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Endless family-friendly experiences in Schenectady, New York

Featuring: Angela Kelly

Director of Sales and Product Development , Discover Schenectady

From hiking and waterfalls, to catching a broadway show, the experiences to be had in Schenectady are endless.

Are you looking for a small, but powerful, family -friendly community to adventure to? You've come to the right place. Rediscover America sat down with Angela Kelly from Discover Schenectady to discuss her favorite places to explore with her friends and family.


Where would you take a local to show them a new side of your destination?


Outside of downtown Schenectady, is the Glenville area that has a lot of great spots you can check out and make a day trip out of it. They have a brewery, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company, with food trucks and nice outdoor seating. Also, Downtown Schenectady has great shops and markets, and if you're lucky, you can catch a broadway show at Proctor's Theatre.


What is the best spot for walking with your dog?


We've taken our grumpy (but cute!) old Beagle, Jerry, to Plotter Kill Preserve. There are great trails and a beautiful landscape to hike and see the waterfalls. The trails can be a bit bumpy, so it is important to watch your footing and help lead your dog in certain areas.

"Our community is small but powerful, and as families are looking to make the little trips, I think you can find a lot of great things to do in our area." Angela Kelly, Discover Schenectady


What is your family’s favorite place to explore on a day trip?

Maple Ski Ridge

For our family, this past winter, we spent a few Saturdays at Maple Ski Ridge. It was a great place for my 6-year-old son to learn how to ski. It is a nice place to be out with family and friends.


Who is the coolest character to meet in your destination?

Philip Morris

A name that is synonymous with Schenectady is Phillip Morris, the CEO of Proctor's Theatre. If you're ever at a show, he has such a presence, and to hear him speak about the community and the exciting things happening in our downtown area is pretty phenomenal.

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Angela Kelly

Director of Sales and Product Development

About The Contributor

Angela strives to promote local attractions while also inspiring visitors and residents alike to experience all that Schenectady has to offer.