Looking for something unique to do this summer or fall? Head on over to Schenectady for an great tour of this historic city. Read more about what you can expect to find on this complete Trolly Tour. Located close to Saratoga Springs and Albany, Schenectady County is a historic and cultural area just waiting to be explored. Visit Say...Schenectady to help plan your trip!
Looking for something completely different to do?
By: Nell Burrows
Take a Trolley Tour through historic Schenectady. The Chamber of Schenectady County and the Albany Aqua Ducks have brought guided trolley tours to Schenectady. The twice monthly trips began in June and will continue through the fall. On the second Thursday of each month a tour departs from the rear of Proctors Theatre at 6:00 pm and on the third Sunday, the trolley leaves from the Schenectady Museum on Nott Terrace at 1:00 pm.
The trolley takes visitors through the downtown arts district, into New York State's first historic district - The Stockade neighborhood, to the stately homes in the GE Realty Plot, and onto the Union College campus. Tours last about an hour. The $23 ticket includes a full day admission to the Schenectady Museum.
Schenectady's history goes back to 1661 when the area was part of the Dutch colony of New Netherland. The tour will explore the city's heritage and history. Stockade area highlights include a home with 25 inch thick walls and secret passageways, the first subway, and dueling churches - get a glimpse of the past through the windows of the trolley!
In the GE Realty plot, trolley riders will get a glimpse into the lives of the inventors and scientist who made Schenectady the original "Tech Valley."
The men who lived in this neighborhood developed technologies that affect the lives of all Americans to this day.
The tour is completely aboard the trolley - no walking involved. Guides will point out which sites may be toured or visited independently for those wishing to explore Schenectady more thoroughly.
Before or after your tour, take advantage of free admission to the Schenectady Museum and Suit-Bueche Planetarium. The GOTO Chronos Space Simulator offers the most realistic view of the night sky available. The star machine allows you to see 8,500 stars, 26 deep-sky objects, 24 constellations, and much more. Other revolving museum exhibits may include "The Science of Baseball," FETCH? Lab Activities or archival photography.
And while you're in town have a bite to eat at one of the many dining options available. Choose from coffee and pastry at Villa Italia or the Muddy Cup, crepes from Chez Daisey, an Irish Reuben at Katie O'Byrnes, piattini at Aperitivo or pizza at Nico's or Pizza King. There are over 40 choices for eating in Downtown Schenectady.
Reservations for the Trolley Tours are a must and can be made on line at www.albanyaquaducks.com or by phone at 462-3825.
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