Head west on Route 67 and then south on Route 50 to reach Schenectady, a thriving cultural center full of activities and attractions about a half hour from the communities of Ballston Spa and Malta. Schenectady gained prominence in the mid-20th century as the headquarters of General Electric and the American Automotive Company, and the city still retains its blue collar, truly American feel. With Union College as its centerpiece, you'll find plenty of interesting restaurants, shows, and attractions geared toward entertaining Schenectady's sophisticated local residents. We've highlighted a few favorite stops we think you'll love for a relaxing weekend jaunt.
Year after year, Proctors remains Schenectady's number one voted attraction, and it's no wonder; described as "classic", "an American gem," and "the heart and soul of downtown Schenectady," there's no better place in all of the Capital District to spend your evening. Newly renovated and architecturally stunning, Proctors plays host to touring rock bands, on and off-broadway shows, and special screenings of classic movies. The Proctors is located at 432 State Street in downtown Schenectady.
The Stockade Historic District, a neighborhood in Schenectady's northwest corner, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a delight for history and architecture buffs. The area is replete with 17th and 18th century Dutch and English buildings, and serves as a present day reminder of Schenectady's colonial identity and character.
During the warm summer months, you won't want to miss Central Park, Schenectady's beautifully maintained public park flagship. In particular, the Central Park Rose Garden boasts a stunning display of innumerable, meticulously maintained roses. Leave plenty of time to explore the rest of the park's winding walk ways, dog park, swimming pool and children's play area, basketball courts, and award winning 18-hole municipal golf course.
Once winter roles around, strap on your skis for some downhill alpine excitement at Maple Ski Ridge, a short 20 minute drive from Schenectady. Maple Ski Ridge offers affordable rental and lift pass packages so your entire family can learn to ski. Eight labeled trail runs range in difficulty from green circles (beginner) to black diamonds (advanced), and they manufacture their own snow when mother nature doesn't cooperate. If you've ever wanted to learn to ski, or you want to get your kids comfortable on the slopes at an early age, Maple Ski Ridge offers a range of lesson options, for kids and adults alike. Maple Ski Ridge is located at 2725 Mariaville Road in Rotterdam.
We've listed just a few of the many reasons Schenectady is a great place to visit for Saratoga County residents. Living in Saratoga County affords you the opportunity to return to Schenectady in Schenectady County as frequently as you please, and it's a big reason Saratoga County remains an ideal place for families to move and set down their roots. If you have a favorite Schenectady attraction we've overlooked, be sure to mention them in the comments section below.