Nestled a mere 2 hours from the sweeping hills of Brattleboro, Vermont is Schenectady; a traveler's retreat. For those seeking languid days and historic avenues, this charming town is certain to please. Allow BBonline to introduce attractions that are begging for your discovery and your attention.
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Developed in 1926 by Frederick Francis Proctor, this breathtaking theater is sure to satisfy. The dramatic architecture - a tangle of marble and gold, chandelier shimmers - creates an unrivaled image. Modern restorations have protected all details, allowing each visitor the chance to examine vaudeville's greatest offering. Public tours are available once a month. All other times, you will find an ever-evolving selection of films, plays and artistic events. Contact Proctor's Theatre for complete listings and ticket purchases.
Schenectady Museum and Planetarium
15 Nott Terrace Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308-3198
Seek the past (and the future) with the Schenectady Museum. This sprawling guide allows you to delve into electricity and its many effects. The thorough collection of archival information - ranked seventh in the country - and unique exhibits will amaze. Technology is explored and the world beyond is defined with the introduction of the GOTO Chronos Star Machine, 1 of only 12 in the United States. 8,500 stars and 24 constellations will be offered to you, making it an experience like no other. After leaving your Brattleboro Inn, BBonline recommends that you grant yourself the proper hours to wander here. Entrance times are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays. And 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
250 Rudy Chase Drive
Scotia, NY 12302-7104
Science is vital to Schenectady. It was here that Thomas Edison birthed what would become General Electric. And it was here that television and radio were first sampled, commercially. And it is also here that the Empire State Aerosciences Museum opened in 1984 to educate all on the complexities of flight. Cradled on the borders of town, this 27-acre lesson will not soon be forgotten. With interactive exhibits - such as vehicle simulations and an air-park flooded with actual planes - this is certain to become a favorite. Hours differ with the seasons, however, and reserving tickets is recommended to ensure admission.
Central Park Rose Garden
Schenectady, New York 12309
Not to be confused with its more famed sibling, this Central Park impresses on its own. Established in 1959, it now houses a collection of 4,000 individual rose bushes and hundreds of rare blooms. It is an annual delight, filled with stone paths and daring sculptures, but is best seen between the months of June and September. Admission is free. Park hours last from dawn until dusk.
Schenectady County Historical Society
32 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY 12305-1601
No trip to Schenectady would be complete without visiting the Historical Society. This gathering of local paintings, war documents and militia artifacts can be found within the famed Jackson Home. There are 3 floors to search, each with a variety of fascinating exhibits. One such treasure is the Liberty Flag, a pre-Revolutionary War piece that has only 1 other equal. Tours begin Monday through Friday (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) or Saturday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Reservations are recommended.
After leaving the comforts of your Brattleboro Bed and Breakfast, discover the many secrets of Schenectady. This small-town pleasure will intrigue and entice.