What To Do When You Visit Us in Schenectady, NY

September 27th, 2019 by

A bird's eye view of Schenectady, NY in the summer time.

We’re strong believers that you don’t have to drive the three hours plus drive to New York City to have a good time. Upstate New York is home to plenty of great sights to see and exciting things to do. Far from the bustle of the city and the quaint Schenectady, NY is a small patch of city smack dab along the Mohawk River. At DePaula Ford, we get customers from all over the state of New York and beyond. Those who visit us from out of town are often surprised by the charm that Schenectady, NY, has to offer. From the lush waterside halls of Rivers Casino and Resort to the verdant groves of Central Park Rose Garden, Schenectady, NY, is a gem of Upstate New York. As the leading Ford dealership in the area, we’re proud of our hometown and all that there is to do here.

Getting Outside in Schenectady, NY

Walk down the streets of Manhattan or Brooklyn, and it’ll be difficult to understand the true natural beauty that New York state has to offer. Schenectady, on the other hand, showcases the rural beauty of New York front and center. There are many natural wildlife sites scattered across and beyond the city. One of these natural-life hotspots in the city is the Central Park Rose Garden. Set in the center of the city, and laden with lavish roses and other floral wildlife, Central Park Rose Garden is a highlight of any visit to the city of Schenectady. The locale is home to more than just roses and flowers, but also glistening ponds, bubbling streams, and a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Just ten minutes from Schenectady is another wildlife gem known as Mountain Ridge Adventure. Mountain Ridge Adventure is nestled in the heart of the overgrown forest and is home to treetop zip lines and climbing challenges. Not only is this a thrilling place to take the family, but it is also a great way to experience just how vibrant, green, and beautiful, the New York countryside can be.

If you don’t want to travel too far from the city, don’t worry. Mohawk River provides plenty of opportunities for kayaking, fishing, and simply sunbathing on the river. Visit one of the many aquatic rental shops scattered up and down the river, and you can take to the water and enjoy the stunning natural landscape in and around Schenectady.

Relaxing at Rivers Casino and Resort

Glistening up against the banks of the Mohawk River is Rivers Casino and Resort. This locale is a sure highlight of any visit to Schenectady. Between the lively entertainment, plenty of tables and slot machines, fine cuisine, and decadent accommodations Rivers Casino and Resort is a popular spot for both locals and visitors.

When it comes to food, Rivers Casino and Resort brings plenty to the table. For instance, if you got a craving for great steak, you can look no further than Dukes Chophouse that’s located in the same building. With the finest cuts of beef, seafood freshly plucked from the ocean, and a brilliantly designed cocktail list, Dukes Chophouse is bound to impress even the staunchest steak lover. Just steps away from the casino floor, and including an outdoor patio that provides uninterrupted views of the Mohawk River. Dukes Chophouse is the perfect place for a romantic date night or a high-class meal with the family.

If you have a hankering for a meal of the Eastern variety, Mian might be the perfect pick. Offering a wide variety of flavor in an immersive and intimate setting, Mian is a fan favorite for visitors and locals alike. Choose from a diverse menu of rich broths, sizzling vegetables, fresh seafood, and authentic ramen dishes to dine just steps away from the casino floor.

Rivers Casino and Resort is more than just a place to gamble and eat; it’s also home to plenty of live entertainment. For instance, at Van Slyck’s, visitors will find a charming casino-side bar and stage that features performers from all genres and backgrounds. The Event Center is the largest venue on the Casino and Resort grounds and is one of the best places for live performances up and down the Mohawk River. Featuring prime-time acts like Wayne Brady, the Rat Pack, and Blue Oyster Cult, the Event Center at Rivers Casino and Resort is a true highlight of the Schenectady area.

A woman just won big at a slot machine while visiting Schenectady, NY.

If you’ve come from out of town to purchase a car from our dealership, we often suggest staying at the Rivers Casino and Resort Hotel. You’ll find only lavishly furnished rooms and suites nestled right along the banks of the river. If you’re in for a truly luxurious time, we recommend booking one of the Bay Suites. Featuring 650 square feet of lush living space, a wrap-around balcony, and breathtaking views of the Mohawk River, staying in a Bay Suite means staying at one of the best spots in town.

Other Great Attractions in Schenectady, NY

Our hometown offers plenty more beyond the famous Rivers Casino and Resort. For example, settled in the center of the city is the Proctors Theatre. From the moment you walk under the vintage marquee, you’ll be transported to an era of New York City Broadway now only found in the history books. Featuring world-famous plays like West Side Story and Mamma Mia! The Proctors Theatre is a great place to enjoy a night out on the town.

Every Sunday, a nondescript of Schenectady parking lot becomes alive with activity. Early Sunday morning, tents and vendors gather to sell local produce and other trinkets and novelties at the weekly Schenectady Green Market. Enjoy live music, dine on the region’s freshest produce, and savor the flavor of delicious local creations. The Schenectady Green Market is the perfect place to get the best local experience.

Also located in the Schenectady city limits is Via Aquarium. Here visitors can get up close and personal with vibrant sea-life both local and from across the globe. Home to over 25,000 square feet of tanks and pools, Via Aquarium is the perfect place to take to the family to educate them on the wonders of the ocean.

Visiting Our Schenectady Dealership

There is plenty to love about our hometown of Schenectady, New York. Imagine all of the charm and class of New York City without the bustle and overwhelming crowds of people. One part big city, two parts naturalist escape. There is a reason why we get visitors from all across the country, excited to see what we have to offer. Some visitors even come to specifically walk our Ford model showroom to purchase a brand new or preowned vehicle. At DePaula Ford, we strive to be more than just your ordinary dealership. Our goal is to be your number one resource for all of your automotive needs. On top of knowing a lot about cars, our dealers can serve to be your unofficial tour guide, as well. We’re a dealership made up of locals who know all the ins and outs of the city of Schenectady, and are excited to share some of our recommendations. So, whether you’re looking for a new car, want local travel advice, or both, our team at DePaula Ford has got you covered.

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