Free & Cheap Things to Do in Schenectady, NY

  • The list below includes 89 free or cheap things to do in or near Schenectady, New York, including 78 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, History Museums, Hiking Trails and Bowling.
  • From Central Park Rose Garden to Plotter Kill Preserve, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Schenectady and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy and Clifton Park.
  • The list below includes 89 free or cheap things to do in or near Schenectady, New York, including 78 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, History Museums, Hiking Trails and Bowling.
  • From Central Park Rose Garden to Plotter Kill Preserve, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Schenectady and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy and Clifton Park.
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FDC Athletics 584 Saratoga Road, Schenectady, NY MoreLess Info
Under the guidance of experienced coaches, kids flip and cartwheel around a brightly colored gym filled with foam mats and training tools
1.9 Miles
94% 112 votes
Gardens 500 Irquois Way, Schenectady, NY 12309 MoreLess Info
To enjoy an afternoon, you will not soon forget, visit the Central Park Rose Garden in Schenectady. Featuring more than 4,000 rose bushes in beautifully maintained gardens, with fountains and walkways, plan your visit today.
4.5 Miles
100% 4 votes
Hiking Trails 620 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12306 MoreLess Info
Visitors can explore 632 acres of coniferous forest and rugged hardwood along the Plotter Kill at the Plotter Kill Preserve. The preserve features over 600 plant species including ferns, lilies, club mosses, and violets.
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100% 15 votes
History Museums 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305 MoreLess Info
The Schenectady History Museum features many events, programs, and activities throughout the year to teach guests about local history. Events include the Mabee Farm CanalFest, Festival of Trees, and Genealogy Day.
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100% 16 votes
History Museums 32 Washington Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12305 MoreLess Info
The Schenectady County Historical Society Museum is dedicated the acquisition, preservation, and exhibition of the area's historic artifacts, structures, and documents. The location also hosts lectures and family-oriented events throughout the year.
1.4 Miles
93% 14 votes
Movie Theaters 117 Mohawk Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12302 MoreLess Info
A small, discount theater that features balcony seating, the Scotia Cinema screens both first-run and classic movies. It offers bargains on tickets and concessions, and provides a quirky, vintage atmosphere for moviegoers.
0.3 Miles
76% 75 votes
Science Museums 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308 MoreLess Info
With an archive of over 1.5 million images, the Museum of Innovation and Science provides both historic and scientific educational exhibits. Exhibits and events inside the museum include a planetarium, science festivals, and holiday shows.
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92% 13 votes
Movie Theaters 400 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 MoreLess Info
A six-screen movie theater, Bow Tie Movieland 6 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and sound. The theater offers stadium seating, private party rooms and a cafe with food, drinks, adult beverages and table seating.
3.2 Miles
75% 4 votes
Aviation Museums 250 Rudy Chase Dr, Ste 2, Schenectady, NY 12302 MoreLess Info
Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a cultural resource located at the site of the former General Electric Flight Test Center. The Museum offers various educational experiences, including interpretive exhibits, a collection of restored aircraft and an aviation library.
2.4 Miles
50% 2 votes
Movie Theaters 93 W Campbell Road, Schenectady, NY 12306 MoreLess Info
A cinema multiplex with six theaters, the Rotterdam Square Cinema offers stadium seating and digital picture and sound. Independently owned, it serves a variety of refreshments, including popcorn with real butter.
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67% 3 votes
Music Venue 427 Franklin Street, Schenectady, NY 12307 MoreLess Info
A non-profit performing arts group with a community focus, the Schenectady Light Opera Co has been operating since 1926. The company presents a variety of programs, and does a great deal of community outreach.
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