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Top 5 Things to Do in Lake Placid in the Fall, Plus Not to Be Missed Fall Events

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Things to Do in the Fall in Lake Placid

Top Lake Placid Fall Events: Foliage, Live Music, History, Theatre and More

The weather is getting cooler and the leaves are falling. You know what that means; fall has come to Lake Placid. The summer season might be over, but there are still activities and things to do this fall in the Lake Placid region. Here are the Top 5 activities in the Lake Placid area!

1. Check out Fall Foliage from the Whiteface Gondola

Whiteface Gondola. Photo courtesy of Olympic Regional Development AuthorityWhat better way to view the changing leaves than from the top of Whiteface? The Gondola ride at Whiteface is one of the most popular ways to gain a birds-eye view of Lake Placid, Lake Champlain, and the surrounding area. You can take the Gondola from the Base Lodge to Little Whiteface, a trip that takes 15 minutes; remember to bring a sweatshirt, as the summit is usually cooler than the base camp. Operating hours are 8:30am until 3:15pm, and admission is $18 for adults and $13 for Juniors and Seniors. Visit for more information.

2. Take to the Lake (or River)

Lake Placid and Mirror Lake are the two lakes in the town of Lake Placid. Fall can be a wonderful time to rent a canoe, kayak, or boat for a day of floating on these serene waterways. You can visit the Lake Placid Marina (518-523-9704) or Mirror Lake Boat Rentals (518-524-7890) to rent a boat.

Another popular Adirondack hobby is fishing. There are plenty of waterways for fishing; visit this site for more information.

3. Visit the Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Markets in the Adirondacks are fantastic and the one in Lake Placid is no exception. Through October 12th, patrons can visit the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, where the Lake Placid Farmer’s Market takes place every Wednesday. Seasonal offerings vary, but usually include fresh fruits and veggies, meats, dairy, fresh bread, maple syrup, and more, including Arts and Crafts which are also sold at the market. The Farmer’s Market is open from 9am until 1pm, rain or shine! For more info, check out

4. Horseback Riding

Horseback riding can be the perfect activity for a cool autumn afternoon. The Equine Center in Lake Placid offers many options for those who want to get outdoors with trail rides through the Champlain Valley’s luscious woodland forest. In addition to lessons and trail rides, they offer sleigh rides in the winter months.

Visit the Equine Center at for more info.

5. Learn History

The Lake Placid Winter Olympic Games, both in 1932 and 1980, were magical events that will forever live on in Lake Placid’s history. This history comes alive at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum, where artifacts from both Lake Placid games and others, captures the unique Olympic spirit of the town Memorable exhibits include a display of several objects owned by three-time Olympic champion ice skater Sonia Henie, props from the Disney movie Miracle, and several Olympic torches from various Games. The museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm, and admission is $6 for adults and $4 for juniors and seniors. Call 518-523-1655 or visit for more details.

Another notable museum is the Lake Placid Museum. Located at 242 Station Street in Lake Placid, the museum is housed in an old train station and operated by the Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society. The Lake Placid museum has collections including Founding Families and Early Settlers, the Era of the Grand Hotels, and Ice Sports, among others. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am until 4pm through mid-October.

John Brown's FarmLastly, there is a unique historical site many visitors miss because of its unobtrusive location. John Brown’s Farm is located at 115 John Brown Road (of course) and is the site of Brown’s former homestead and grave. His body was buried here after the famous ill-fated raid on Harper’s Ferry. Brown so liked North Elba that he established a freed slave community there for a brief period of time, and his family homestead remained there until his death by hanging in 1859. Visitors can explore the former home, which is preserved as it was in Brown’s time. The Homestead and Graveyard is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is open from 10am until 5pm every day except Tuesdays until October. For more information, visit their website at

Save The Date: Must See Lake Placid Events


Want to hear some great music? Coba Stella is a unique three-person band comprised of Julie Winn, Michael Scott, and kahlagh who play an innovative blend of trip hop, soul, reggae, blues, hip-hop and rock, so be sure to check them out. They’re appearing at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts on September 24th at 8pm. Tickets are $12.

Originally from Germany, but now based in the Boston area, Antje Duvekot is a highly respected singer/songwriter who has been performing since she was a teenager. The recipient of several awards, including songwriting awards, including the 2000 Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Duvekot will perform at the LPCA on October 14th at 8pm. Tickets are $15.

For info on both these shows, visit


OktoberfestOn October 1st and 2nd, the tradition known as Oktoberfest will take place on Whiteface Mountain from 10am until 7pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sunday. What makes this festival unique is its setting at Whiteface, where festival participants can enjoy beautiful views while sampling German beer, cuisine and the lively oompah bands, as well as free amusement rides. A highlight of this year’s festival will be a group called Spitze!, a German-American Oktoberfest Band from Orlando, Florida which has played in Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center and other venues throughout the US. Admission is $15 for adults and $9 for juniors and seniors.

Another annual Adirondack tradition is the Flaming Leaves Festival at the Olympic Jumping Complex on October 8th and 9th from 11am to 5pm. This year’s theme is “blues, brews, and bbqs” so you can bet the event will be fun. Watch North America’s top ski jumpers perform, sample food, visit craft vendors and hear live music from Split Rock, Roaside Mystic, George Kilby Jr. and Colette and the Mudcats. The best attraction, however, is the beautiful fall foliage. Admission is $15 for adults, $9 for juniors and seniors.


Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap will return to the Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake on September 23rd and 24th at 8pm. One of the most popular (and longest-running) plays of all time, watch mayhem unfold as guests at a country inn search for who among them is a murderer, culminating in a surprise ending that you won’t see coming. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for kids age 17 and below. Click here to read The Free George‘s review of The Mousetrap.

Christie Sausa is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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