There is so much the Capital Region has to offer before the leaves start changing and Saints come marching in for the start of the school year.  Is there anything better than concerts, farmers markets, and eating outside? Albany celebrates summer with bike rides, boat rides, and many more great events. Saints don’t sit on the sidelines in the summer either... 

The Great Outdoors

Need a break from summer courses or work? Take a trip to Thatcher State Park, a quick half hour trip from Siena’s campus. Thatcher Park offers twelve additional miles of trails for summer hiking and mountain biking and provides an incredible panorama view of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Saratoga Race Track

Saints are less than an hour away from America’s oldest sporting venue!  There is one thing all upstate New Yorkers can bond over - an afternoon at the Saratoga Race Track. The track opens mid July and closes in the beginning of September, which is perfect timing for Saints living on campus in the summer to have some fun and experience first hand the excitement of stake races and special events. 

Beat the Heat

Saints trying to beat the summer heat have a lot of options. Crossgates mall and Colonie Center offer retail stores, movie theaters, and bowling alleys! Upstate New York takes “treating yourself’ to a whole new level. Right down Wolf Road is restaurants and local burger joints that offer outdoor dining - and even better - many offer a discount to Siena Saints! A chocolate banana split from Guptill's Ice Cream Shop on a summers night, just five minutes away from campus? Count us in! 

Singing in the Summer

The only time Saints can attend Albany’s free concert series is from June to August. These Thursday night live concerts draw large crowds of professionals, students and residents to their free shows at 5 p.m. They are on the banks of the Hudson River downtown. Who wouldn't want to see up-and-coming acts and some of region’s most talented original artists… for free?!

Learn Where you Live

Saints are living in an area of unique American history and discovery. There are a number of museums to visit, like the Albany Institute of History & Art, New York State Museum, and  Discover Albany Visitors Center. Students can learn outside of the classroom by touring the New York State Capitol. Exhibits at the New York State Museum highlight the birds of New York, historic fire engines, and the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and recovery.