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NorthShore

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What's there to do in Schenectady all day?

Trying to decide if an Ethan Allen with a several hour layover or the Adirondack with a three hour wait is the better option.
 
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the_traveler

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The SDY station is 1 block from the main street and downtown. Directly across the street from the station is/was (a few years ago) a Burger King. Just for comparison, ALB is not in Albany but actually across the Hudson River in Rensselaer. There is nothing nearby.
 

Bob Dylan

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Take the Adirondack, there's no reason to hang out in Schenectady and the Adirondack is a nice ride Northbound, especially in the leaf peeper season when Ocean View is in the consist!
 
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VTTrain

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Schenectady has a new casino along the riverfront.  I'm not a gambler, but I have stayed in the hotel that is attached to the casino.  The biggest disappointment with the casino was the food.  It left a lot to be desired.
 

velotrain

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Although I do like Albany, at this point I prefer Schenectady for my Amtrak overnights if I have a choice, largely because the station is in the center of the urban area and everything I could need is nearby. The downtown area seems rather healthy with very few vacant storefronts, while downtown Albany lacks much life after all the workers go home to the burbs.

A note on the Ethan Allen - on Saturdays it leaves Rutland late, at about 11 AM, so if transferring to the LSL eastbound your wait is less than half an hour.
 

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If you like historic districts and walking tours, the Stockade District in Schenectady is walking distance from the station. It has a terrific collection of old homes from colonial to Victorian times, well-preserved, colorful and worth a visit. There is a guided walking map available online and a cell-phone tour.

For food, oddly enough there is a terrific Moroccan restaurant called Tara Kitchen. Also a favorite for lite fare and coffee is the Moon and River Cafe. It's a very eccentric place with music at night and friendly locals. Finally, next door to the station is a very decent Irish pub, Katie O'Byrnes.

Everything is accessible on foot. All of my visits were pre-Covid, so what's open now is anyone's guess. For a stay-over, I used the Stockade Inn in the Stockade district. There's also Proctor's Hotel downtown, about 5 mins. from the station on foot. It's next door to the historic Proctor Theater.
 

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there is a free trolley that they run to some interesting places, but I don't know of its current status, or of any of the places it went. I was supposed to have a meeting at the Rivers Casino last month, obviously that didn't happen. there is a visitors website, it may have some up to date info...
 
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