What to do and see in Plattsburgh, United States: The Best Places and Tips

March 8, 2018 Phylicia Berquist

Sitting only 18 miles South of the US border with Quebec, Plattsburgh was once a major hub in the fur trade with Montreal. The city is made for walking, full of beautiful turn of the century buildings and manicured parks. A River Walk follows the Saranac River as it cuts through town, ending at the shores of Lake Champlain, home to Champy, the American cousin of the Loch Ness Monster. The surrounding area is part of Adirondack Park, America's largest wilderness preserve outside of Alaska.
Restaurants in Plattsburgh

1. Point Au Roches State Park

19 Camp Red Cloud Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-5407 +1 518-563-0369
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Point Au Roches State Park

Reviewed By Raymond M - Milton, Vermont

Hiked here during a stay for our 32nd anniversary. Very nice park...there are three 'points' you can hike, and there is a mooring area in Deep Bay for boats coming in from Lake Champlain. It is all free unless you go to the other side of Short Point to swim...which we did not. We recommend going out Long Point all the way to Rocky Point. There are two benches there, and a wonderful view across the lake. You will walk about 3.2 miles (1.6 miles each way), but it is all pretty level and well maintained.

2. Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House

7411 State Route 9, Located off Route 87 between Exit 39 & 40. 5 minutes north of downtown Plattsburgh and 3 minutes from the Vermont Ferry., Plattsburgh, NY 12901-7247 +1 518-563-2750
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4.5 based on 52 reviews

Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House

We are a family owned and operated wine and hard cider producer. Come taste our wines and hard ciders and enjoy food from our kitchen.. Elfs Farm is a must visit for wine and hard cider lovers visiting the Adirondack Coast. We are also home to ADK Hard Cider, a producer of premium, craft hard cider. Friday brings live music at Friday Night Wine Down & on Sunday's we have an Open Mic to accompany our Brunch menu & a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar.

Reviewed By Harry G - South Egremont, Massachusetts

We had never been to Elf's before and did not know what to expect but our bartender/hostess was great at explaining all the products they make and have, and showing us the tasting room. We tasted ciders and wine and enjoyed ourselves immensely. They also...MoreThanks for the great review! We're glad you enjoyed your time at Elfs. Hope you visit again soon.

3. Plattsburgh City Beach

4 Beach Rd, Northway Exit 39., Plattsburgh, NY 12901-1189
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4 based on 98 reviews

Plattsburgh City Beach

Reviewed By Gayle48 - Plattsburgh, New York

The beach is not dirty with garbage. It is the sand that is the problem. The brown coarse sand sticks to everything. What's worse is that between the sand and the water is an area with mud or rather sand that is mucky. If you are in the area go to the Point Au Roche beach instead

4. Champlain Valley Transportation Museum

12 Museum Way, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-3 +1 518-566-7575
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5 based on 34 reviews

Champlain Valley Transportation Museum

Reviewed By kzsull01 - Windsor, Connecticut

My husband and I toured this museum and found the tour guide and the collection of vehicles to be excellent. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provided a lot of interesting details about each item on exhibit. It is definitely a place worth seeing!!

5. The War of 1812 Museum

31 Washington Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12903-4420 +1 518-566-1814
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4 based on 14 reviews

The War of 1812 Museum

Reviewed By John H - Cortland, New York

My wife and I spent a charming hour at this nice little museum housed in one of the buildings that once belonged to the Air Force base in Plattsburgh. The museum, presently staffed by board members/volunteers, does a thorough and delightful job of presenting Plattsburgh's role (pivotal, as it turns out) in the War of 1812... Great collection of well presented artifacts; nice introductory movie; lovely gift shop with unique gifts from the Plattsburgh region. If you love US history, local history, etc. -- a must see. (And, fyi, the Air Force museum just across the street is also pretty nifty, and features, among other items, information on the now defunct/empty missile silos once scattered throughout the Plattsburgh region during the peak of the cold war!)

