Are you looking for fun things to do in Plattsburgh with kids? This small city has plenty of indoor and outdoor options for a family fun day out of the house. Since moving to the Adirondacks, I’ve spent many days searching online for fun things to do in Plattsburgh with kids, or nearby, and only found general information about parks and beaches, but what if you don’t want to be outside? What if it’s cold as it so often is in Northern New York? So here is a real guide to:
Fun things to do in Plattsburgh with Kids
Plattsburgh, New York sits right outside the Adirondack Park in the northeast portion of New York State and is approximately 1.5 hours from Montreal. It’s a great place to find kid-friendly activities whether you are a local, resident of nearby areas, or visiting the Adirondacks and need a small city break away from the nature trails and scenic mountains. We love the Adirondack Mountains, but sometimes we just need family fun and mall time. And Plattsburgh is the place to do it.
Our favorite fun things to do in Plattsburgh with kids:
Champlain Centre Mall:
Champlain Centre Mall, on Smithfield Blvd, may not seem like a family fun destination but is our go-to place for family fun day—especially during the long Adirondack winters. Just look at the great things the kids love to do here.
A wonderful place for the kids to jump an hour away on all the inflatables To run out some of their inexhaustible energy. And at $9 for an hour, it is a bargain to boot—remember to bring a pair of socks along
Arcade – The Fun Zone
What can I say? The boys of all ages love the arcade. The Fun Zone is in a corner by the Food court right to Regal Cinemas. My boys can spend hours in this small arcade.
A convenient place to see a movie, with eight theaters, the Regal Cinemas often has something playing for everyone. With our four boys, aged 5-19-year-old, finding something they will all watch is impossible. With all these options, the older boys can see a movie of their choosing, while Hubby and I watch the cartoons with the little guys. One day we will watch grown-up movies again! One day.
Animal Fun Rides
Animal Fun Rides operates out of a kiosk right outside the Kid Zone, and my littlest guys adore zipping around the mall to the music on these fuzzy friends. The older ones even got in on the action.
Escape Room 60
You have 60 minutes to work together to solve the puzzles in one of Escape Room 60’s rooms. A great way to relationship build and spend fun family time. Escape Room 60 offers real escape rooms and virtual reality experiences.
Zoom around the indoor track at top speed with one of Lakecity’s RC racers. Here the boys can race for approximately 20 minutes per session (until the battery charge runs out). Kids must be 8 years old to race one of Lakecity’s RC cars, but children under 8 can race with a parent. My 7-year-old made us crash often—okay, Mom was definitely a worse RC driver.
Kid’s Station Children’s Museum
This is a small hands-on children’s museum great for the younger kids. $5.00 admission keeps them playing for hours on cold or rainy days. And an interesting robotics club went on when we visited.
Cumberland 12 Cinemas
The Cumberland 12 Cinemas have a few great deals worth mentioning like their Dinner & Movie deal with the Ground Round Restaurant. They also offer Sensory Friendly Shows where the sound is turned down and the lights up. And every Wednesday morning at 10 they show $5 movies—a great treat for the little ones, or for mom and dad to sneak off to after putting the kids on the school bus.
North Bowl Lanes
Nice bowling alley for a “wholesome good time.” North Bowl Lanes are also filled with great family deals. A good bet any time of the year.
I know I’ve gone on about all the great things we find to do at the mall, but when we discovered Champy’s we were blown away. Part of the Comfort Inn and Suites, kids can swim year-round in the Splash Zone Indoor Waterpark (it is a small pool with a decent slide, and fun toddler area) the cost for non-hotel guests is $10 for three hours.
When the splashing is done we head to the boy’s favorite place—another arcade. But Fun City has more than just a regular arcade, there are interactive carnival type games, Ball-o-city (an additional $9.50 per two hours for this three-story fun space), Lazer tag, a Lazer maze, mini-bowling, glow in the dark putt-putt, stuff your own bear (like Build-a-bear but much more affordable), and bumper cars! There were enough activities for us to spend a whole weekend. Read why we think Champy’s offers the best indoor activities for kids in Plattsburgh.
If you stay at the Comfort Inn and Suite, which I highly recommend, access to the splash zone is included, and the ball-climbing area is $9.50 for 24 hours). We went with a van load of kids, spent the night, and it was well worth our time and money.
On Smithfield Blvd across from The Champlain Centre Mall, Medussa’s has a full schedule of gaming opportunities for the boys—Yu-Ghi-Oh tournaments (a Saturday tradition for the older guys in our house), Magic, Dungeon and Dragon, there is always something going on at Medusa’s.
Along Route 3 not only sells hunting, archery, bows & fishing supplies, but they also have an on-site indoor Archery range! This is a fun place to test our your new bow and your skills. My boys are looking forward to taking lessons at Adirondack Archery in the near feature.
This small apple orchard has great outdoor activities for kids. My boys love spending time in the bouncy houses, and the sweet little petting zoo, and taking pony rides in the summertime. Late summer and fall are my favorite times of the year because it is apple picking time! And I get my apple picking fill at Bankers and pick the biggest best pumpkins at Halloween. There are good-old fashion quarter rides especially popular with the little guys, and something for everyone else in the country store. Grab one of the best freshly-made donuts.
For the more adventurous types, or those like me that love all things weird and creepy, The Greater Adirondack Ghost & Tour Co. offers four walking tour options that with stories of fires, sinking ships, and murder. Their website hauntedhistorytrail.comlists four tours: Dr. Beumont’s Tour of Terror, Spector & Soldiers: A Tour of the Old Roman Catholic Burial Ground, The Spirits of SUNY Plattsburgh, and The Ghosts of the Old Post. We’ve not tried the ghosts tour yet, but they are on my must-do list for this Halloween season (might as well pair Halloween and Ghost Tours). The only problem will be choosing which tour to try first. Fear not—or fear—I will update you all when we go out on these creepy haunts.
Plattsburgh Skate Park
Our 14-year old is the Skateboard enthusiast so no trip to Plattsburgh (or anywhere ) would be complete without checking out the local area skate park. Plattsburgh’s rails are in Melissa Penfield Park. This public park also has a children’s playground, sports facility, and a dog exercise area, so it keeps all the kids busy while the 14-year-old skates.
Nature Trails and Plattsburgh City Beach
An outdoor section wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Plattsburgh’s many nature trails and the city beach. This freshwater beach sits on the shores of Lake Champlain offering seasonal swimming areas, nature trails, picnic tables, and a dog park. There is even a campground!
Annual Events In Plattsburgh
As you can see Plattsburgh is filled with opportunities for family fun, and one of our favorite places to visit. If all these activities are not enough the city hosts a few seasonal events that my kids never miss.
PBS PlattsNerd sponsored by Mountain Lake PBS takes place at the Champlain Centre Mall. Activities include Cosplay competitions, gaming, and artist tables. The third-annual PlattNerd will be held on October 13, 2018. Check out more info at PlattsNerd.mountainlake.org. Can’t wait for the boys to enjoy this year’s event.
Plattsburgh Comic Con
The second annual Plattsburgh Comic-Con just passed. The older boys were there both days, August 4th and 5th—they had a blast. Now we will wait almost a whole year for the third annual event! We will keep posted by checking their website at plattsburghcomiccon.com
This is just a small list of things to do in Plattsburgh with kids, and we will be updating the list as we explore every nook and crannies of this fun-filled small city.
Have you visited Plattsburgh? Have an activity or event to share? Tell us about it in the comments, and we will list and check it out!