Albany has long been a business and transportation center, acting as a hub for goods and people moving in and out of the original Dutch settlement, Fort Orange, and the bustling state capital it later became. Albany boasts a number of sites on the National Register of Historic Places and six properties listed as National Historic Landmarks. During your visit, you may want to learn about Albany’s history. The city is home to some of the oldest colleges and universities in the country, which enjoy a reputation for educational excellence.
Chances are, though, you’re not looking to further your formal education while you’re on vacation. Luckily, there’s plenty else to do in Albany. With vibrant entertainment districts like Madison Avenue, Pearl Street, and Lark Street, you won't find yourself short of a place to grab a meal or drinks, or catch a show. Your options include larger clubs and eateries as well as cozier bars and restaurants tucked into eclectic artistic neighborhoods. Albany hosts a wide range of festivals every year, including flower shows, food and wine fests, cultural celebrations, and art and music festivals. See what’s happening while you’re in town and take full advantage.
There's no shortage of museums to explore in Albany, either. From the New York State Museum to the Albany Institute of History and Art, you can discover artifacts and stories from the state's (and the country's) earliest days. Round out your visit with a trip to the Irish American Heritage Museum or the USS Slater, a restored Cannon-class destroyer escort that’s now a museum ship on the Hudson River. If you happen to have any pet research projects, the New York State Library in Albany is one of the largest in the world by items held and might be the perfect spot to do some metaphorical digging. If you need some fresh air, consider an architectural tour. Albany is known for its substantial collection of examples from different architectural eras and styles, from Beaux-Arts and Art Deco to late American modern architecture.
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Things to do in Albany.
- Lark Street
- Madison Avenue
- Pearl Street
- Albany Institute of History & Art
- Irish American Heritage Museum
- New York State Museum
- New York State Capitol
- Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site
- Ten Broeck Mansion