Walking Tours

13754154_10100972390024670_2813756231710471732_nExplore the Stockade Historic District with guided and self-guided walking tours!

Schenectady’s Stockade is a national jewel, boasting the highest concentration of historic period homes in the nation. For over 300 years Schenectadians have called the Stockade home, and the streets are alive today with the stories and legends of Schenectady’s past. Join us on a walking tour and discover the beauty and history of America’s oldest residential neighborhood!

Please visit the Stockade Association’s Audiotour Brochure for information and details on self-guided walking tour of the Stockade.

Private Guided Walking Tours
Join one of our friendly guides for a private one-hour walking tour of the Stockade! Our private tours are great for groups and families, and offer an intimate look at the Stockade’s fascinating history, culture, and architecture. Minimum of six people required for private tours; advance registration required. $8.00 (includes visit to Museum). Please contact Mary Zawacki at curator@schenectadyhistorical.org to arrange yours!

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Mangia! Tour & Tastings of Italian Schenectady!
Date: Wednesday, October 19th
Time: 11 AM
Cost: $12 for tastings and tour
Pizza and pasta. Sausage, spumoni, and Schenectady history.
We’re exploring all things Italian on our new heritage tour and tasting! Join us for a guided walk through Schenectady’s Little Italy as we discover how Italian immigrants have left cultural and culinary marks on our community. Included in the tour are tastings at Garofalo’s & Co., Civitello’s Italian Pastry Shoppe, and Cornells in Little Italy
The tour will meet on the corner of N. Jay Street and Warren St in Schenectady’s Little Italy. Street parking is available in the neighborhood.  Pre-registration is required, please purchase tickets below, or contact Mary Zawacki at curator@schenectadyhistorical.org.

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Candlelight Tours compressedCandlelight Walking Tours

Candlelight Walking Tours are back for 2016! Join us as we explore the historic Stockade after dark and discover the neighborhood’s haunting past!

Tours will be held on October 14, 21, and 28 at 7:00 PM and 7:30 PM. Choose the Colonial or the Victorian Tour, or come two nights and try them both! The museum will be open after each tour to see the exhibits, enjoy some refreshments, and hear live old-time music from local musicians. Please remember to bring a flashlight with you! For more information contact office@schenectadyhistorical.org.

Candlelight Walking Tours are co-sponsored by the Schenectady Heritage Foundation


Colonial Tour

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Victorian Tour

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SECRET STOCKADE: A Historic Tour and Lunch
Discover the Stockade and its secrets  with a walking tour, lunch at historic Arthur’s Market, a peek inside a private 1820s Stockade home, and a visit to the Schenectady History Museum. SECRET STOCKADE is about three hours long, including a lunch stop. SECRET STOCKADE has sold out for 2016. Please check back for 2017 dates.


Inside Schenectady’s Armory: Behind-the-scenes tour & coffee
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Join us this fall for a special, behind-the-scenes tour of Schenectady’s Armory! Explore the rich history of armories in Schenectady, and discover the secrets and stories held in the Armory today! Afterwards, join us for coffee and donuts. Tickets are $12.00, and can be purchased below. Please note that the Schenectady Armory is not handicapped-accessible.

For more info, please contact 518-374-0263 x4 or

This program is presented in partnership with Legere Restorations

Schenectady Suds: A Historic Beer Tour through the Stockade District

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Take a walk along what was once known as “Brewer’s Street,” looking at local history through the lens of a beer glass. This walking tour of the Historic Stockade District will examine the history of brewing and its impact on our culture, from the Colonial era to today’s craft brew revival. The tour concludes with a tasting and tour at Mad Jack Brewery!