Situated on the western shore of Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh has played host to a number of historic struggles and events.
The city is perhaps best known as the site of the War of 1812's Battle of Plattsburgh, a history that is recounted at the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center, where models of three American war ships are on display. Plattsburgh's history is further explored at Clinton County Historical Museum and the Kent-Delord House Museum. But historical attractions are not the city's only draw. Parks, golf courses and family amusement centers present an array of opportunities for family fun and outdoor activities. Go-karting at Ponderosa Family Entertainment Center, scuba diving in Lake Champlain and apple picking at Applejacks Orchard are just a few of the activities that await visitors. Travelers should not miss the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, which features a sculpture park, a gallery of works by Rockwell Kent and a schedule of temporary art exhibitions.