If you haven't been able to #DiscoverSchenectady's downtown in recent memory, it's time to come to check us out! From our delicious dining to our nonstop arts, music and cultural offerings, there is something for everyone in Downtown Schenectady.

Top 10 Things to Do in Downtown Schenectady

10. Catch a Movie

Bowtie Cinemas is the perfect spot to catch a flick! With the latest and greatest Hollywood releases, comfy stadium seating and yummy treats to watch with, we love Bowtie for a date night, family outing, or even a solo trip to the movies!

Catch a Flick

9. Trivia Night!

Many of our favorite downtown hotspots host some great and challenging trivia nights! Wolff's Biergarten, Katie O'Byrne's, Centre Street Pub, Slidin' Dirty, Bomber's Burrito Bar, Pinhead Susan's and Great Flats all host weekly nights full of friendly competition!

Slidin' Dirty

8. Find Your Zen

Downtown Schenectady is home to two beautiful yoga studios – Studio 4 Hot Yoga & Pilates and Yoga Bliss on the Boulevard. Check them out to expand your mind and work your body!

Studio 4 Hot Yoga

7. Get Your Juices Flowing

Stop by RAW, a yummy, fresh and cozy juice and smoothie spot. Their fresh smoothies, juices and acai bowls are complemented with a rotating selection of salads, fresh fruit, oatmeal and avocado toast! Pair with a hot cup of pour over coffee and your tastebuds will thank you!

6. Take a Step Back in Time

The Schenectady County Historical Society, located in the Stockade Historic District, is home to some amazing archives and interesting exhibits! Be sure to check out our events calendar to stay update on their amazing walking tours!

5. Savor Something Sweet

Take a sweet-tooth tour of downtown! Some of our favorites include: cannolis at Villa Italia, cupcakes at Sprinkleista, chocolate-covered pretzels at the Cocobar, and cookies from Puzzles Bakery.

Puzzles Bakery

4. Shop Til You Drop

The shops on Jay Street offer a diverse array of gifts for any person and any occasion. The Open Door Bookstore, Crossroads Gifts and Wellness, Lennon Irish Shop all offer personalized service and a unique selection that will sure to be a hit with your loved ones! Every Sunday, the Schenectady Greenmarket brings you the best in locally grown produce and homemade goods!

3. Break Your Fast 

From Sunday Brunch at MORE Perrecca's to grabbing a bite before work at Ambition or Katz Kaffe, or caffeinating up at Happy Cappuccino there are so many delightful ways to start your day in Schenectady.


2. Take in a Show

The fanfare of the mainstage at Proctors Theatre is the beating heart of our vibrant downtown! One of our favorite ways to cap off a great day in Schenectady is to take in a show at Proctors. Are you into a more intimate theatre experience? Schenectady Light Opera Company and Schenectady Civic Players are the perfect spot to see a show!

1. EAT!

Foodies rejoice! Schenectady is home to some of the most delicious spots in the Capital Region, many of them located right in the center of downtown! We suggest some homemade pasta at Johnny's, mix and match sliders or tacos at Slidin' Dirty, spicing things up at Tara Kitchen, or some classic pub fare at Katie O'Byrne's or Pinhead Susan's. Bon apetite!

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