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spring tulips

Spring is here

Spring Activities in the Region

The snow is melting and the temperatures are creeping up. It’s time to see all the region has to offer this spring.

Events

70th Annual Tulip Festival: Saturday, May 12 – Sunday, May 13

Activities

Golf

Miniature Golf

Parks

Patio Dining

CRLC/ESE Event

Stay tuned for information on our May monthly event (most likely taking place in Saratoga on Friday, May 18th – save the date!).

For more spring ideas, including rainy day activities, visit https://www.albany.com/spring/.

 

Albany at Christmas

Holiday Events

Christmas is almost here! There's a chill in the air and the smell of peppermint and holly. Whether you've lived your entire life in Upstate New York or you're new to the area, there are lots of things to do.

Local Events

Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk 2017
When: Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Various Locations in Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Italian Christmas Market
When: Friday, Dec 1, 2017 until Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: American Italian Heritage Museum, 1227 Central Avenue Albany, NY 12205
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Breakfast with Santa at St. Mary's School
When: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: St. Mary's School, 40 Thompson Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Cost: $5 per person

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival
Music, ice skating, and more!
When: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Visit the website for the time of each activity: https://winter.empirestateplaza.org/

Troy's Victorian Stroll
When: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Troy
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Meet CRLC and ESE students and staff at 1:00 PM at Monument Square!

For many more events, from candy houses to craft fairs, visit: https://www.albany.com/events/holiday/!

And don't forget the great outdoors! The Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Catskills are only a short drive away for winter hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Or try ice skating or snowmobiling.

If you'd like to explore more of the state, check out this list of the 10 Most Charming Small Towns in Upstate New York!

 

Thanksgiving turkey

A Time to Give Thanks

We're thankful for...

Family
Friends
Health and happiness
Hot beverages on cold days
Our collegiate partners: CIA, FMCC, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY SCCC

Local Thanksgiving Events

Turkey Trot races throughout our area
Albany  
Saratoga
Troy

...and if you feel like a trip to the Big Apple:

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Our next monthly event

Troy Victorian Stroll, Saturday, December 3rd, at 1 PM. Meet us at Monument Square!

*This is a good time of year to think about giving to those in need: https://regionalfoodbank.net/

Fall Activities

Welcome to Fall in Upstate New York!

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is becoming cooler (despite the few warm and humid days we've had this fall), and it's time to make plans to see the fall foliage, go apple or pumpkin picking, and enjoy Halloween.

Upstate New York is known for its delicious apples. Here's a list of apple orchards where you can pick your own apples, taste apple cider and cider donuts, and do other fun activities.

Do you want to see the best fall foliage in the area? Check out this list of places to go "leaf peeping".

Visit one of these pumpkin patches to buy a pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern or decorative gourds.

Here's a list of Halloween events in Albany. These include haunted hayrides, parties, ghost walking tours and even trick-or-treating tips.

Or browse this site for fall recipes and other fun things to do in the fall in Upstate New York!

Information about New York’s Capital Region & the Adirondacks

Empire State English is fortunate to be located near several cities in the Capital Region of New York and not far from the beauty of lakes and the Adirondack mountains. Here is more information about our area of eastern New York State:

The Capital Region refers to the metropolitan area surrounding Albany, the capital of the U.S. state of New York. In the 21st century, the Capital District has emerged as a major anchor of Tech Valley, the moniker describing the technologically-focused region of eastern New York State. The Capital District was first settled by the Dutch in the early 17th century and came under British control in 1664. Albany has been the permanent capital of the state of New York since 1797. The Capital District is notable for many historical events that predate the independence of the United States, including the Albany Plan of Union and The Battles of Saratoga.

Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region – this is an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. Explore the Lake George Region’s family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau’s one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.

Things to Know About Albany

Albany, the capital of New York state, is situated in eastern New York, approximately 3.5 hours from New York City, Boston and Montreal.  It’s a small city located along the Hudson River that offers a lot of activities including nearby hiking in the Adirondack mountains.  You can enjoy the feel of a city during the week and the tranquility of the lakes and mountains on the weekends.