Are your summers defined by the awesome concerts you attend, ice cream cones you consume and the number of personal records you break on your 5K time? If so, you’ll love summertime here in the Capital Region. Whether you're joining us for a tour or one of Siena College’s Summer Days, plan on making a weekend of it.
Here's just a sampling of summer attractions in the Capital Region:
- Visit the Saratoga Racetrack. A day spent at "the track," as we call it, is a favorite summertime activity for out-of-towners and Capital Region natives alike. Just 45 minutes from our campus, head north to Saratoga to watch a few horse races, people-watch throughout the crowds and grab lunch from the dozens of eateries and food trucks parked around the course. (Ever see the movie Seabiscuit? Part of that was filmed at the track!)
- Listen to live music. Alive at Five and Rockin' on the River host the area's signature summer concerts, drawing big-name artists from around the Capital Region and beyond. Catch the free concerts every Wednesday night at Riverfront Park in Downtown Troy, or every Thursday night at Tricentennial Park in Albany. (Click the links above to see who's performing and when.)
- Root for the home team. The Tri-City ValleyCats, a minor league affiliate of the Houston Astros, kick off their season every June at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium ("The Joe"), in Troy. From post-game fireworks shows, superheroes night and 50-cent hot dog night, there are cool promotions and giveaways to participate in throughout the summer. You can also find pro baseball on Siena's campus—the Albany Dutchmen, who compete in the PGCBL wooden bat league, play at Siena's Connors Park. There's no better way to end a day on campus than by watching some of the best college players in the country play America's pastime.
- Shop at the Troy Farmer's Market. Start a Saturday morning off right walking around the renowned Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market, where more than 80 local chefs, bakers, artists, florists and others put their best creations on display. (A few can’t-miss vendors: Buddhapesto, Sweet Sue’s and The Berry Patch.) Live music and a view of the Hudson River both included.
- Run for a cause. Every summer, hundreds of runners and walkers come to our area to participate in or be spectators at some very popular races including the Freihofer's Run—voted one of the seven "must-do" 5K races in the U.S.—and Albany's Color Vibe 5K. (And if you want to see Siena College staff on the run, you’ll always find us at the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge in May!)
- Go for a round of mini golf. With a simple Google search, you'll find that upstate New Yorkers have a thing for miniature golf. Family-friendly mini golf courses are around every major corner and open late this time of year. We like All 4 Fun, Pirate’s Hideout and Dan’s Miniature Golf, just to name a few. Be sure to go for ice cream after your game; Saints love the flavors at Stewart’s, Coney Express and Kurver Kreme.
- Climb a tower—or a mountain. Rain in the forecast? You won't need an umbrella on the 42nd floor of the Corning Tower, the tallest building in the state outside of New York City. Your view from the Tower will span the Hudson River Valley, the Adirondacks, the Catskills and the Berkshires—a perfect Instagram opp. But if the weather is nice and you’re staying for a few days, the camping and hiking options up in the Adirondacks are an outdoors fan’s dream.
- Take a turn on the Ferris Wheel. Whether you're bringing your younger siblings along or just want to let your inner kid loose, Huck Finn's Playland is a local amusement park with rides that will have you reliving your younger days. (All these years later, the Scrambler is still a good time.) Plus, the Playland has a pretty remarkable history. Read about it here. Need more of an adrenaline rush? Six Flags’ Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom is just 45 minutes from campus in summer haven Lake George.
Like we said, you'll want to stay awhile. Next stop: Siena College.