Introduction to Schenectady, New York
Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady county, is 143 miles N of New York, New York. The city is in the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area. There are 61,821 residents in Schenectady.
Schenectady was originally inhabited by Mohawk Indians. They called the settlement "Schau-naugh-ta-da," which meant "over the pine plains." It was first settled in by Europeans in 1661 and was incorporated as a borough in 1765. In 1798 it was reincorporated as a city. The city is also home to Union College, which was founded in 1795. As a reference to two of its prominent businesses, Schenectady was once referred to as "The City that Lights and Hauls the World."
Schenectady and nearby Attractions
- Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
- Central Park Rose Garden
- Schenectady County Historical Society Museum
- Scotia - Glenville Children's Museum
- Thompson's Lake State Park
- Berkshire Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Schenectady
During your stay in Schenectady, you can visit the Carrie Street Park, Fairview Park, Jerry Burrell Park, Michigan Avenue Park, South Avenue Park, Steinmetz Park, Kailberg Park, Woodlawn Park and Wallingford Park. The Central Park Rose Garden is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day. Golfers can enjoy the facilities offered by the Whispering Pines Golf Course and the Schenectady Municipal Golf Course. The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, Schenectady Museum and the Schenectady County Historical Society Museum are also popular local spots.
Albany International is the nearest major airport.
Schenectady Higher Education
Schenectady County Community College, Spencer Business and Technical Institute and Union College are some of the local colleges.