Discover Plattsburgh: Six Things to Do in Lake City

Posted by Elizabeth Jent on

Nestled in the heart of the Adirondack Coast, Plattsburgh is a charming city that offers a delightful blend of outdoor adventure, historical sites, and local culture. Visiting for the first time? Here are six fun things that are worth your time.


1: Explore the Lakeside

Did you know that Plattsburgh is home to one of the largest freshwater beaches in the United States? Start your adventure on the shores of Lake Champlain at the Plattsburgh City Beach. Bring a picnic and enjoy the view, or rent a kayak and explore the water - with over a mile of beach, grills, a volleyball court, a concession stand, and a dog park, there’s plenty to do at the beach!

2: Visit the War of 1812 Museum

Intrigued by the past? Learn more about Plattsburgh’s rich history at the War of 1812 Museum. This museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a key event in the War of 1812. Exhibits include artifacts, maps, and interactive displays that bring this pivotal moment in American history to life. The knowledgeable staff and detailed exhibits make it a must-visit for history buffs and curious minds alike.

3: Take a Ghost Tour

Intrigued by a different kind of past? Learn more about Plattsburgh’s dark history by taking a walking tour with the Greater Plattsburgh Ghost and Tour Company. Walk the streets after dark and learn about the lives (and deaths) of residents from decades past. Bring your camera, you never know what you might catch on film!

4: Hike at Point Au Roche State Park

The City Beach isn’t the only place you can get your nature fix in Plattsburgh. Just a short drive from the City, Point Au Roche offers a variety of trails that wind through forests, wetlands, and along the lakeshore. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, or bird-watching, there’s something here for everyone - and the fun doesn’t end with the cold weather! With the snow comes the perfect opportunity for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

5: Stroll through Downtown Plattsburgh

Downtown Plattsburgh is a vibrant area filled with unique shops, restaurants, and cafes. Take a stroll through the streets and explore local boutiques, antique shops, and restaurants - keep your eyes peeled for one of the many beautiful murals that grace the architecture! Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants; snag a wrap at Hobies Sports Den, grab a latte from Koffee Kat, or enjoy a dessert for two over a glass of wine at Irises Cafe & Wine Bar. Come on the right Saturday, and you can stroll through the local Farmers & Crafters Market, or an Artisan Market at The Strand.

6: Browse the Corner Stone Bookshop

Cap your visit to Plattsburgh with a relaxing visit to the Corner Stone Bookshop. A beloved fixture of downtown Plattsburgh since 1975, the Corner Stone is a cozy, independently-owned treasure trove for book lovers, offering a wide selection of new and gently used books across a variety of genres. Whether you’re hunting for a rare find, a local author, a classic novel, or something new to read, you’re sure to discover something special here. 

Plattsburgh may be small, but it packs a punch with its array of activities and attractions! From the sunny shores of Lake Champlain and the earthy trails of Point Au Roche to the fascinating histories and dark tales of battles past, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re an adventurer, a history enthusiast, an artist, or a bookworm, Plattsburgh has what you’re looking for.

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