6. Country Dreams Farm

260 Pellerin Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-5167 +1 518-561-8941
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5 based on 9 reviews

Country Dreams Farm

Working farm offering a fall corn maze, pumpkin patch, wagon rides, petting zoo, and kids play area. Petting zoo animals include fainting goats, pygmy goats, chickens, pot belly kids, and a calf. The farm also raises Belgian Draft Horses, cattle, and donkeys. We are open from mid September through October for pumpkin picking and corn maze adventures. There is also fresh produce seasonally. Winter sleigh rides run from mid December through February and are located at the Historic John Brown Farm in Lake Placid, NY. The farm also has seasonal produce for sale, as well as fresh eggs.

Reviewed By Elle7422 - Burlington, Vermont

Awesome place to visit. Great for adults and children alike. There is horse drawn wagon rides which is a lot of fun to do. They have a corn maze in the fall and lots of little things for children to do. There was a giant caterpillar made from hay the kids could climb on and a little house full of corn for them to play in, a farm version of the ball pit. A great family day out, highly recommended!

7. Plattsburgh Airforce Base Museum

Us Oval, Plattsburgh, NY
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4 based on 10 reviews

Plattsburgh Airforce Base Museum

Reviewed By lb21162 - Canada

this is a new although a small museum based on the history of the airforce base that was situated in Plattsburgh.

8. Kent Delord House Museum

17 Cumberland Ave, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-1849
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

Kent Delord House Museum

Built in 1797, the Kent-Delord House Museum tells the story of a prominent small town family in Upstate New York. Henry and Betsey Delord moved to the house in 1811, and owned and operated a general store called the Red Store right on the property. The house was also the British Headquarters during the Battle of Plattsburgh during the War of 1812.Learn more about the story of the Delord family in Plattsburgh! From an old government debt to the Women's Christian Temperance Union, from inventions to the Medal of Honor from serving in the Civil War, the Delords tell a fascinating story! The Kent-Delord House Museum is open seasonally for tours!May-June: Tuesday-Friday from 11AM-3PM, July-August: Tuesday-Saturday from 11AM-3PM, September: Tuesday-Friday from 11AM-3PM. Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend, Sept 12-13, 2015, we are open Saturday and Sunday 10-4. October-April: Tours by appointment

Reviewed By Lori L - Plattsburgh, New York

This is a nice home to visit as well as the grounds. The house has a lot of history and the folks that run it are very educated in explaining the history of this nice home, very interesting to see how people lived way back...MoreThank you for your review! We hope you are able to come back and visit the Kent-Delord House Museum in the future!

9. Oval Craft Brewing

111 Ohio Rd, Plattsburgh, NY 12903-4403 +1 518-324-2739
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Oval Craft Brewing

Oval Craft Brewing is a small microbrewery located just off the national historic US Oval. Oval Craft has fine crafted ales and lagers for the craft beer enthusiasts. The atmosphere is relaxed with great vibes.

Reviewed By jabbed - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

What a great surprise! After visiting the 1812 Museum and a history walk around the old Air Force Base, we stopped at Oval Craft Brewing. The bartender was very helpful in choosing a beer and the patrons very friendly. It is definitely worth a stop. The beer is great!

10. Imaginarium Children's Museum of the North Country

4709 State Route 9, Plattsburgh, NY 12901-6036 +1 518-324-7426
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4.5 based on 17 reviews

Imaginarium Children's Museum of the North Country

For over two years, we've brought fun and educational exhibits and programs to the families of the North Country. We strive to grow continually, and provide even more high quality exhibits and programs for families to share and enjoy. Our programs and participatory exhibits are designed specifically to encourage interaction and inquiry, as well as participation from the entire family. Learning occurs in a variety of ways, and experiential learning is essential for proper brain development.

Reviewed By r29c - Montreal

I have never seen such a charming place for children. It is truly amazing what they have put together here. My little ones are 1 and 4 and they absolutely loved it. They spent close to 4 hours in the play areas. The science laboratory looked amazing. My 4 year old and I had a great time in the arts and crafts sections as well. Great job Imaginarium. I wish there was something like this close to home.

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