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Potsdam (pop 9,000) is a village in the town of Potsdam in northern New York State.


Market Street, Potsdam

Founded in 1806 and named after the orange Potsdam sandstone found in Central St. Lawrence County.

Get in


By car


Take US 11 north from Watertown or NY 56 south from Massena.

By bus

  • 1 Trailways Bus Line, Market Square Mall, 22 Depot St., toll-free: +1-800-776-7548. M-F 5:45AM-12:50PM, Sa 5:45-8:30AM & noon-12:50PM, closed Sunday/holidays. Intercity bus from Massena, Potsdam, Canton, Gouverneur, Evans Mills, Watertown and Pulaski to Syracuse. Air and rail connection at Syracuse. Onward bus connection from Syracuse to NYC.

By train


There is no Amtrak service in the region. The closest passenger rail is in Brockville (VIA) or Utica-Rome (Amtrak). The closest passenger rail to connect directly to the bus to Potsdam is in Syracuse.

By plane


There is a tiny one-runway Potsdam municipal airport which houses thirteen single-engine planes for general aviation (FAA LID: PTD), but the closest scheduled Essential Air Service is in Massena (MSS IATA) or Ogdensburg (OGS IATA), each with two daily Cape Air flights from Albany. Massena and Ogdensburg are reachable from Canton-Potsdam by county-level commuter bus:

  • St. Lawrence NYSARC, Save-A-Lot, 200 Market St. or Wal-Mart, US Route 11, +1 315 386-2600. Weekday commuter bus service to Ogdensburg, Massena (three runs daily), Canton and Morristown. $2.

Get around

Map of Potsdam (New York)


  • 1 Clarkson University, 8 Clarkson Ave., +1 315 268-6400. Private university founded 1896, 3500 undergraduate and postgraduate students on two campuses; arts, science, business and engineering. Clarkson University (Q931865) on Wikidata Clarkson University on Wikipedia
  • 2 SUNY Potsdam (State University of New York), 44 Pierrepont Ave., +1 315 267-2000. Founded 1816 as the St. Lawrence Academy, which became the Potsdam Normal School to train teachers of music, mathematics and the arts. 4500 students, two libraries and an art gallery. State University of New York at Potsdam (Q7603628) on Wikidata State University of New York at Potsdam on Wikipedia
  • Orchestra of Northern NY, +1 315 267-3251. Live performances at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Concert Hall and around the region (Watertown, Massena). $22/person.
  • 3 Potsdam Public Museum, 2 Park St. (Civic Center), +1 315 265-6910. Local and civil war history, archives.


  • 1 Potsdam Town and Country Club, 6194 State Highway 56, +1 315 265-2141, fax: +1 315 261-4652. Golf course with restaurant (+1 315 265-1234), pro shop. 9 holes $15-17, 18 holes $25-32, cart +$9-15.
  • There is a riverside state park in Colton for swimming, fishing and hiking.


  • Potsdam Farmers' Market, south of the Main Street parking lot. mid-May - Oct: W Sa 9AM-2PM. Local produce and meats, baked goods, wine, maple syrup, flowers, crafts. Winter market Sa 1-3PM at VFW Post, 95 Market St.


  • 1844 House, 6885 US Hwy 11, +1 315 268-1844. Tu-Sa 4:30-9PM. American bistro, local produce, regional cuisine.
  • Becky's Place, Pratt Commons, SUNY Potsdam. M-Th 7:30AM-7PM, F 7:30AM-3PM. Salads, pizza, baked pastas, paninis, soups and takeout items. Grill, adjacent Tim Horton's café.
  • Cactus Grill and Cantina, 11 Raymond St., +1 315 265-0240. Mexican.


  • 1 McDuff's Tavern, 59 Market St, +1 315 261-4089. M-Sa 11AM-11:30PM, Su noon-11:30PM. Tavern in restored 1860s brick building, full menu and selection of cocktails, beers, and wines. Pool, darts, flat screen TVs. Second bar with dance floor and DJ downstairs.



Hotels and motels

  • Clarkson Inn, One Main St, +1 315 265-3050, toll-free: +1 800-790-6970, fax: +1 315 268-5848, . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM content=Boutique hotel near university campuses, 40 rooms, wi-fi, small meeting space, refrigerator/microwave in room, free local calls.. Varies.
  • Potsdam Inn, 7518 US Highway 11, +1 315 265-0709. 16-room family-owned motel, non-smoking, wi-fi, refrigerators, continental breakfast included. $80-100/night.

Go next

Routes through Potsdam
ChamplainMalone  N  S  CantonWatertown
ENDMassena  N  S  ENDS at W E

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