Introduction to Colonie, New York
Colonie, New York, in Albany County, is 6 miles NW of Albany, New York and 137 miles N of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Albany-Schenectady-Troy metro area, Colonie is home to some 7,916 residents.
In the 19th century, the area was included in the Town of Watervliet. However, in 1895, the residents of the community voted to form a separate town, and parts of Watervliet were split off to create the towns of Colonie and Green Island. Colonie derived its name from a Dutch word meaning settlement outside the city. Colonie was officially incorporated as a village on March 2, 1921. In the 1930s, the village experienced growth and progress following the establishment of a fire company, and construction of an underpass on the Albany-Schenectady Road.
Colonie and nearby Attractions
- New York State Capitol
- Children's Museum of Science and Technology
- New York State Museum
- Peebles Island State Park
- Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
- Berkshire Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Colonie
The New York State Capitol, the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and the New York Executive Mansion are some of the nearby museums and sites of historical interest. Peebles Island State Park, which is located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, offers fishing, hiking and picnicking opportunities. Berkshire Botanical Garden and Howe Caverns are some other popular local destinations.
Albany International is the nearest major airport.
Colonie Higher Education
Siena College, Excelsior College, the College of Saint Rose and Union College are all accessible from Colonie.