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Area Overview

Potsdam is a town located in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The town population was 17,029 at the 2010 census. Potsdam is a cultural and educational hub of Northern New York. When SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University are both in session, the population increases by approximately 8,000 students. The town is named after the city of Potsdam in Germany. The Town of Potsdam also contains a village named Potsdam.The scenic Racquette River bisects the community and provides residents and visitors with panoramic riverine views, convenient recreational access and is a source of renewable energy for the Village's generation of hydro-electric power. Settled in 1802, the Village was recognized as one of the industrial and commercial centers of St. Lawrence County given its hydro power assets, its agricultural and mineral wealth. Today the Village is best known as a center for health care, education and retail trade in Northern New York. The village has many local owned dining options including the regions only gluten free cafe/bakery as well as a few known brand named "fast food" chains.

Includes Cities/Towns: Norwood, Potsdam.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness













Potsdam offers many outdoor recreational and fitness options. There are walking/hiking trails along the Raquette River within Potsdam as well as in nearby communities. The river provides for fishing, canoeing, and in some sections- white water kayaking. Potsdam has a movie theater, bowling alley, and has outdoor festival and concerts during the summer months. Potsdam has a great downtown of unique specialty shops.

Cultural Activities





Potsdam is fortunate to be the home of the Orchestra of Northern NY, the Crane School of Music, Community Performance Series, Potsdam Public Museum, and the St. Lawrence County Arts Council. All of these organizations provide the community with access to a variety of cultural activities from music and theater events to art exhibits/workshops, book clubs, and historical exhibits.

Attractions






Potsdam offers many outdoor recreational and fitness options. There are walking/hiking trails along the Raquette River within Potsdam as well as in nearby communities. The river provides for fishing, canoeing, and in some sections- white water kayaking. Potsdam has a movie theater, bowling alley, and has outdoor festival and concerts during the summer months. Potsdam has a great downtown of unique specialty shops.

Transportation



Public bus transportation available via a county wide program which has routes between nearby communities. Local taxi services available as well.

Climate

Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall


 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  4.5  15.2  25.9  2.3 "
 February  7.0  17.8  28.7  2.0 "
 March  18.8  29.0  39.2  2.4 "
 April  32.2  42.5  52.8  3.0 "
 May  44.7  55.7  66.7  3.0 "
 June  53.6  64.2  74.8  3.4 "
 July  58.4  69.0  79.5  3.7 "
 August  56.1  66.7  77.3  4.1 "
 September  47.5  58.1  68.7  4.2 "
 October  36.2  46.6  57.0  3.3 "
 November  27.0  35.5  44.1  3.4 "
 December  12.6  22.0  31.5  2.7 "

Best Time To Go:

Summer and fall.

Potsdam is located in the St. Lawrence River Valley between the Adirondack Mountains and the mighty St. Lawrence River that separates this part of New York State from Canada. We are far enough North and away from the Lake Ontario to avoid Lake Effect Snow but do receive measurable amounts of snow from other storms. We do have four seasons though the length and intensity of our Winter can last beyond the month of February. Our comfortable Summers lead into a beautiful autumn with great tree foliage.

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