There are lots of great day trips from the Capital Region.  These are some of the places we have visited over the years.  It is fun to explore different parts of New York and experience different cities and places.  A lot of the places we have checked out are fun to revisit during different seasons as well.

Opus 40 Saugerties NY

Opus 40, Saugerties, NY

21 Below Thai Rolled Ice Cream, Latham, NY
5-Wits, Albany, NY
Adirondack Animal Land, Gloversville, NY (Albany area)
Adirondack Tubing Adventures, Lake Luzerne, NY 
Ace of Diamonds Campground & Mine, Middleville, NY (Albany area)
Albany County Ice Skating Facility
Albany Indoor Rock Gym
Art Omi, Ghent, NY
Big Deep & Little Deep Swimming Holes, Woodstock, NY
Billy Beez Indoor Play, Albany, NY
Bowman Orchards, Rexford, NY
Bronx Zoo, NY and Tips for Visiting the Bronx Zoo (Bronx, NY)
Catskill Animal Sanctuary, Saugerties, NY
Darien Lake Amusement Park, NY
Diamond Island, Lake George, NY
Farm Sanctuary, Watkins Glen, NY (3.5 hrs)
Garnet Mine Tours, North River, NY (Albany area)
The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom, Lake George, NY
and Tips for Visiting The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom, Lake George, NY
The Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park, Lake George, NY
High Falls Conservation Area, Ghent, NY
Hyuck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY
Ilion Gorge, NY (looking for travertine)
Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont, NY (Albany area)
The Kartrite Resort, Monticello, NY (Catskills)
Niagara Falls Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls Fireworks
Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist
Opus 40 Sculpture Park, Saugerties, NY
Riverside Maple Farms, Glenville, NY
Roseland Wake Park, Canandaigua, NY
Saratoga Spa State Park
Saratoga Spa State Park Victoria Pool
Secret Caverns, Howes Cave, NY (Albany area)
Speaker Heck Island, Lake George, NY
Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, NY (Ithaca area)
Tubby Tubes River Tubing, Lake Luzerne, NY
Via Aquarium, Rotterdam, NY
WildPlay Thacher Adventure Park, Voorheesville, NY
Zoom Flume Water Park, East Durham, NY

Saratoga Spa State Park

Saratoga Spa State Park

~ New York Hikes ~

Art Omi, Ghent, NY (not hiking trails, but many acres to walk)
Christman Sanctuary, Duanesburg, NY (Capital Region)
Dwaas Kill Nature Preserve, Clifton Park, NY (Capital Region)
Falling Waters Preserve, Saugerties, NY
Hannacroix Ravine Preserve, Voorheesville, NY (Capital Region)
High Falls Conservation Area, Hudson, NY
Hyuck Preserve, Rensselaerville, NY  (Capital Region)
Ilion Gorge, NY
Indian Kill Preserve, Schenectady, NY (Capital Region)
Landis Arboretum, Esperance, NY (Capital Region)
Moccasin Kill Sanctuary, Schenectady, NY (Albany area)
Overlook Mountain, Catskills, NY
Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, NY
Sanders Preserve, Town of Glenville, NY (Capital Region)
Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga, NY (Capital Region)
Saugerties Lighthouse, NY
Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg, NY (Ithaca area)
Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail, Voorheesville, NY (Capital Region)
Watkins Glen State Park (Watkins Glen)
Wolf Creek Falls Preserve, Altamont/Knox, NY (Capital Region)
Woodlawn Nature Preserve, Schenectady, NY (Capital Region)

Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail

Thacher Park Indian Ladder Trail