Getting to Know Plattsburgh · Summer Fun · Things to Do in Plattsburgh NY

Plattsburgh for Grads: 7 Summertime Treasures

Hey, grads–Sky here, happy to be writing blogs again!

If you’re living locally this summer…you’re in luck! Plattsburgh is especially beautiful and lively during this time of year. Many of our grads are either working, interning, and/or job shadowing right now, but I’m a big believer in making time for the fun stuff: so consider putting these 7 Summertime Treasures on your Plattsburgh Summer Fun List!

[note: not all of these Plattsburgh Treasures are specific to summer, but may be enjoyed during the summer months!]


1) The Hawkins Pond Crêpe Cart 

A recent addition to our campus is the Northern Feast’s Food Truck. It visits Hawkins Pond, a picturesque and relaxing place to have a picnic. I can vouch for it’s yumminess. Catch them June 22 & 29 from 11:30am to 1:30pmHere’s a picture of me photo bombing the Crêpe Cart last summer:



2) Friday Night Wine Downs @ Elf’s Farm & Winery

On State Route 9, just outside of the City limits, is Elf’s Farm & Winery. Not only do they have delicious food, but they have an array of cider, beer, and wine. Get a few friends together and enjoy a Friday Night Wine Down where there’s live music and a relaxing vibe. One special thing about this weekly event is that there are no TV’s to distract you and your friends from spending quality time together. Look! A few of us Grads making time to wind down…what a rare sight.



3) The Downtown Craft Fair & Farmer’s Market

So if anyone knows me, they know that I love the local Farmer’s Market on Durkee Street. You don’t have to go hard and buy a week’s worth of groceries! They have flowers, crafty items like teas and artwork, and I’ve even seen a couple food trucks there. It’s truly a community gathering. So bring your reusable bag (and cash!) and support your local farmers and artisans from 9-2 on Saturdays.  Below is one of my past farmer’s market hauls (so colorful!):



4) The Plattsburgh Mayor’s Cup Celebration

I’ve only attended The Mayor’s Cup a few times, but let me tell you, it’s such an awesome event! Here’s a more official description…

“The Mayor’s Cup Regatta and Festival is Plattsburgh’s most time-honored and highly anticipated summer tradition on Lake Champlain. The four-day celebration includes the 41st Annual Regatta, Post-Race BBQ and Award’s Ceremony, as well as Live Music, Family Arts & Kid’s Activities, and so much more! The Mayor’s Cup event is a 100% community funded event with support coming from many generous local businesses and organizations.” (source:
Fun fact: Have you ever seen these seemingly random sailboat murals on the windows of local businesses? Those are actually to honor and celebrate our Mayor’s Cup event!

5) Olive Ridley’s Events

Olive Ridley’s, a local taphouse and grill, holds events throughout the year. This summer, according to their Facebook Event page, Completely Stranded (the comedy troupe) will be performing and there will also be a few live music performances. If you’re looking for a place to grab drinks or dinner with friends, Olive Ridley’s is a solid choice! Here are our grads hanging out at Olive’s for a Welcome Back event:



6) Point Au Roche State Park

What a treat! If you love a good walking path, then make your way to Point Au Roche this summer. According to their website, “The northwestern shore of Lake Champlain offers a mixture of open and forested areas, most of them natural and undeveloped providing the stage for a variety of outdoor activities.” Located on 19 Camp Red Cloud Road Plattsburgh, NY, this stretch of land is perfect for a picnic, some adventurous exercise, or a day of exploration!

Tip: If you drive past the first entrance, the next right turn serves as a second entrance to the park–you don’t have to pay a park fee at this entrance. However, you do have to walk a bit to get to the beach. There are also several short 30 minute wood walks at this part of park. I hiked to one of the points from this entrance last week…isn’t it beautiful?!



7) Yoga! Offered @ various studios around Plattsburgh

I have to throw this one into the mix. When I first moved to Plattsburgh in 2013, I really wanted to enter the yoga community in the summer (when I wasn’t so busy with school). I was surprised at how many local studios there are in Plattsburgh AND the variety of yogas offered. Off the top of my head, here are a few options:

Bridge Street Yoga – Hatha, Vinyasa, pre/post-natal, Karma, etc. (student card available)

Trinity Yoga – Kundalini, Candlelight Vinyasa, Gentle yoga, etc. (student pass available)

Empower Fitness – Hot yoga, Bikram, PiYo, Yin Yang, etc. (student discount available)

Start Here: Bridge Street Yoga | Instagram



Not featured, but equally AWESOME:


There you have it! 7 (and some extra) Summertime Treasures for you to enjoy.

Plattsburgh is sometimes underrated and underappreciated, but this little city has so much to offer if you’re open to trying new things.

If you have your own Plattsburgh gems, PLEASE feel free to comment below!



The Graduate Admissions Office is located on the first floor of the Kehoe Administration Building.

Phone: (518) 564-4723
Toll-Free: (800) 723-9515 (In U.S. and Canada)
FAX: (518) 564-4722

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm




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