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GREAT HUDSON RIVER PADDLE

Albany Festival


When: July 2007

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Where: Albany's Riverfront Corning Preserve

Admission: Free

GHRP Festival Activity Summary
  1. Waterfront Trivia Challenge
  2. Environmental Education
  3. Learn to Kayak

Other activities happening this day.

  1. USS Slater
  2. Buildings on Broadway
  3. Albany Aquaducks
  4. Alive at Five
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Join us for some kayaking!

Waterfront Trivia Challenge

How to play the game. Pick up an event program on the day of the festival at the below locations. Use the festival map to navigate to each of the designated festival locations.  Each location will have the answer to one or more of the trivia questions listed on the sheet. Once you have visited each location and answered all the trivia questions, return your entry form and be eligible to win a kayak from Liquid Logic Kayaks.

Where to start the game.

  • Albany Corning Preserve

Enter to win a kayak at the festival between 10:00am - 2:00pm.

Festival Area Map

Environmental Education

Location: Corning Preserve

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Fee: Free

Scenic Hudson's environmental education program offers hands-on learning opportunities, presentations, and resources to students, teachers and community groups. Their mission is to increase appreciation of critical natural resources and convey the importance of living by an environmental ethic.   Preserving and protecting the scenic assets of countryside and communities is important for both a healthy environment and vibrant economy, and requires awareness and action on the part of citizens and municipal decision makers. Aesthetic issues are real and evoke strong reactions from people - whether it's a proposed high rise that will block river views, a 150-foot cell tower along a ridgeline or near an historic site or park, billboard blight, or a major industrial development proposed in a rural landscape treasured for its scenic beauty. 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program leads a regional partnership to restore the tidal waters of the Hudson and the surrounding valley that forms the estuary watershed.  Our mission is to conserve the region’s world-renowned heritage of fish, wildlife, streams and scenery and to provide places for people to use and enjoy them.  The program is guided by the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda, a blueprint founded in science and carried out to support the quality of life of the valley’s residents.

Learn how to protect the environment.

Kayaking

Location: Corning Preserve Boat Launch

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Fee: Free

Get on the water under the supervision of experienced kayak instructors from Mountain Buddies, Northeast Adventure Company and Liquid Logic Kayaks. Discover the Hudson River from the seat of a kayak.

Get on the water.
Other activities happening in Albany, NY on Thursday, July 13 2006

USS Slater

Location: Albany's Riverfront - southend                              

Open: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $6 Adults (Over 14), $5 Senior Citizens (Over 65), $4 Children 6-14, free Children < 5

Of the 563 destroyer escorts produced in World War II, USS SLATER (DE-766) is the only one remaining afloat in the United States, and the only one restored to World War II configuration. These "Trim but Deadly" warships battled Nazi U-boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and material. In the Pacific, they stood first in line to defend naval task forces from Kamikaze attacks. See how sailors worked, hear the sounds of a living ship, touch an actual piece of American history aboard this Cannon Class destroyer escort in Albany, N.Y.

Click here for more information.

Tour an original WW II Ship.

Buildings on Broadway

Location: SUNY Plaza (D&H Building) intersection of Broadway & State

Time: 12 noon

Fee: $2.00

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at 25 Quackenbush Sq, (corner of Broadway & Clinton Ave)

(518) 434-0405, [email protected]

Guided walking tour focusing on the history and architecture of Broadway.

Click here for more information

Albany's Visitor Center

Albany Aquaducks

Location: Albany Visitors Center

Times: 12 noon, 2:00, 4:00, 6:00

Fee: Click here for more information.

Albany Aqua Ducks is an amphibious tour company operating in and around Albany, New York. They offer unique, educational and fun filled tours of Albany's historic area while on land and a mariner's view of the City's skyline, The USS Slater, The Dutch Apple Cruise Ship and other sites that are visible from the water on the Hudson River.

Click here for more information.

Splashdown
Photo by: Michael Farrell

"Alive at Five" Music Concert Series

Location: Corning Preserve

Time:

  • 5:00pm - Opening Band: The Buckinghams
  • 6:30 pm - Headliner: The Turtles, featuring Flo and Eddie

Fee: Free

Oldies Night Musical Concert on the waterfront.

Click here for more information.

Waterfront Concert.

Albany's Riverfront Corning Preserve

This linear park is located along the Hudson River in downtown Albany.  The newly constructed Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge provides access to the park and waterfront from downtown Albany.  Strolling through the park provides unobstructed views of the Hudson River.  There is a playground, picnic tables and sculptures along the multi-use path.  A public boat launch is located one mile north of the pedestrian bridge that is used by the local rowing community.  The Mohawk-Hudson bikeway continues north along I-787 for 8 miles to Cohoes before it winds along the Mohawk River for 50 miles to Rotterdam Junction.  Although this park is located in the middle of several major highways, a sense of nature is still present with several trees, a duck pond and the Hudson River to the east.  The City of Albany sponsors rock concerts and other community events through out the spring and summer at this location.

Directions: Albany Festival, Corning Preserve

From I-787 and points north: Take Exit 4A (Colonie St/Columbia St) bear right.  Take a left at the second traffic light.  Continue under I-787 and make a left at the next traffic light onto Quay St. Continue on Quay St. and make a right at the Corning Preserve parking lot.  Continue straight for additional parking at the boat launch.

From I-787 and points south (off Thruway Exit 23): Take Exit 4 (Madison St) to Quay St.  Continue on Quay St. and make a right at the Corning Preserve parking lot.  Continue straight for additional parking at the boat launch.


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