10 Things to Do in Altamont That You Shouldn't Miss

December 18, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Altamont is a village located in the town of Guilderland in Albany County, New York. The village is in the western part of the town. The population was 1,720 at the 2010 census. The name means "high mountain."
Restaurants in Altamont

1. Proctor's Theater

432 State St, Schenectady, NY 12305-2393 +1 518-346-6204
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 505 reviews

Proctor's Theater

Reviewed By richlederer

Saw Body Guard. Excellent fantastic musical. Would go back and see it again. Proctors is a great venue. Great service, sound and lighting system. Excellent and helpful staff. highly recommend Proctors

2. Thacher State Park

1 Hales Cave Rd, Voorheesville, NY 12186-5110 +1 518-872-1237
Excellent
90%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 101 reviews

Thacher State Park

Reviewed By BFAW2 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

My daughter was getting married in upstate New York and decided to rent the Thatcher State Park Visitors Center for the reception. It was a great choice. The area was set aside from the visitors center and was surrounded by doors. Once the doors were opened the tables of guests filling the floor were sitting in an indoor/outdoor area in a beautiful park with magnificent views. At the rear of the dining area was a covered outdoor area used for drinks and the like. Did I mention it was a self catered affair. There was a small kitchen area they used for preparation and then brought the food out to a buffet table area. The other open area was a good sized slate patio with some chairs and other seats. It was used for dancing and milling. View was beautiful. More than one guest said they would return to walk the many trails.

3. Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

56 Game Farm Rd, Delmar, NY 12054-5503 +1 518-475-0291
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Reviewed By Jim S - New York City, New York

This environmental center is close to Albany and sounded interesting-miles of trails, ponds and a creek.
Don't bother. The trails are poorly laid out, poorly maintained, and poorly drained. The trail map is the worst I have ever seen-incomprehensible. Because the trails (especially North Loop and Wild Turkey) are so soggy, walkers have walked to the sides, expanding trail (and the soggy, muddy area) to six feet in places. There are random bits of wood chips and gravel in some places with no particular logic or purpose.
There is a large and ugly State construction site at the beginning of North Loop/Wild Turkey-bulldozed and muddy.
The scenery is no great shakes either-third growth forest, open fields with distant views of McMansions. The only wildlife we observed were squirrels.
We left after a hour, our shoes caked with several pounds of clay, and our socks soaked.

4. Scotia Cinema

117 Mohawk Ave, Scotia, NY 12302-2247 +1 518-346-5055
Excellent
89%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 76 reviews

Scotia Cinema

Reviewed By disneyguy333 - Clifton Park, New York

As a first time visitor, I was blown away by both the low ticket prices and the amazing way this family run theater looks. Everything is neat, modern and nicely decorated. The lobby isn't huge, but it definitely is well organized with the box office located immediately as you walk in the main doors. They still give the now old fashioned ticket stubs, which is really cool also. They don't accept credit cards, but the prices are so low a small amount of cash suffices (and there is also an ATM in the lobby). The concession stand is small but has all the basics such as fresh popcorn, candy, nachos and bottled or fountain soda. Again, the prices were very, very reasonable compared to other local movie chains.
The theater itself is reminiscent of the UA and Hellman theaters of the 70's and 80's which i personally miss. There are dual staircases going up to the balcony, which is pretty large and offers more modern seats than below. The main theater has a main row of several seats with a row of 2 seats on each side. There is alot of leg room and the seats are comfortable too. If attending with a child, they have booster seats in the lobby which proved very useful .
The pre-show starts about 20 minutes or so before the main feature and is a locally produced introduction to the Scotia area. It is probably the most informative pre show i've encountered at a movie theater. It highlights the history of the theater and the village of Scotia and pretty much the entire Schenectady County area.
As an added surprise, when my daughter had eaten all of her popcorn and asked for more, I got up and figured for $2.00 i'd be more than happy to get her more. As i made my way to the concession stand I noticed other parents bringing their empty popcorn buckets and wondered why? Turns out that refills for ANY size popcorn or soda is only $1.00!! I went back and grabbed both the large and small containers and got refills for both.
I honestly, do not have 1 single negative comment about this theater. The owners are there working hard everyday to keep up the immaculate lobby and theater. As soon as the movie ended and people had begun to leave, the owner himself was out there picking up trash and spilled popcorn while other family members were busy with vacuums and trash bags. The dedication of this family is what will guarantee that the theater will be operational for many more years to come. If you haven't been here, do come and enjoy a magnificent locally owned theater unlike any other in the Capital District.

