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Potsdam, NY

Visit Potsdam, New York

A Victorian and sandstone setting is the backdrop for Potsdam's modern educational, cultural and scientific centers, medical and shopping facilities, a wide variety of restaurants, local airport and accommodations. Rich in heritage, the community is also on the cutting edge of technology.  Founded in 1806, Potsdam is situated on an abundant and wide band of well-renowned, reddish-orange Potsdam sandstone located north of the Adirondack foothills in central St. Lawrence County. For nearly two centuries as the county's "cultural and educational center," Potsdam is home to Clarkson University, the State University College at Potsdam and one of the state's finest public school systems.

Rich in Culture & Heritage

Potsdam is a cultural center in the county and includes a variety of niche shops and array of restaurants.

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Day Trip: Potsdam

General Idea The Town of Potsdam is centrally located within St. Lawrence County, and northeast of Canton. The Village of Potsdam is home to both Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam; two great universities. Both of these schools are a hop, skip and a jump away from unique downtown shops, restaurants, outdoor recreational activities and more. Although Potsdam is a small town, if you know where to look you can discover there’s a lot to it! Food | Where to Eat in Potsdam 3 Bears Gluten Free Bakery is a bakery and cafe featuring gluten free baked goods and even meals. They have a full menu and are…

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Day Trip: Hannawa Falls

Hide away for the day in Hannawa Falls! It’s off the beaten path but has enough amenities that you can leave home in a hurry and figure it out when you get there! Hannawa Falls (population 1,040) is a charming hamlet on the Raquette River in north-central St. Lawrence County. From the North and West – Head for Potsdam, NY then take Rt. 56 south out of Potsdam for about 3 miles. From Ottawa, ON, likely the only major Canadian city close enough for a day trip, you can cross the border in Ogdensburg NY, take Rt. 68 east into Canton, NY and then Rt. 11 north…

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Where to Shop

Browse through unique, family-owned shops for handcrafted wares and artisan goods.

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Where to Eat & Drink

Potsdam has a range of restaurants, eateries, cafes and bars with local and international cuisine options.

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Where to Stay

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With the mighty St. Lawrence River to the north, the Adirondack Park to the south, and our rich river valley in the center of it all, you'll discover a wide variety of activities & opportunities in New York's north country.



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