It's one of the best times of the year in the Capital Region!
As a native of the area, I can tell you there is plenty to do on a summer day in Upstate New York. Whether you are looking for a fun-filled family day such as one of the county fairs (http://www.albany.com/aboutalbany/fairs.cfm) or something a bit more historical such as the Saratoga Race Course, (http://www.nyra.com/index_saratoga.html), there's something for everyone in Upstate New York.
A "must" on your summer "to do" list is the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), http://www.spac.org/. Hosting artists ranging from Santana, Nickelback, Chicago and Phish, SPAC is also host to the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York City Ballet and various festivals throughout the summer. While in Saratoga be certain to visit the many museums, http://www.museumsofsaratoga.com/, (dance, automobiles and racing, just to name a few!)
Looking for a bit more adventure? White water rafting is an area favorite, http://rafting.allaboutrivers.com/New_York_river_rafting/New_York_white_water-stNY.html. Want to kick back and enjoy a lazy day? Walk the quaint village of Lake George or kick it up a notch and head over to the Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom for a day of thrill rides.
If you're more south, Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar has trails to explore and is a terrific opportunity to observe nature.
Thinking about kayaking but are nervous to take the plunge? Six Mile Waterworks in Colonie (off Fuller Road) is a relaxed location for a beginner to get their feet wet (no pun intended....) Touted on its' website as a "a recreational oasis" the park offers fishing, boating and hiking on 57-acres, in addition to picnic tables, grills, and a sparkling new state-of-the-art playground facility.
While I'm not very coordinated (and athletic is not one of the first 100 words a person would use to describe me), I have enjoyed many hours of fun on the bike paths peppered throughout our area. There is a challenging bike path from Lake George to Queensbury, in addition to the bike path which was formerly the Troy and Schenectady railroad, http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/Riverview-Rd-Lock-7-Bike-Path. After a bike ride (travel east from Lock 7 off of Riverview Road. It's flat and easier on little ones), head on over to Jumpin' Jacks in Scotia. The kids will love it!
These are just a few of the adventures waiting to be discovered in the Capital Region. The opportunities are endless. Hope to see you out and about!