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Explore the Arts and Sciences on a Bus Rental in Schenectady

A bus rental in Schenectady can help you see more of the city.

Schenectady, New York

Schenectady is a city that is located in a county with the same name. The home of more than 66,000 people, Schenectady is located near where the Hudson River meets the Mohawk River. It is also called the Electric City because of the presence of General Electric. Nevertheless you should explore everything that the city has to offer with a bus rental in Schenectady.

Get on a bus rental in Schenectady and immerse yourself in the arts and sciences.

Schenectady is not what you expect it to be as far as tourism is concerned. Nope, there are no vineyards you can visit, no mountains and beaches and others. Instead, you can have your fill of theaters, restaurants, retailers and other similar attractions in the city. So get on a bus rental in Schenectady, NY and explore every little thing that the city has to offer.

Arts & Culture

Visual arts. Check out the Mandeville Gallery, which exhibits the works of both nationally known and internationally renowned artists. The permanent collection has more than 2,500 artworks and artifacts.

The New York Folklore Society Gallery has exhibits on the state's folk life and folklore, including traditional beliefs, arts, culture and leisure.

Performance arts. Classic Theater Guild Inc. (Schenectady, NY 12302) gives you the finest community theater, including classic and original musicals and plays. While the Empire State Youth Orchestra includes more than 300 very talented youngsters in nine different ensembles, giving you a great concert experience. The Schenectady Civic Players, on the other hand, is the longest running community theater that has come up with close to 450 productions since 1928. Further, Schenectady Light Opera Company produces musical theater performances.

You can also catch great acoustic musical performance with The 8th Step. The Coffee House has seen the likes of Ani DiFranco, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton, Odetta and Holly Near grace its stage. Further, catch the performances of the Northeast Ballet.

Lastly, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra brings chamber music and classical music to local audiences in the city.

Watching the city's many performance arts groups will take you to these great venues:

  • The Agnes Macdonald Music Haven (Schenectady, NY 12309), which is the perfect outdoor venue for music concerts and has repeatedly featured both national artists and international musicians on its stage.
  • The Proctors Theatre is the Capital Region's premier venue for performances. You could watch the top Broadway productions here, as well as musical performances, comedy acts, dance performances and opera. All the best performing arts events are held here.

Museums. The Museum of Innovation and Science (Schenectady, NY 12308), also known as MISci, gives you interactive and hands-on science-related exhibits, as well as more than 1.6 million images in their archives. You can also buy science-related and educational toys here. Another science-related attraction in the city is the Dudley Observatory that aims to teach people about science, science careers and astronomy. While the Edison Tech Center celebrates engineers and inventors with hands-on and interactive exhibits.

Others. You might also want to drop by the Hamilton Hill Arts Center (Schenectady, NY 12307) that focuses on African arts and culture. Or check out the Union College campus, which is the first to be architecturally designed in the country. It is where you could find the Nott Memorial and the Memorial Chapel. You can go on a free walking tour when you visit.

Restaurants & Shopping

The Schenectady Greenmarket opens every Sunday to welcome shoppers who want fruits, vegetables and other items from the vendors who grow them. Live performances are held during the market to keep things lively. But you can also explore the many small shops that dot the city.

Get antiques from Bob Williams Enterprises, Patricia's Room Vintage and Antiques or Vintage Art. You can get gifts at Zaria and Bella's Gift Shop or books at The Open Door Bookstore.

And of course, the city also offers you a wide variety of food choices. Here are some restaurants that the locals just love.

  • Ambition Coffee House & Eatery
  • Canali's Restaurant & Banquets
  • Ferrari's Ristorante (Schenectady, NY 12303)
  • Jasmine Thai Restaurant (Schenectady, NY 12306)
  • Marino's Flying Pizza & Restaurant
  • Mr Wasabi
  • Oliver's Café
  • Peter Pause Restaurant
  • Pizza King
  • Tara Kitchen
  • The Bier Abbey
  • The Van Dyck Restaurant & Lounge
  • Union Cafe (Schenectady, NY 12309)

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

When in town, consider playing some golf at these fine golf courses:

  • Mohawk Golf Club, East Course
  • Mohawk Golf Club, Wee Course
  • Schenectady Municipal Golf Course
  • Stadium Golf Club (Schenectady, NY 12304)
  • Whispering Pines Executive Golf Course

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Schenectady, Historical Sites & Landmarks

Get on a bus rental in Schenectady and tour the many historic sites in the city. Check out:

  • Stockade Historic District, the first historic district to be designated in the entire state. This is where you could find historic businesses, churches and homes that date back to the 17th century.
  • Vale Cemetery and Vale Park, where you could learn more about the city's colonial, military, and industrial histories. This is also the site of many running events such as the MVP 5k Run and the Stockade-athon.
  • Schenectady City Hall features Federal architecture. The city all was designed by architects McKim, Mead & White who also designed NYC's Penn Station.
  • GE Realty Plot has 19th and 20th century homes that feature a variety of architectural styles such as Georgian, Tudor, Dutch Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Queen Anne and others.

Other historic places you can visit include:

  • Central Fire Station
  • First Unitarian Society Church
  • Foster Building
  • Franklin School
  • General Electric Research Laboratory
  • H. S. Barney Building
  • Hotel Van Curler
  • Irving Langmuir House
  • Schenectady Armory
  • Schenectady City Hall and Post Office
  • Union Street Historic District
  • US Post Office - Schenectady

Apart from these sites, you should also visit the Schenectady County Historical Society.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Schenectady, Parks & Outdoor Activities

Jackson's Garden spans eight acres of beautiful gardens and woods located inside the Union College campus. But if you talk about parks, you simply must start with Central Park (Schenectady, NY 12309). Very much its namesake in the Big Apple, the city's Central Park is the pièce de résistance of the county's many parks. Here, you could find a Rose Garden, public pools, the Iroquois Lake, a dog park, disc golf course and tennis courts.

The city also has other beautiful parks you can choose from:

  • Carrie Street Park
  • Fairview Park
  • Front Street Park
  • Grout Park
  • Hillhurst Park
  • Jerry Burrell Park
  • Kailberg Park
  • Liberty Park
  • Michigan Avenue Park
  • Mt. Pleasant Fields
  • Orchard Park
  • Pulaski Park
  • Quackenbush Park
  • Riverside Park
  • South Avenue Park
  • Steimack Park
  • Steinmetz Memorial
  • Steinmetz Park
  • Veterans' Park
  • Wallingford Park
  • Westinghouse Park
  • Woodlawn Park

Other Points of Interest

Watch a movie at Bowtie Cinemas (Schenectady, NY 12305), or bowl at Boulevard Bowl.

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