Skip to main content

Discover 10 Fun-Filled Attractions & Things to Do in Schenectady

Searching for your next adventure in Schenectady? Look no further! No matter the season, Schenectady has activities for all ages and interests. From roller skating to taking a stroll through a garden of roses, we've got you covered with these top 10 attractions and things to do.

Try Your Luck at Rivers Casino & Resort

People around a poker table laughing

Located on Rush Street in Schenectady, Rivers Casino and Resort has everything you need for a getaway without even leaving. Starting in their casino, they have 65 live table games, among other popular games and slot machines. You can even stop by New York's first-ever sports betting lounge while you're there.

In addition, guests can enjoy fine dining at their on-site restaurant and listen to live music at one of their entertainment venues. Browse their events calendar to see when different performers will be there.

Practice Your Skating Skills at Rollarama Skating Center

colorful lights shining on an indoor roller blading rink

Whether you are looking for a venue for your next birthday party or just some fun on wheels, Rollarama Skating Center is the place for you. Through years or experience this family business has grown and become the skating center people know and love today. Check out their public skating times and events, and get ready to experience great music, great food, and great fun.

Enjoy Shows and Music at Local Theaters

people seated in a historic theatre for a play

Proctors Theatre

The renowned Proctors Theatre provides a place for people to gather and see theatre, art, dancing, music, and more. Known to have excellent lighting, seating, and acoustics, Proctors is one of the best venues for live entertainment in Schenectady.

Mopco Improv Theatre

Check out the region's best improv shows on Fridays and Saturdays at Mopco Improv Theatre. Looking to volunteer and help behind the scenes, or even take some classes? Go to their website to find out how you can get started.

Schenectady Civic Playhouse

Come and see what the Capital District's Oldest Community Theater is all about. Family-friendly, the Schenectady Civic Playhouse offers a mix of exciting productions each year. They are sure to captivate you and leave the audience wanting more.

SLOC Musical Theater

Focused on providing a place for adults and youth to express themselves on stage and behind the scenes, the SLOC Musical Theater is a top performing arts venue. View the upcoming season on their website and secure your tickets for a show.

Take a Stroll Through the Central Park Rose Garden

a tall and ornate fountain in a rose garden

Nestled in the center of Schenectady, the Central Park Rose Garden is available for people to stroll through the beautiful landscape, take wedding or family photos, rent as a venue, or even volunteer to help maintain it. In 1995, when the garden was going to be abandoned, the community took action to help preserve the space so future generations can continue to enjoy this natural attraction.

Get Hands On at miSci's Exhibits

kids checking out a foggy science experiment

Created to highlight science, discovery, and creation, the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) is an amazing place for people of all ages to learn something new. View their variety of classes and current exhibits, and plan a trip with the family.

Explore the Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway

bicycling on a road by grassy area

The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway brings visitors from Schenectady to Cohoes and Waterford. All of this is along the Mohawk River and tells the story of the area's rich history. Head out on a self-guided tour of the route and soak up the natural scenery and views along the way. Bicycling, hiking, and even paddling are all recreational activities you can enjoy.

Celebrate Winter at Maple Ski Ridge

Maple Ski Ridge at night

Hit the slopes this winter at Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady. This family-owned ski area is fun for skiers and riders of all ages, and rentals, lessons, and other services are available. They have 8 alpine trails, and 7 of them are open for night skiing. And, don't forget to check out their non-winter activities, such as their outdoor summer camp for kids and popular fall festival with chairlift rides, music, and more.

<< Back to the Schenectady Guide