7 Things to Do in Plattsburgh, NY (Plus 2 Day Trips!)

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Plattsburgh is right on Lake Champlain, making it a great spot for a vacation! There’s a quaint downtown with lots of restaurants and shops, and there are parks on the lake for beautiful views away from crowds. If you’re planning a trip to Lake Champlain and staying in Plattsburgh, these are my recommendations for 7 things to do in Plattsburgh, NY- plus 2 day trips!

7 Things to Do in Plattsburgh, NY (Plus 2 Day Trips!)

Airbnb in Plattsburgh

If you are looking for a place to stay, we stayed in the cutest Airbnb! It was a converted barn and it was simple on the inside, but it had everything we needed. But the best part was its location. The owner had a garden with lots of fruits and vegetables that we got to sample, AND it was right on Lake Champlain!

We had our own private access to the lake, and the Airbnb came with kayaks. We went kayaking and swimming, and we got to sit outside the house and watch the sunrise over the lake each morning. It was the perfect place to stay for a quiet vacation!

Airbnb white barn in Plattsburgh, NY

Interior of Airbnb in Plattsburgh, NY with brown couch and light wooden coffee tables

Interior of Airbnb in Plattsburgh, NY of kitchen with white fridge and wooden cabinets

Interior of Airbnb in Plattsburgh, NY with white bed and white night stands

View of Lake Champlain with grey boat house and light

Man and Siberian Husky next to lake

View of Lake Champlain with boat on water

Sunflower growing through rocks by lake

View of Lake Champlain at sunset

The view of the sunrises and sunsets over Lake Champlain was incredible!

View of Lake Champlain at sunset with boat house light

View of Lake Champlain at sunset

7 things to do in Plattsburgh, NY

Walk around downtown

There are lots of things to do in Plattsburgh, NY when you tour downtown! You can go shopping at the Antique & Variety Mall (we found some fun things!), see all the historic churches, get some books at The Corner Stone Bookshop, and see MacDonough Monument. The Saranac River flows through the city, so you can sit along the river to relax.

River in Plattsburgh, NY

Monument with eagle on top in Plattsburgh, NY

Chapter One cafe in Plattsburgh, NY with blue brick walls

Blue clock in courtyard in Plattsburgh, NY

Historic large brick building in Plattsburgh, NY

Historic stone church in Plattsburgh, NY

Stone church with tall tower in Plattsburgh, NY

Grey stone church with green doors in Plattsburgh, NY

Check out the murals

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Plattsburgh had so many cool murals! You can check them out when you walk around downtown, and look up the background on them because they’re pretty cool.

Colorful medallion mural in Plattsburgh, NY

The “Mountain Lake Mandala” is a tile mural, and it was created as part of the annual Plattsburgh Festival of Tibetan Arts and Culture.

Mural of forest and animals in Plattsburgh, NY

Platform 9 3/4 mural in Plattsburgh, NY

View out the houses

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is see historic houses, and Plattsburgh had lots of cute Victorian homes to see! Plus, we were there when sunflowers were in full bloom, and they were beautiful to see in everyone’s gardens. You can see some historic homes in downtown Plattsburgh and you can tour more right outside in the residential area.

Blue Victorian house with decorative roof in Plattsburgh, NY

Grey Victorian house with decorative roof in Plattsburgh, NY

Blue Victorian house with sunflower garden and tree in Plattsburgh, NY

Eat lots of food

We were in Plattsburgh during the pandemic, so we didn’t eat inside any restaurants but we did get takeout and eat outside if the restaurants had outdoor seating. There were a few restaurants that were closed the whole time we were there, so there might be even more restaurants you can check out in the future!

For breakfast, we went to Campus Corner and Chapter One Cafe. For lunch and dinner, we went to Quiche et Crepe, Twisted Carrot, Himalaya, and Aleka’s Mediterranean. My favorites were Twisted Carrot and Aleka’s Mediterranean!

