Visiting Potsdam

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Potsdam is a wonderful town to visit! With roughly 16,000 year-round residents, Potsdam is a quaint Victorian Village nestled along the Raquette River in the heart of St. Lawrence County.  Potsdam is home to a variety of shopping and dining experiences, an active downtown corridor, two world-class Universities, as well as a beautiful backdrop of mountains, pristine lakes, rivers and ponds.  All of these qualities make Potsdam a wonderful place to visit, work, live and learn. 

Each year the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce holds several large events meant to promote the community with fun activities that the whole family can enjoy!  These events include the Spring Fling and Clean-up (April), the annual Summer Festival (early in July), Fright Night (Thursday prior to Halloween), and shopping events in December, with new events being added all the time!  You can browse our website or contact the Chamber of Commerce to find more information about these events!

One of the big draws to Potsdam are the two local Universities; Clarkson University is home to the Clarkson Golden Knights - Division I Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, competing yearly in Cheel Arena and hosting other Division I schools such as Yale, Harvard, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Maine and more!  In addition to their history in sports, Clarkson is known throughout the world as a leading educator in the fields of Engineering, Business, and the Arts.   Just across town, SUNY Potsdam is home to a variety of Division III sports, which compete in the SUNYAC league against teams from SUNY Plattsburgh, Oswego, Brockport, Buffalo and others.  SUNY Potsdam is well known for its history and excellence in teacher education, as well as the world famous Crane School of Music. 

Furthermore, as an added benefit to the wonderful academic and athletic programs that these schools bring to Potsdam, both offer a wealth of entertainment through lectures, symposiums, non-credit courses, cultural fairs, as well as musical and dramatic shows.  Moreover, the universities constantly bring in world-class entertainment in the form of concerts, comedians, and special events.  Contact Clarkson University or SUNY Potsdam for a list of upcoming events!

Located just outside Potsdam are several area agricultural learning attractions, from alpacas, sheep, buffalo as well as traditional upstate farms raising dairy and beef cattle. Many local producers participate in the Potsdam Farmer’s Market held from Mid-May to October.  

Within a short drive, there are several local areas to participate in birding, canoeing, camping, golfing, hiking, angling and more! For any type of outdoor activity, the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce will more than likely have a map, information, or “local know-how” about the activity! Stop in to 24 Market Street to learn about the little local treasures that make this area one of the most beautiful in the world!     

If staying inside is more your style, visit the Potsdam Public Museum or Library, both located in the downtown area.  You can also travel the short distance to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Bingo Palace, the Fredrick Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg, Farmer Boy’s Home in Burke, the new state-of-the-art Wild Center in Tupper Lake, or several local battlefields and barracks in Ogdensburg, Sackets Harbor and the 1000 Islands.

Make a reservation at one of our local hotels, motels, or B&B’s today! Potsdam is truly yours to discover!  For more information about visiting Potsdam, please call the Chamber at 315-274-9000, or visit us on the web at www.potsdamchamber.com.