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!

Comments

Peebles Island is right over the bridge from Troy.

http://alloveralbany.com/archive/2010/08/23/peebles-island

No swimming but Schodack Island State Park is nice.

http://www.nysparks.com/parks/146/fees-rates.aspx

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:
http://nysparks.com/parks/173/details.aspx


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:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/149864

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. http://www.colonie.org/parks/

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Where the wild things aren't... yet

The reported mountain lion sightings near Cambridge in Washington County recently is a familiar story. [Post-Star] Mountain lions? Here? In 2011 The US Fish and... (more)

Figuring Sh!t Out with Amy Biancolli

Amy Biancolli is a self-described mom, ink-stained wretch, and survivor of suicides. We would describe her as a gifted and thoughtful writer with an ability... (more)

In a brewery (not so) far, far away

Lucasfilm -- you know, the production company behind Star Wars -- is challenging a trademark application from Syracuse's Empire Brewing Co. over a beer called... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Ladder No. 1, a different ridge, Chatham, the Walkway over the... (more)

Talking about talking about movies

One of the events at the currently-in-progress Film Columbia that caught our eye is this panel on Saturday about film criticism -- and its lineup:... (more)

Recent Comments

... Let's also lower the city speed limit to 25 while we're at it. Maybe then these morons will not go 45 miles an hour down Washington Avenue. Why should cities surrender themselves to the automobile and automobile drivers? - the very forces that killed cities to begin with. ...

Albany Common Council passes red light camera ordinance: comments, votes, thoughts

...has 30 comments, most recently from Silvia Meder Lilly

Figuring Sh!t Out with Amy Biancolli

...has 1 comment, most recently from Sarah

Drawing: Postmodern Jukebox at Troy Music Hall

...has 58 comments, most recently from Ro

Where to sell old gold and silver?

...has 8 comments, most recently from SteveO

Help fixing wedding photos?

...has 11 comments, most recently from SB