want to go first? Please share!

Thanks so much for following along and I hope you check out my video! Let me know what you think of our latest travels!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Patty July 25, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    Loved your video, very jealous that I didn’t get to experience what you, Joan and the boys did! The photos are absolutely gorgeous, you all had an awesome day for sure! Maybe we should head there in the summer to celebrate my special birthday week?

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