Eggs, potatoes, and toast breakfast at Campus Corner in Plattsburgh, NY

Crepe and salad on plate at Quiche et Crepe in Plattsburgh, NY

Crepe on plate at Quiche et Crepe in Plattsburgh, NY

Gyro and salad at Aleka’s Mediterranean in Plattsburgh, NY

Twisted Carrot in Plattsburgh, NY

Visit wineries and breweries

There are quite a few wineries and breweries around Plattsburgh! We spent an afternoon at Elf’s Farm Winery and not only did we have great wine and cider, but we also had great delicious cheese curds and poutine! And we got to take in the beautiful scenery of the grape vines and apple orchard.

Apples growing on a tree in Plattsburgh, NY

Cider flight at Elf's Farm Winery in Plattsburgh, NY

Cheese curds and wine at Elf's Farm Winery in Plattsburgh, NY

Bowl of poutine at Elf's Farm Winery in Plattsburgh, NY

Go for a hike at Point au Roche State Park

Point au Roche State Park is on the shore of Lake Champlain, and there’s a beach and hiking trails in the woods along the water. You can relax and hang out at the beach and go swimming or you can do a little cardio and go for a hike! The hiking isn’t too strenuous, it’s pretty flat except for a few inclines. And we got to take Annika with us because dogs are allowed!

Beach at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

Yellow wildflowers at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

Small daisies at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

Walkway in woods at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

View of Lake Champlain at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

Siberian Husky at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

Siberian Husky hiking at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

Large white mushrooms at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

View of green leaves on trees at Point au Roche State Park in Plattsburgh, NY

Visit Lake Champlain

Visiting Lake Champlain should be at the top of your list for things to do in Plattsburgh, NY! You can go swimming or kayaking or just watch the amazing sunrises and sunsets. We mostly hung out at the lake at our Airbnb, but you can visit the lake at Point au Roche State Park or the public beaches.

Sunset at Lake Champlain

Pink sunset at Lake Champlain

Siberian Husky swimming in Lake Champlain

Annika wasn’t the biggest fan of swimming, but she did enjoy hanging out in the water and even kayaking!

Siberian Husky swimming in Lake Champlain

Man kayaking in Lake Champlain

Man kayaking in Lake Champlain

Take the ferry to Grand Isle State Park, Vermont

If you’re looking for some day trips from Plattsburgh, you can take the ferry to Vermont! The ferry will take you across Lake Champlain to Grand Isle State Park, and you can visit the park or drive to Burlington (we did both!).

Grand Isle State Park is an island in Lake Champlain, and it’s a cute little place to visit. There isn’t a ton to do, so you probably just need a few hours or half a day. And you can go camping on the island if you’re into camping.

You can go shopping at Grand Isle Art Works, visit the Hyde Log Cabin & Schoolhouse (one of the oldest log cabins in the U.S.), and take a stroll on the Ironwood Nature Trail!

Carry ferry on Lake Champlain

White sailboat on Lake Champlain

Trees on Grand Isle State Park, Vermont

Orange barn on Grand Isle State Park, Vermont

Artisan shop on Grand Isle State Park, Vermont

Hyde Log Cabin at Grand Isle State Park, Vermont

Hiking trail in forest at Grand Isle State Park, Vermont

Hiking trail at Grand Isle State Park, Vermont

Visit Fort Ticonderoga

If you want a true day trip from Plattsburgh, you can visit Fort Ticonderoga! It’s about an hour and a half from Plattsburgh, and we visited on our drive back home to Philly. And Annika got to join because it’s dog friendly!

Fort Ticonderoga is an 18th-century star fort built by the French right on Lake Champlain. It’s a cool fort to see with lots of interesting history, and you can get some beautiful views of the lake from the fort!

View of Lake Champlain from Fort Ticonderoga

View of Lake Champlain and historic cannon from Fort Ticonderoga

Row of cannons at Fort Ticonderoga

View of Lake Champlain from Fort Ticonderoga

Fort Ticonderoga wall with flag at half mast

Interior of Fort Ticonderoga with stone wall and cannons

Siberian Husky at Fort Ticonderoga

View of Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain surrounded by trees

View of Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain surrounded by trees

I can’t recommend visiting Lake Champlain enough, and these 7 things to do in Plattsburgh, NY (and the day trips) will make for a great vacation!

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  1. Amy says:

    Beautiful photos! Looks like we need to go back and explore again like you did!

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