Underrated Activities to Try in the Capital District

For those that complain about there never being anything to do in Albany, you might be looking in the wrong places. Check out the below suggestions that show the wide range of activities offered in or around our Capital city!

See Live Music!

What: The Hollow Bar + Kitchen

Where: 79 N Pearl St, Albany, NY 12207

When: Every day except Sundays (see website for times)      

10-15 minutes away from Siena

Why: Want to see a live performance without breaking the bank? The Hollow hosts live performances from a variety of up and coming musicians every week. It’s a great place to discover new music and meet up with friends! Be sure to try their food as well!

For more information: http://www.thehollowalbany.com


Go Rock Climbing!

What: The Edge Halfmoon

Where: 1544 Route 9, Halfmoon, New York 12065

When: Open everyday (see website for times)     

About 20 minutes away from Siena 

Why: If you're looking for something new to do with friends or you want to challenge yourself all while having a great time, try The Edge Halfmoon! It’s the biggest rock climbing gym in the Capital District and they even give discounts to college students on Wednesday nights and women on Monday nights! 

For more information: http://www.theedgehalfmoon.com


Go Hiking!

What: John Boyd Thacher State Park

Where: 1 Hailes Cave Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186     

About 30 minutes away from Siena

When: Open year round, 7am- sundown

Why: Stressed out or need a break from doing work? Thacher Park has some of the most beautiful and scenic views in the Capital District! Be sure to take the Indian Ladder Trail where you’ll be sure to see the Minelot Falls waterfall. They also have campsites for those who want to go camping and in the winter, Thacher Park is a great place to go cross-country skiing! 

For more information: http://www.nysparks.com/parks/128/details.aspx 


Go To A Farmer's Market!

What: Schenectady Greenmarket

Where: November–April: Inside Proctors (432 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305), May–October: Around City Hall (Near 105 Jay St, Schenectady, NY 12305)

Roughly 30 minutes away from Siena 

When: Sundays, 10am-2pm

Why: Tired of the food at Saga? Try a local farmer's market! The Schenectady Greenmarket is just one of many farmer’s markets in the Capital District where you can find fresh produce, baked goods, and handmade crafts. All vendors are local and the best part is that it’s open year round!              

For more information: http://schenectadygreenmarket.org/