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"Waterskii down beautiful Mohawk River and Dine at an Authentic Mohawk Valley Lighthouse in Lovely Scotia NY!"

Scotia, a village in the town of Glenville of Schenectady County, NY, got its name from the word “Scotia” meaning “Scotland” in Latin, as the settler who purchased the land from the Mohawk Native Americans, Alexander Lindsay Glen, was originally from Scotland. Today there's many historic homes here, such as the Abraham Glen house, and the Glen Sanders Mansion (which goes back as far as 1713). It w as the site of battles during both the French and Indian War (1754) and the War of 1812, and in the 1800s was a manufacturer of brooms (the village produced more than 1 million a year!).

Today there's more than 7,957 residents in the village of Scotia alone, and more living in the parent town of Glenville (also, of course, named after Alexander Lindsay Glen). A predominantly white neighborhood, Scotia offers great schools (the wonderful Scotia-Glenville Central School District), as well as plenty of outdoor activities at Collins Park or Freedom Park that can be enjoyed any time of the year (you can even go waterskiing down the Mohawk River!) Glenville itself has lots to offer as well such as many parks such as the stunning Wolf Hollow George, a preserve that contains cliffs that are 100 feet high as well as endangered plants. There's a bike trail and many places to fish and swim. There's even an air show in Glenville that people come from all over to see, as well as the Aeroscience Museum on Saratoga Road. You'll be blown away by the beautiful views of the Mohawk River while dining at an actual Lighthouse (the Schenectady Restaurant at the Waters Edge Lighthouse). There's also Jumpin' Jacks Drive-In near Scotia's Collin's Park. This burger joint gets 5 Stars! A must if you're visiting Scotia and the Schenectady County area as well as Glensville.
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SaraKaplan Glenville, NY is perhaps most widely known in NY as home of one of NY's most entertaining air shows, performed each year at Schenectady County Airport of Schenectady County, NY. Either before or after the airshow, your whole family will be amazed by the exhibits at the Empire State Aeroscience Museum. This museum is an aviation buff's dream, is entirely non-profit and teaches about such air history as the life of Amelia Earhart or the model of a 32' aircraft carrier from Japan called “Akagi”, which was used during WWII. You can even take a ride into the world of virtual reality (for $5 per adult and $4 per person) that is a must for those who enjoy simulations! You can interact with some of the exhibits as well, and you can visit the Empire State Aviation Hall of Fame here as well. To visit costs $8 per adult and $5 per child; it's also $6 for each senior citizen, and children under six years of age can see the museum free of charge.

Glenville is also a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts, as there's so many parks to choose from, it's almost absurd! There's the Glenville Town Park, which has 250 acres of land, and you can enjoy different recreational activities throughout the year such as skiing, sports, tennis and others. There's also the 370-acre Sanders Preserve (where you can ride horses down trails as well as cross-country ski in the Winter and hike anytime of the year, and you'll be stunned by the beauty of the breathtaking views---especially the waterfalls! 56-acre Maalwyck Park near NYS Route 5 (also known as Amesterdam Road), offers a public entrance to the beautiful Mohawk River as well as soccer fields and fishing. There is Lock 9 State Canal Park near NYS Route 103 (also known as Bridge Street), which offers places to have a picnic BBQ if desired, and there's a dock for which to bring out your rowboat, kayak or canoe. There's also the stunningly beautiful ndian Kill Nature Preserve on Hetcheltown Road which contains 100 acres of hardwood forest, wetlands, conifer plantations and many different habitats---the perfect place for numerous outdoor activities, and a great place to hike or simply meditate in the wondrous joy of Nature. Collins Park of Mohawk Avenue and Schonowee Avenue, located in the village of Scotia within Glenville, is a multi-purpose park that includes swimming among other things, as well as a smaller park, Quinlan Park, which leads visitors to the gorgeous Collins Lake. There's also the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail, which is 1.1 miles an goes from Washington Avenu to Freemans Bridge in Scotia. Other great fishing sites include Lock 8 boat launch near Maalwayck Park. You can also take your boat out at Freemans Bridge Boat Launch, and enjoy the awesome views at Lock 8 State Canal Park near NYS Route 103; at Quinlan Park near Washington Avenue, you can fish at Collins Lake and find yourself catching such amazing specimens as northern pike, bass and tiger-muskie. Another beautiful site is Wolf Hollow George, which was made naturally by a geologically-created fault. Here you will find cliffs that are 100 feet tall and endangered plants that you won't find anywhere else.

Glenville's Scotia has great restaurants and there is always nearby Amsterdam where you can find unique family-friendly places such as the raindancer (an American restaurant) and more!

Just take a visit over here and I'm sure you'll find why Glenville, NY is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, visit or live comfortably for the rest of your lives!
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