Spots for an outdoor party?

aoa cookout wideWendy emails:

A question for the AOA crowd: My husband and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary this summer, and are planning an outdoor party/picnic for early August. Saratoga State Park was our first choice location, but nothing suitable is available (our bad for waiting.) We are going to check out Grafton Lakes and Thatcher -- but what are some other options? It doesn't have to be a state park. We'd prefer within 30-45 minutes of Troy, with a pool (or swimming) and a field for other outdoor activities.

It sounds like Wendy is already focused on state parks or similar places -- and if you have a suggestion for one, great. But, as she said, it doesn't have to be one -- and we're also curious if there are maybe some alternatives. The pool might be a complicating factor.

Got a suggestion? Please share!


Peebles Island is right over the bridge from Troy.

No swimming but Schodack Island State Park is nice.

Brunswick's town park has fields, shelter and swimming -- don't know if you have to be a resident to reserve it. Ditto Schenectady's Central Park, and Scotia's Collins Park.

Cherry Plain State Park, with the bonus that guests can camp.

Since you mentioned Troy specifically, Prospect Park has a shelter to the right when you enter. I think it's $150 to rent from the city. The field next to it is plenty big for any sports activities.

Cherry Plain State Park is a hidden gem:

All of the amenities of Grafton Lakes, without the crowds...

VRBO and AIRBnB offer some nice options. Rent a house with a pool or on a lake. Cool and private. Here's one I found in 2 minutes near in Hillsdale:

Peerless Pool - Saratoga

The Colonie Mohawk River park is nice and has a pool, grill areas, and covered picnic areas. It looks like you have to be a resident of Colonie but maybe you have a friend or family member that can help you out.

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