Alyssa's Updates · Getting to Know Plattsburgh

Things to Do In Plattsburgh

The City of Plattsburgh and surrounding region has plenty to offer when it comes to recreation, dining, and shopping!

Outdoor Recreation:
SUNY Plattsburgh is situated very close to the Adirondack Park, home to beautiful hiking and climbing trails, rivers and lakes, and plenty of gorgeous scenery. Lake Champlain offers year-round recreation along its beaches with swimming, fishing, and boating in summer, and ice sports and ice fishing in the winter. Local rivers and smaller lakes are the perfect spot for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).  Many local shops offer rentals for the day.

Click on a photo for more information:

Plattsburgh may be a small city but it has many shopping areas right in town to meet your needs.

Champlain Centre Mall:
The Champlain Centre Mall is a few miles from the SUNY Plattsburgh campus, and has been recently renovated, with stores like Target, DSW, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and more. See a full list here.

Outside the mall, you’ll find many familiar chain stores in our community:

Walmart Super Center Sam’s Club Bed, Bath and Beyond
TJMaxx Staples Price Chopper
Homegoods Michael’s Dollar Tree
Petsmart Lowe’s Planet Fitness
Aldi Walgreens Rite Aid
Kinney Drugs Big Lots GNC
Hannaford Supermarket Stewart’s Shops

And chain restaurants:

Texas Roadhouse Starbucks Buffalo Wild Wings
Applebee’s Panera Bread UNO Pizzeria and Grill
Dicky’s Barbeque Perkins Ground Round
99 Restaurant Dunkin Donuts Friendly’s
Chipotle McDonald’s Burger King
Subway Domino’s Pizza Hut
Five Guys Wendy’s Taco Bell
Kentucky Fried Chicken

But let’s talk more about what’s unique to Plattsburgh!  Many locally owned restaurants downtown are just a few blocks away from campus. These establishments serve a wide variety of dishes, from Italian to Mexican to Thai to Himalayan.

Some of our local favorites (click to read more):



Personal Favorites around the North Country

Alexis Clune is a current student in the Professional Science Master’s program in Environmental Science. Here are her favorites:

Alyssa‘s favorites:

Betsy‘s favorites:

A number of great opportunities for day trips or weekends away exist when you live in Plattsburgh.

154.jpgMontreal, Canada, a vibrant and bustling city, is just over an hour north of Plattsburgh.  It is full of historical sites, shopping, festivals, entertainment, and outdoor activities. The ability to read and speak in French is helpful in this multi-national city, but most residents speak English, as well. Click here for information about Montreal.


Burlington, Vermont is also about an hour away by car (via the Lake Champlain ferry). The city of Burlington has many historic landmarks, boutique and large retail stores, museums, and gorgeous scenery. Click here for more information about Burlington.


Albany, New York is about a two and a half hour drive from Plattsburgh. This large city is New York State’s capital and has gorgeous historical sites, an incredible shopping selection, and has horse racing nearby in Saratoga, NY. Click here for more information about Albany.


Lake George, New York is a town with a lot to do and is only an hour and a half away. Situated just twenty minutes away from Glens Falls which has hundreds of outlet stores, Lake George is home to the Great Escape, Six Flags amusement park. This city has many outdoor actives on its beautiful lake and in hiking trails. Click here for more information about Glens Falls and click here for more information about Lake George.


Lake Placid, New York, home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games, is just an hour away from Plattsburgh. This small cosmopolitan city has excellent small businesses and outlets, high-end dining, and endless opportunities to explore the lake and mountains (in any season!). Click here for more information about Lake Placid.

As the weather is warming up and days are getting longer, we hope you have a chance to check out some of the things that make our region so unique!


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