NYCap Fall Fun will give you ideas to make your Fall 2016 semester at Siena the most interesting, adventurous, and most of all fun semester yet. It’s great to be a college student in the capital of New York, and there is a lot to do off campus. I’ll keep you up to date on event schedules in Albany and the capital district and give you ideas for great ways to spend your weekend!
Here are some ideas to start off your September right.
- Apple Picking- Apple picking is such a basic fall activity, but everyone loves it. Go to one of these awesome apple orchards less than half an hour away from Siena. Then come back to campus and bake an apple pie, your friends will thank you.
Bowman Orchards:The closest apple orchard to campus, just 20 minutes away.They offer pick your own apples in the fall, as well as pick your own berries in the spring. They also have farm animals, including horses, sheep, and a baby cow!
Indian Ladder Farms: Only 28 minutes from Siena, this 100-year-old farm has a lot to offer. Indian Ladder Farms is a popular place for apple picking, but they also have a farm market selling local products, as well as the Yellow Rock Café, which is open for brunch on the weekends.
Saratoga Apple: It’s 42 minutes away from Siena, but in my opinion the trip is worth it. I go there every year! After getting a bag of apples, it’s really fun to have a hot apple cider and a donut and listen to the live music. They just launched 2 hard ciders for the first time, so enjoy-if you’re 21 🙂
I’ve heard they all have the best cider donuts, so go to all 3 and decide for yourself!
- Apples and Wine Festival: Speaking of apples, the Apples and Wine Festival is Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th at the Altamont Fairgrounds. There will be tons of food vendors, wine tasting, a craft fair, and a car show. Kids (and people with townhouses) can paint their own pumpkins.
- Larkfest: Larkfest is New York State’s largest one-day street festival, taking place on Lark Street on Saturday, September 24th. Students all over the capital region look forward to it every year because it’s always a blast. Albany closes down 8 streets for the festival, and there will be hundreds of vendors plus 2 live music stages.
Get on the bus across the street from Siena and have a festive day.
- Hiking- Siena is surrounded by good hikes!
John Boyd Thatcher State Park is super close to campus, and has some Insta worthy views of the Hudson-Mohawk valley as well as both the Green Mountains and the Southern Adirondacks.
The Adirondacks aren’t too far away- If you want a great view of Lake George, Buck Mountain, Sleeping Beauty, and Hadley Mountain are all good options. If you’re looking for a challenge, try Mount Marcy, the highest peak in NY. Prospect Mountain is especially gorgeous in the fall, and if you’re not a hiker, you have the option to drive up!
- Kayaking: Why not try kayaking while it’s still warm! Saratoga Lake has a great kayak rental shop, the Kayak Shak. They rent paddleboards too, which is also really fun. Just try not to fall in the lake!
If you would rather cruise than kayak, the Fish Creek Fall Foliage Cruise is every Thursday-Sunday starting September 16th at 4:30pm.
Go to Harvest and Hearth after, it’s right next to Kayak Shak and it’s my favorite pizza place.
I hope I gave you some great ideas for staying active in the Albany area on your September Weekends at Siena!