5. Indian ladder farm

342 Altamont Rd, Route 156, Altamont, NY 12009-3500 +1 518-765-2956
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Indian ladder farm

Reviewed By Mseinber - Altamont, New York

Indian Ladder has been around for decades and we've been bringing our kids and now grandkid here for most of the last almost 30 years. They have everything from fresh cider and doughnuts to a great petting zoo, farm animals, pick your own apples of many varieties and a great lunch counter/shop. During the non-apple season they grow many fruits that are also pick yourself like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and in the fall pumpkins. If you don't want to pick, you can always buy your fruit too. There are hay rides, tours and great scenery to just look at as the farm sits at the base of the Helderbergs. Definitely one of those don't miss stops in the region.

6. Rollarama Skating Center

2710 Hamburg St, Rotterdam, NY 12303-3703 +1 518-355-2140
Excellent
45%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Rollarama Skating Center

Beautifully updated Rollerskating rink located in the heart of the Town of Rotterdam, NY. Featuring hardwood skating surface, full concession area, free wifi throughout the building, game room, Stuff Shop, we sell skates and equipment. We do the BEST Birthday parties around! We also do private skating or non skating parties and corporate events, we offer classes for children and adults, private lessons, adult skating sessions. Rollarama is home rink for the Hellions of Troy all women Roller Derby League. The Hellions hold bouts at the rink several times per year. We have plenty of free parking.

Reviewed By Linda P - Schenectady, New York, United States

The rollarama was updated not too long ago - vibrant colors greet you as you approach. My nephew visits there frequently, meeting up with his friends and enjoying some good ole' fashion clean fun. Prepare to be mesmerized by the crowd!

7. Central Park Rose Garden

500 Iroquois Ln, Schenectady, NY 12309-6144 +1 518-382-5151
Excellent
79%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Central Park Rose Garden

Reviewed By IBJosey - Niskayuna, New York

This is a hidden gem ! They keep this beautiful garden immaculate! The smells alone will keep you on a bench for the afternoon. People watching is great since many weddings stop for pictures. They keep improving this peaceful little spot every year something new seems added. Such great memories, since my husband purposed under the arch.

8. Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery

342 Altamont Rd, Altamont, NY 12009-3500 +1 518-595-9331
Excellent
92%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery and Brewery

Reviewed By Kevin B - Mount Juliet, Tennessee

This place is really nice! We came here with some family back in July to try the tasting room and it was really good, especially for such a new place. The beer and cider were quite tasty and the staff were very, very kind. They also opened up the snack shop after it closed to sell us a few apple cider donuts (and they gave us one extra), which was unexpected and showed how much they care about their customers. I highly recommend this place and it's a shame we moved out of the area before we could enjoy this place in Autumn!

9. Altamont Vineyard & Winery

3001 Furbeck Rd, Altamont, NY 12009-5811 +1 518-355-8100
Excellent
62%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Altamont Vineyard & Winery

Reviewed By jays165 - Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Glad to have found this place. Beautiful natural surroundings including pond & great view of vineyard. Tasting room is nicely decorated. Tasting is a great deal at $5, including rosemary infused oil and local cheddar, as well as 6 wines each with a generous pour! Staff friendly, including the resident pooch. Picnic area seemed very nice, although we hadn't brought a picnic. Highly recommend.

10. Plotter Kill Nature Preserve

Mariaville Rd, Rotterdam, NY
Excellent
30%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
14%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 7 reviews

Plotter Kill Nature Preserve

Reviewed By EtLiao - United States

I was really excited about this hike after reading reviews and tags on hiking focused sites, but this is really not a great location. Trail maintenance ranges wildly between "very well marked for this small stretch" to "completely unnavigable." I got lost at least 4 separate times and met several other hikers who were lost as well. The trails are not at all wheelchair-accessible--there are plenty of steep spots, overgrown tree roots, and haphazard "I guess crossing this riverbed of rocks is the right way" trails.

The view of the electric wires has plenty of mushrooms and wildflowers along the way--it's actually very pretty, would recommend going to the east side. I went to the west side as well in search of the supposed waterfalls, hiked around for at least 2 hours, and only saw a sad tiny trickle. Would not recommend the Mariaville entrance even though it's the "main" one.

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