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Experience Lake Placid from vacation home rentals

Beginning life as a mining village, the idyllic hamlet of Lake Placid has gone through many transformations throughout its history. The crystal-clear waters of its titular lake, combined with its picture-perfect location in the Adirondack Mountains, saw it become a hot spot for the rich and famous, while the unpolluted mountain air also made it a booming health resort. This diversity continues today. Visitors flock to Lake Placid vacation rentals to enjoy the area’s picturesque beauty, sporting legacy, and fascinating sites like the Mount Von Hoevenberg Olympic Bobsled Run or the John Brown Farm State Historic Site.

Things to do

The Olympic spirit of Lake Placid

Lake Placid has twice hosted the Winter Olympics and proudly displays its sporting achievements at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Memorabilia from the 1932 Games, including hockey equipment and figure-skating outfits, takes pride of place in the main gallery. The “Miracle on Ice,” one of the most famous moments in ice-hockey history, took place at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. You can watch original footage from this decisive game, in which the US beat Russia with seconds to spare in one of sport’s greatest David vs. Goliath matchups, and then learn more about the history behind this incredible upset.


Peaceful pampering in Lake Placid

Lake Placid’s fresh mountain air and relaxing serenity made it a popular retreat for TB sufferers in the late 19th century. These days, the locals continue this tradition of wellness with spas and health centers. Treat yourself to a soothing deep-tissue massage, or a restorative wrap, before returning to your Lake Placid vacation rental for a chilled-out evening by the water. Many spas in the area also have on-site salons, so why not get glammed up for a night on the town? Lake Placid natives are experts at making you feel good, inside and out.


Lake Placid weather at a glance

The climate in Lake Placid is classified as humid continental, which generally promises mild conditions and regular rainfall. Your best chance of sunshine comes in the summer months, with July temperatures averaging 64°F. As the mercury rises, so too does demand, so make sure to book early to get the best choice of vacation rentals in Lake Placid. Fall prices are lower and the surrounding countryside dazzles with vivid autumnal colors; if you’re willing to risk the lower temperatures, you’ll be rewarded with great views from the patio of your Lake Placid vacation rental.

Natural features

Putting the “lake” in Lake Placid

A number of well-tended paths lead you into the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, but the Lakeshore Trail should be at the top of every nature enthusiast’s wish list. As the name suggests, this scenic route hugs tightly to the rocky shore of Lake Placid, leading towards the Outlet Brook Dam. The summer months are a particularly good time to follow the trail; the waterfront flora burst into life, the cedar trees provide refreshing shade from the sun, and birds, red squirrels, and American mink can all be seen in the surrounding countryside.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Lake Placid

Fly into Lake Placid, NY (LKP), the closest airport, located 2.5 mi (4 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Saranac Lake, NY (SLK-Adirondack Regional), which is 14.8 mi (23.8 km) away.

How many vacation rentals are available around Lake Placid?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 545 vacation rentals around Lake Placid. From 95 cabin rentals to 245 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a mountain-view property in Lake Placid?

Nestle yourself and your crew high in the hills and prepare for awe-inspiring sunrises, extraordinary stargazing and a whole lot of fresh air. Vrbo has 279 mountain rentals available. Open to more suggestions? Vrbo has stacks more property options to look through, including:

  • 146 village vacation rentals.
  • 103 lake-view vacation rentals.
  • 96 rural vacation rentals.

Can I rent a house in Lake Placid?

Our house vacation rentals are real properties for real travelers. With tons of space to spread out, they're perfect for those who want to live like a local. There are 243 houses listed on Vrbo. Prices start at $118 a night. Or perhaps you'd prefer one of the area's other lodging types, such as:

  • Condo: 67 vacation homes. Prices start from $143 per night.
  • Cabin: 60 vacation homes. Prices start from $129 per night.
  • Apartment: 43 vacation homes. Prices start from $84 per night.

Can I stay in Lake Placid in a large group?

The recipe for a memorable vacation is hanging out with friends and relatives in an amazing new place. If you're visiting with a large group, Vrbo has options. Why not have a squiz at the 36 house vacation homes listed here? They're the top option for large groups of travelers. In this area, the rental options that are suitable for large groups of guests include:

  • If yours is a party of 6, we offer 222 vacation homes ideal for that size. Spend a night for as little as $125.
  • If you have 8 in your crew, you'll be happy to learn that there are 218 vacation homes that are perfect. You can book one for as little as $75 a night.
  • Seeking out rentals catering to 10 people? You'll be thrilled to learn we have 124 that will fit the bill. You can secure one for as little as $214 per night.

Your whole squad will be more than satisfied when you book your Lake Placid adventure with us!

Where are the cheapest rentals in Lake Placid?

Reduce those pesky accommodation expenses when you organize your stay with Vrbo. You'll find a range of awesome rentals and save heaps! Ray Brook is a terrific area to take a look at if you want to keep your budget under control. Vrbo has 12 rentals, and the average price is a modest $211 per night. You'll find another 154 Vrbo rentals waiting to be booked in or around Lake Placid Club. The average price here is $334 per night.

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