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Fun Things to do Near Siena For the Non-Partier

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Siena chapter.

Having lived in the Capital Region for nearly ten years now, I have had the chance to fully explore an area that has much more to it than meets the eye. Although college is notorious for spending free time partying, several people would rather spend their time in other ways. Personally, I love to explore and find unique places, and I encourage you to do so as much as you can during your time here. What you find may surprise you! Here are some fun things to do near Siena that will allow you to make the best of your college experience around Albany:


There is a huge selection of wonderful places to eat and pass time around Siena College. A few cafés where I enjoy studying or just sipping a mocha include: Starbucks, Little Pecks, 3 Fish, Superior Merchandising Co., Bard and Baker, and the Daily Grind. All of these have a great atmosphere, and I will often spend hours at one when I want to get off campus for a while and get some work done or catch up with friends. Regarding restaurants, there are honestly too many good ones for me to highlight here! If I had to choose my top five that come to mind, I would say: Celadon Thai, Zaitoon Kitchen, 110 Grill, Tala Bistro, and the Latham 76 Diner. Check out the Restaurant Recommendation article or Google for even more options!

Troy Farmers’ Market

Troy is a developing city located about 15 minutes from Siena’s campus, and the city holds an enormous farmers’ market every Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. It is always bustling, and definitely a sight to see, with live music, incredible eats, and not to mention, adorable dogs all around! Be sure to stop by at least once for a great time with an awesome atmosphere.

Board Game Café

Also located in Troy, the Bard and Baker Board Game Café only opened a year ago, but is one of the most unique and fun experiences I have had living in Albany. A $5 fee is paid to play any board or card games you choose from the biggest collection I have seen, and you can play as long as you want! You can purchase snacks and drinks ordered to your table, and they even host trivia nights on Sundays! Definitely check this one out when looking for something to do with friends.

Empire State Plaza

Despite being one of Albany’s most “touristy” attractions, as someone who has lived here for a long time, I can still say the Empire State Plaza never gets old. Located in downtown Albany, I recommend hitting the Plaza for a stroll, a meal, or a photoshoot. It contains the Egg, beautiful government buildings, and in the winter, an ice skating rink. The New York State Museum is also located there, and there are often sculptures and art installments rotating throughout the year. The Empire State Plaza is a must see for anyone visiting or staying in Albany.

Indian Ladder Farms

More of a fall time favorite, ask any 518 native and they will recommend Indian Ladder Farms to you as a great way to spend an autumn day. It has beautiful apple orchards, adorable farm animals to pet and feed, and the most delicious cider donuts and desserts. Be sure to check out their pumpkin patch as well!

As a whole, while it may seem like it can be easy to get bored in the Capital Region, it is a good idea to always keep exploring! The 518 is always expanding, especially due to the current wave of gentrification, and you can always find something to do.

Abeer is a senior at Siena College. She is a Psychology major with a Pre-Med track, and hopes to attend medical school after graduating. On campus, she is a Bonner Service Leader and enjoys volunteering. She loves art, fashion, exploring, traveling, music, animals, and movies.