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Summer Facts

Average high:
80 degrees

Average low:
60 degrees

Record high:
101 degrees in 1975

The wettest month:
August, 3.71 inches



Summer in Plattsburgh

Students and their families visiting campus and moving in during August have lots of options. Here’s how to make the most of the Plattsburgh summer:

Go Outside

With chilly fall air a few months away, now is the time to soak up North Country rays and hit swimming holes. You’ll find ample places in and around Plattsburgh to hike, run, bike, swim and kick back. A few student favorites:

  • Plattsburgh City Beach. Check out more than a mile of sandy coast on Lake Champlain, volleyball courts and a snack bar.
  • Blue Trails. Explore the riverside trail system behind the field house, and don’t miss the fire pits.
  • Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain. The favorite local hike off I-87 Exit 33. Climb the fire tower at the summit and Instagram to your heart’s content.
  • Point Au Roche State Park. Drive 15 minutes north of Plattsburgh on Route 9 to trails, beaches, rocky coast and picnic areas at Point Au Roche.
  • High Peaks Region. Southwest of Plattsburgh, the highest mountains in New York dominate the Adirondack skyline. Hike a High Peak or take a mellow stroll to a waterfall like Roaring Brook Falls. Or just snap a lot of selfies. 

Sample the Eats and Drinks

In downtown Plattsburgh alone, you’ll find more than 20 eateries and food shops. Within a 10 mile radius, there are 50-plus more. If you’re looking for North Country staples, try a michigan and/or poutine. Delis like Zuke’s and Del’s are student-favorites for lunch. For dinner, choose between Greek, Himalayan, Mexican, French, Japanese, Italian and American cuisine. Places like Blue Collar Bistro and Livingoods offer diverse menus with many local ingredients.

Sight-see and Shop

Within an hour of Plattsburgh, you can explore city streets and historical sites, shop big or small, see concerts and tour scenic areas. The short list:

  • Montreal. Concerts, nightlife, history, French-Canadian culture, professional hockey, endless food—don’t forget your passport!
  • Burlington. Hop on the ferry from Cumberland Head or Port Kent, and spend a day walking the city’s renowned shopping area, Church Street, and poking around the waterfront.
  • Lake Placid. The two-time Olympic host is one of the best places in the state for lake and mountain views, and you can see them as you check out quintessential Adirondack shops.

For student photos from around the region, scroll the #PlattsLife gallery on Instagram. For information on events and businesses along the Adirondack Coast, check out the Adirondack Coast Visitor’s Bureau.



Contact Information

The Admissions Office is located on the 10th floor of the Kehoe Building.

Phone: (518) 564-2040
Toll-free: (888) 673-0012
Fax: (518) 564-2045
Email: admissions@plattsburgh.edu

Mailing Address:
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901