There’s a whole lot to love about Troy and the surrounding Capital Region! Troy is home to an array of unique independently owned shops, a variety of fantastic restaurants, music venues, prestigious colleges, breweries, as well as historically rich and stunning architecture; we’ve even heard rumors that it’s considered to be ‘the new Brooklyn’.
Troy is situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River with easy access to Schenectady and Albany, the state’s capital. Saratoga, best known for its performing arts venue (SPAC), racetrack, and exciting night life, is a quick 45-minute jaunt up the Northway. The city is an hour’s drive from the breathtaking Adirondack and Berkshire regions, and just three hours and change from NYC, Boston and Montreal, as well as the coast for all those summer beach trips.
To help you enjoy all this area has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of some our faves, along with other helpful info. Feel free to make some popcorn and get comfortable before you read on.
John Boyd Thacher State Park features fields, hikes, and the historic Indian Ladder Trail atop fossil-rich cliffs with mountain & valley views.
Peebles Island State Park is a 190-acre state park located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, with hiking and cross-country ski trails, as well as picnic tables, pavilions, and fishing access.
Do they need an introduction? Spanning more than six million acres, the Adirondack Mountains are best known for their pristine forests, lakes, rivers, and recreation opportunities. Looking for some high-altitude adventure? Hike one (or all!) of the 46 high peaks, or spend your summers roaming the countless trail systems, camping in the wilderness, and kayaking your way across one of the 3,000 lakes and ponds that are within this region.
Saratoga Spa State Park is a 2,379-acre state park, whose grounds contain mineral springs, classical bath and spa houses, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).
Located just outside of Albany in the town of Colonie, The Crossings is a beautifully maintained 130-acre park free to the public, featuring playgrounds, hiking and running trails, open fields, pavilions, and a pond, hosting multiple events and festivals throughout the year.
This gorgeous 2,500+ acre park offers a beach, boat launch & rentals, a bridle path, hunting & fishing, ice skating, and trails for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking.