Exploring your surroundings

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By Martina Glab

Homecoming Weekend is one of the most exciting weekends, where students and their families come together.

With the crisp, fresh autumn weather and the gorgeous reds, yellows and greens circling the campus, Union could not look any better.

Among the many fun activities taking place on campus at this time, students and their parents may be interested to know what’s in store in the surrounding city of Schenectady and the Capital Region.

There are many unique and historic nooks to probe around the city, as well as some natural landscapes worth checking out.

One of the most interesting places worth exploring with your family is downtown Schenectady.

­Enriched in culture and lively music, Jay Street is a wonderful niche to scout through with family members.

From popular eateries like Perecca’s Bakery to the Italian-based cuisine at Cornell’s Restaurant, there are plenty of affordable, good eats that can be found downtown.

Jay Street’s popular Green Market, open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., also makes for a fabulous, fresh treat that all family and friends would appreciate.

Another unique part of Schenectady is its historic Stockade District, the oldest neighborhood in the city that has been inhabited for over three hundred years.

Besides its fascinating history, it includes dozens of charming antique shops for you and your family to enjoy as well as a line-up of great restaurants, including the eclectic, but delectable, Moon & River Café.

Take a few hours to explore the town while you savor in its architecture and some of its oldest and most valued treasures.

If you want to travel away from Schenectady for a bit, go to Saratoga Springs.

Embraced by its history of the Saratoga Race Track, simply walking around Broadway Street and admiring the neat little stores and shops is a wonderful experience for you and your family.

­Whether you are looking for an art gallery (like the Beresford Art Gallery), a fancy meal or something more modest, or even a bit of flavorful gelato, downtown Saratoga is the place to be.

If you or your family are in the mood for an escape to nature, try visiting Thatcher Park located in Voorheesville, NY. Paved with numerous trails and full of possible excursion opportunities, the park covers over 25 miles of gorgeous landscaping to explore.

With eye-catching cliffs and waterfalls as well as high cliffs, you can observe the entirety of the capital region through coin-operated binoculars.

No matter what you do during Homecoming Weekend, take the time to explore around and have fun with your family.

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