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Discover Schenectady

Rich History and Cultural Offerings

Nestled along the Mohawk River, Schenectady was once known as the city that “lights and hauls the world”, a characterization stemming from it being the home for both General Electric and the American Locomotive Company. While our railroad history remains an important part of Schenectady’s past, General Electric still has a significant presence in Schenectady County to this day and the region continues to thrive as a global center for innovation.

These days, you can catch a Broadway show at the iconic Proctors Theatre, visit Mohawk Harbor, a shiny new beacon along the Mohawk River, featuring Rivers Casino & Resort (the region’s only casino with live table games) their array of great restaurants and nightlife and outdoor amphitheater which hosts many events and concerts throughout the year all in front of a beautiful backdrop.

Schenectady’s food scene is top-notch! Visit any of Schenectady’s great neighborhoods, the Stockade, Little Italy, Upper Union, Downtown or head outside the city limits for some great dining experiences for the most discerning palettes. And there’s beer! The Schenectady County Ale Trail features 6 home-grown breweries, each in a unique setting. Be sure to pick up your passport and use any of the trolley, shuttle or ride-share services to enjoy them all safely.

And we embrace our rich history and cultural offerings. The Schenectady County Historical Society, Mabee Farm, MiSci and Union College all offer tours and activities for the whole family. Our parks and trails offer unrivaled beauty and accessibility for hiking, biking & running. The Mohawk River and its supporting canal, the Erie Canal, connect the Hudson River and the port of New York with the Great Lakes at Buffalo, NY. The opportunities for boating, kayaking, water skiing and other water recreation keep visitors and locals happy all summer long. For more family fun, visit ViaPort Aquarium, Maple Ski Ridge (year round fun) or Mountain Ridge Adventure.

Schenectady County is located in Upstate New York, just 3.5 hours north of New York City, just over an hour to Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame) and 20 miles west of the state capitol in Albany, making Schenectady County the perfect hub & spoke destination for your next trip. We are accessible from I-87, I-90, I-88 and I-890.

Don’t want to drive? No problem! Schenectady County is served by the Albany International Airport just 20 minutes away as well as by Amtrak with their beautiful new station in the heart of our downtown where hotels are just a short walk or ride-share away. Amtrak’s 6 trains per day from New York City offer a convenient escape from Gotham and continue on to other destinations like Montreal, Rutland VT, Niagara Falls and Chicago. And you can bring your bikes on the trains now!

So, let Schenectady County surprise you for your next getaway any time of the year! While COVID-19 restrictions and protocols are still in place, there is always more to explore in Schenectady. Visit to get your journey started.       

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