Summer Isn’t Over Yet! 5 Summer Things to See and Do in Troy, NY

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Don’t let that Halloween display at your favorite retailer fool you. Summer is not over until September 22! Make the most of these precious remaining weeks with these top 5 favorite destinations in Troy.

Prospect Park

Run out of things to keep the kids busy until school starts? Prospect Park offers plenty of fun (and free) solutions.

Tucker them out with an afternoon of soccer or softball and then have them freshen up at the spray pool. Or how about putting together a picnic with all of the delicious items you scored from the Troy Farmer’s Market (happening Saturdays in downtown Troy during the summer!)?

Looking for something more low-key? Hop on the nature trail and take a leisurely stroll. Make a game of it by having the kids identify the various critters they spot.
Tennis, anyone? The U.S. Open is just around the corner. Get in the spirit by working on your backhand.

  • Approx. 80 acres
  • 14 Tennis Courts
  • Nature Trail
  • 8 Parking Areas
  • Spray Pool
  • Softball and Soccer Fields
  • Picnic Pavilion
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    Uncle Sam Bikeway

    Love biking but tired of dealing with traffic and honking horns? The Uncle Sam Bikeway offers a serene setting lush with trees and wildflowers. Be on the lookout for the summer beauties, which include phlox, Queen Anne’s lace, false foxglove and roses.

    Here’s an interesting tidbit to pique your interest:

    “At the culvert about one-quarter mile north of the monument at Knickerbacker Park an unmarked trail branches off to the east. This trail leads up through a ravine known as “Devil’s Kitchen,” past two waterfalls, into Oakwood Cemetery. This cool, moist ravine has many interesting ferns and wildflowers…There are great views across the Hudson Valley from the bluff at the top.”

  • 3.5 Scenic Miles of Paved Asphalt
  • Walk, Bike, Inline Akate
  • Large Variety of Trees and Wildflowers
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    The Snowman

    After you’ve burned some calories at Prospect Park or the Bikeway head over to The Snowman Ice Cream Parlor for a treat. Indulge in a shake, sundae, banana split, flurry, malt, or keep it simple with a cone.

  • In Business Since the 1950s!
  • 30 Flavors of Handmade Ice Cream- made on premises daily.
  • Ice Cream, Yogurt, Sherbet
  • Accepts Debit and Credit Cards
  • Open until October
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    Captain JP Cruises

    Think you don’t have the time or money for a summer cruise? Think again! The Captain JP Cruise Line offers several different cruise options to accommodate your desires. Looking to do something fun after work on Friday? Spend an evening of dinner and dancing on a three-hour cruise down the Hudson or an afternoon enjoying Sunday brunch.

    Coast down the river past Albany and learn about the Hudson River as you sip champagne and enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, Prime rib dinner, dancing and/or comedy.

  • Weekly Cruises
  • Largest Cruise Vessel in the Capital Region of Upstate New York
  • Central Air
  • Full Service Bars
  • Dance Floor
  • Three Enclosed Decks
  • Summer Dock Located in Downtown Troy
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    Poestenkill Falls

    Who would expect to find a picturesque waterfall and enormous gorge right in downtown Troy? It’s just too amazing not to check out! Park your car and take a short hike to the falls and don’t forget your camera. According to the website, “late evening or overcast days are ideal for photography.”

  • Also known as Mount Ida Falls, Wire Mill Falls
  • 85’ Waterfall that Drops into a Gorge, then Drops another 75’ into a Massive Pool!
  • Large Parking Area off Linden Avenue
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    And here are two bonus suggestions that were referenced in early summer, but deserve another mention:

    Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market

    Spend a nice Saturday perusing the stands of fresh local produce, meats, cheeses, artisan breads, pastries, honey, preserves and chocolates. Non-edibles include specialties like flowers, plants, soaps, lotions, and artisan wares such as pottery and handspun wool. Afterwards, stroll through downtown Troy and take lunch at one of the many restaurants that offer outdoor dining, like Brown’s Brewing, Daisy’s Bakers, or Jose Malone’s.

  • Open Saturdays 9am-2pm (May through October) Rain or Shine.
  • Free Parking (Uncle Sam & 5th Avenue parking garages)
  • Accepts Debit and EBT cards
  • 80+ Local Vendors
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    The Joseph L Bruno Stadium “The Joe”

    Baseball is synonymous with summer. If you haven’t yet checked out the Tri-City ValleyCats, you’re missing out on a hometown brand of America’s favorite pastime. They’re currently first in their division! 

    Treat the whole family to a great time at the Tri-City area’s premier baseball complex and maybe even get a pic with Southpaw!

  • June through September
  • Free, Ample Parking
  • Inflatable Play Area for Kids
  • Great View from Every Seat
  • Extensive Concessions Menu (traditional ballpark fare as well as unexpected items such as fresh fruit and wood fired pizza!)
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    So what are you waiting for? Get out there and enjoy the rest of the summer while you still can, it’ll be gone before you know it!