“Is there anything to do off campus?”
This is a question that I am often asked when I am giving a tour to a prospective student and their family. But this is understandable, since at a first glance it seems as though St. Lawrence University is in the middle of nowhere.
As you drive along the roads that seem to have no end, past winding rivers and maple trees taller than buildings, it’s easy to forget that you are still rather close to many larger cities and things to do. Students love exploring the North Country and finding new places to spend their some of their free time.
Here is a list of seven places perfect for a day trip... all within two hours of St. Lawrence!*
1. The American Theatre in Canton, N.Y. (Less than a mile, two minutes)
Offering nightly showings throughout the week and matinees on the weekends, the American Theatre is a great option if you want to get off campus for a few hours without going too far and catch a new movie. Bonus: They offer a student discount on Monday nights if you show your student ID when purchasing your ticket!
2. Market Lanes in Potsdam, N.Y. (11.8 miles, 18 minutes)
Market Lanes is a good choice when looking for a way to spend time on the weekend. They have cosmic bowling every Friday and Saturday night in addition to extended hours (5 p.m. to 1 a.m. according to their Facebook page) to accommodate busy schedules.
3. Mac Johnson Wildlife Area in Brockville, Ontario, Canada (42.8 miles, 59 minutes)
Throughout the winter (weather permitting!) the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area offers a pond to skate on and a trail for cross-country skiing. (Passport required)
4. Parliament of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (78 miles, 1 hour, 26 minutes)
Take a day to visit the capital of another country by visiting the parliament building, seeing the Centennial Flame, and grabbing lunch at one of the many restaurants. (Passport required)
5. Dry Hill in Watertown, N.Y. (65.9 miles, 1 hour, 28 minutes)
Known throughout the North Country for downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, Dry Hill is another great option for spending time outdoors during the winter months. They also have a rental shop you are able to rent items from in case you haven’t brought your gear to SLU with you.
6. Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y. (84.6 miles, 1 hour, 41 minutes)
This museum looks at the history of the Adirondacks by having permanent exhibits that feature historic cottages, boats, art galleries, and various gardens. You can also stop by the Lake View Café for lunch. Bonus: Receive a student discount with your student ID!
7. Lake Placid, N.Y. (82.9 miles, 1 hour, 42 minutes)
Lake Placid is the perfect location to spend a day or a full weekend, especially if you have friends that would like to do different activities for part of the time. There are so many to choose from: Visiting the historic Olympic Center, shopping on Main Street, dining in one of the many restaurants, or enjoying time on Mirror Lake. Also, Whiteface Mountain is just another 20 miles away!
*All mileage and time calculated by Google Maps.