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5 Capital Region late-summer fun ideas

CAPITAL REGION

5 Capital Region late-summer fun ideas

Summer at least unofficially ends today, and the kids will be back in school soon, if they’re not already.

At Jackson’s Garden, summer still lingers

SCHENECTADY

At Jackson’s Garden, summer still lingers


In a far corner of Jackson’s Garden, an apple tree bows, its limbs heavy with red-tinged fruit.

It’s still summer — so do nothing

CAPITAL REGION

It’s still summer — so do nothing

Spending a day doing nothing requires preparation. A “quick trip” to the store can easily turn into a journey into the heart of errands, and this is the enemy of laziness.

A little quiet to recharge before school frenzy

SCHENECTADY & SCOTIA

A little quiet to recharge before school frenzy

The kids have back-to-school-itis. Hubby and I have been working opposite shifts all summer. The sun sets sooner and rises later every day as summer fades, and this mom needs a break.

Moxham Mountain perfect peak for late-summer hike

MINERVA

Moxham Mountain perfect peak for late-summer hike

Moxham Mountain affords a sweeping view to the west and south, including a direct view of Gore Mountain and its ski trails on top.

Clifton Park eatery offers good food, fun

CLIFTON PARK

Clifton Park eatery offers good food, fun


Whether you are going out with a group of friends or having a quiet twosome, picking a place to eat can be an agonizing process.

Volleyball is a great summer activity

SCOTIA

Volleyball is a great summer activity

Are you totally serious about volleyball? Just want to work up a good sweat and enjoy some pizza afterward? Somewhere in between?

Hiking at night a different way to see nature

Hiking at night a different way to see nature

The Capital Region and surrounding areas have many great places to hike on those warm, sunny days, but don’t pass up the opportunity to do the same hike at night.

Paddle boarding a great way to relax, or get a good workout

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Paddle boarding a great way to relax, or get a good workout

Julian Stallard of The Kayak Shak isn’t surprised that paddle boarding’s popularity is exploding. It’s because of the freedom to paddle board in any way you want.

Park offers perfect view of Cohoes Falls

COHOES

Park offers perfect view of Cohoes Falls

Dan Hytko isn’t a historian, but since working at the steward station at the Cohoes Falls, he’s picked up a lot of interesting information.

Tawasentha Park has a great pool

GUILDERLAND

Tawasentha Park has a great pool


Emily and Heather Depew were going to Tawasentha Park.

Roping, riding, barrel racing … all right in Malta

MALTA

Roping, riding, barrel racing … all right in Malta

The bright lights, flying dirt and beating hooves of the rodeo are a lot closer than people might realize.

Lots to see, taste, hear at Ballston Spa Farmers Market

BALLSTON SPA

Lots to see, taste, hear at Ballston Spa Farmers Market

While I would highly recommend a trip to the wine country along beautiful Seneca Lake, it takes more than three hours to get there. Closer to home, and a surprise winner in the “places-we-went-with-aunt-Theresa-and-uncle-Jim” category is the Ballston Spa Farmers Market.

Local history, geology spotlighted at Waterford museum

WATERFORD

Local history, geology spotlighted at Waterford museum

U.S. Congressman Hugh White was obviously the kind of guy who wanted to be where all the action was, and in the early 19th century that was Waterford. Today, his large white house, built in 1831, serves as home for the Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center,

Grafton Peace Pagoda a good summer day excursion

Grafton Peace Pagoda a good summer day excursion

The first peace pagodas were built in Japan in the aftermath of World War II, with the goal of uniting people of all races and creeds behind the concept of world peace.

Victoria Pool a classic and classy summer getaway

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Victoria Pool a classic and classy summer getaway

The moment you enter Saratoga's Victoria Pool, you’re suddenly someone else: Perhaps a 1935 country-club darling who has come to Saratoga Spa to rest and drink spring water at the Recreation Complex. Or her brother, who has come to golf and bet on horses at the track.

Summer’s fading  fast, but there’s still free music available

CAPITAL REGION

Summer’s fading fast, but there’s still free music available

Summer’s winding down and the crickets have taken over for songbirds in the evening hours.

Kayak rental business gets people out on the water

WATERFORD

Kayak rental business gets people out on the water


Donna Larkin is committed to water. For the past three years, since she started Upstate Kayak Rentals, she’s been getting kayakers, both new and old, onto different waterways as much as possible.

Kids, adults eager to give Playland rides a whirl

ALBANY

Kids, adults eager to give Playland rides a whirl

Playland is nearing the end of its first season at the Huck Finn’s complex.

Hudson Crossing Park a new river gem

SCHUYLERVILLE

Hudson Crossing Park a new river gem


Over the past decade, a new public park has been established less than a mile north of the Saratoga County village of Schuylerville, where visitors can take in nature or history in equal parts.

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