Summer is THE season for families in the Capital-Saratoga Region. Yearly events, special activities and key attractions make any family getaway unforgettable.


Crystal Grove Diamond Mine & Campground161 County Highway 114, St. Johnsville, NY 13452 
The kids will love mining for their own “diamonds”! Spend the day in the “Herkimer Diamond” mines, then enjoy dinner at the campsite. Whether your family is more tent, RV or cabin, there’s space for everyone.

Adirondack Animal Land – 3554 State Highway 30, Gloversville, NY 12078
The family will be amazed at all of the animals. Visit with emu, fennec fox, spider monkeys, giraffe, kangaroo and more. Hand feed baby animals and drive through a safari.



Congress Park – 315 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Ride the antique carousel, sample some of the famous natural mineral springs, visit with the ducks, grab a picnic lunch and eat it at the park.Then, walk up Caroline Street and visit the Children’s Museum of Saratoga.

Spa State Park – Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Enjoy the trail along the scenic Avenue of Pines, go for a swim, visit the Outdoor Classroom and playground near the spouting geyser, sample the mineral springs, or check out a museum. The Saratoga Automobile Museum or the National Museum of Dance both have children’s areas.



Barker Park Kids Summer Series | Every Thursday 7/6 – 8/24 at 11AM – 30 Second Street, Troy, NY 12180
Every week there is a new kid-friendly performance happening in downtown Troy. From special story hours to dance alongs, singalongs, and even art sessions, there is a little something for everyone.

Summer Sampler Series – 9 1/2 Riverside Ave, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Summer Sampler is a week long morning program for 6-12 year olds.  Each day focuses on a different theme:  17th Century Painting, Colonial Trade, Everyday Life, Textiles & Clothing and 18th century Military. Reservations – 518-463-8738.



The Covered Bridges of Washington County – 383 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828
Drive, cycle or walk all 5 Covered Bridges of Washington County. Three wooden covered bridges cross the famous Battenkill in southern Washington County, one crosses the Hoosic River, and one foot bridge spanning the Owl Kill in downtown Cambridge.

Washington County Fair – August 21-27, 2017 – 392 Old Schuylerville Rd, Greenwich, NY 12834
Come and enjoy the experience of Washington County, its people, its rural character and its great agricultural traditions.



Park Playhouse
Get ready for a toe tapping good time with summer musicals like Ragtime, The Music Man and The Lion King. Enjoy lawn seating for FREE! Bring a blanket and some snacks and settle in for a great show.

USS Slater – DE766 – Broadway and Quay, Albany, NY 12202
Step aboard a Destroyer Escort and step back in time. During WWII these ships battled Nazi U-boats and stood in line to defend in the Pacific. The USS Slater has undergone intense restoration and is open for tours and more.



Mountain Ridge Adventure Course – 300 Weatherwax Road, Schenectady, NY 12302
Featuring 6 treetop adventure courses and 9 zip lines crisscrossing a 500’ long gorge, Mountain Ridge has something for every level of adventurer. Fun is the objective, so their state-of-the-art safety technology ensures every participant is locked onto a safety cable 100% of the time.

Via Aquarium, Rotterdam – 93 W. Campbell Road, Schenectady, NY 12306
Embark on an exciting self-guided tour, visiting over 2,000 creatures of the sea. The aquarium provides an immersive experience for people of all ages, bringing you up-close with ecosystems like lakes, rivers, streams, kelp forests and coral reefs.