View of New York State Capitol Building in Albany

Things to do in  Albany

Grand skyline on the Hudson

An often-overlooked city, Albany deserves a spot on your travel list. While less glitzy than other popular destinations in the state, Albany has a charm of its own, with many incredible museums, 19th-century buildings, and performing arts institutions, among other things to do. Landmark points include the Empire State Plaza and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, making for one of the most beautiful skylines. The restaurant scene is impressive if you're a foodie, with everything from old-school Irish pubs to Southern barbecue joints.

Top 4 attractions in Albany

Motorcyclepedia Museum

Motorcyclepedia Museum

Motorcycle enthusiasts can marvel at the sizable collection of vintage bikes at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York. Located about 60 miles (96 kilometers north of New York City, near the Hudson River, the museum showcases more than 600 two-wheeled machines. Visitors can explore motorcycle history and check out the abundance of biker memorabilia.More
Mount Gulian Historic Site

Mount Gulian Historic Site

History-loving travelers will enjoy stepping back in time during a visit to the Mount Gulian Historic Site. This well-kept 18th Century Dutch manor home located on the scenic Hudson River once served as a headquarters during the Revolutionary War and later was the birthplace of the much-storied Society of the Cincinnati. And while its ties to early American history are clear, archeologists suggest the land surrounding Mount Gulian may have been home to Native Americans as early as 6000 BC.Visitors who opt for a tour of the grounds will find themselves deep in the trenches of American history, as expert guides will gladly share stories of army Major Generals, escaped slaves and groundbreaking revolutions. Whether travelers are interested in the stunningly preserved interiors, well-kept grounds, beautiful Hudson River views or the tales of early American life, a stop at Mount Gulian Historic Site has something for just about everyone.More
Locust Grove Estate

Locust Grove Estate

Built in 1851 for artist and inventor Samuel Morse as a summer home, Locust Grove Estate overlooks the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Today, the estate is a museum that primarily offers a snapshot of a place and time, with an extensive collection and expansive grounds.More
Wilderstein Historic Site

Wilderstein Historic Site

Overlooking the Hudson River, the Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck was home to three generations of the Suckley Family. Originally built in the Italianate style in the 1850s, it was later remodeled in the Queen Anne style. Today, the mansion and landscaped grounds provide a glimpse of elite life in the Hudson Valley over the years.More

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When to visit

While many might assume that summer is ideal, with warm temperatures around 85°F (29°C) and longer days, seasoned travelers know that Albany is a year-round gem. In fall, the foliage is exceptionally breathtaking, and visitors can delight in the beautiful street scenes and orange hues in the local parks. Winter brings the magic of snowy landscapes and skiing in nearby resorts, but it can be brutally cold, with temperatures around 30°F (-1°C), making cozy fireplaces essential.

Getting around

Downtown Albany is very walkable, with plenty of parks and trails along the riverside, so the best way to get around when the weather is agreeable is on foot. For getting around on a budget without a car, hop on the CDTA bus system, which can easily take you all over the many neighborhoods of Albany. However, if you want to get from point A to point B with little fuss, rideshare apps like Uber work well in and out of the city center.

Traveler tips

Explore the city's urban parks for a dose of nature. The picturesque Washington Park includes charming fountains, a recreational lake, and many walking trails. For a taste of Albany's culinary scene, head to Lark Street, where you'll find various restaurants serving delicious regional dishes and international cuisine. It's home to some of the best Italian food at Villa di Como, or for modern American, try Savoy Taproom, which also serves up delicious cocktails.

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Is Albany worth visiting?

Yes, Albany boasts a rich history as the capital of New York, with iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Plaza and the New York State Capitol. It's an underrated city filled with charming districts like Center Square and Lark Street, where streets are lined with cozy coffee shops and vintage bookstores.

What is Albany famous for?

Nestled in the Hudson River Valley, Albany has a rich history and cultural significance with many iconic landmarks. Home to the renaissance-revival New York State Capitol and cutting-edge architecture such as The Egg, a performing arts center, Albany is known for its beautiful skyline.

How many days should I spend in Albany?

To fully immerse yourself in the city's charm, spend at least three days exploring all it offers. Stroll through the historic buildings, visit museums such as the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art, and dine on Lark Street.

What is the famous street in Albany?

As you stroll through the bustling city of Albany, it's hard to miss the iconic street that has quite a vibrant reputation: Lark Street. This lively avenue embodies the city's essence with its diverse blend of art galleries, indie shops, delicious restaurants, and popular cocktail bars.

Is Albany a walkable city?

Yes, with its network of sidewalks and ample pedestrian crossings, exploring Albany on foot is feasible and highly enjoyable. It's an opportunity to take in the architectural splendor of downtown, browse the boutiques on Lark Street, or simply savor a hot cup of coffee in Washington Park.

How expensive is it to visit Albany?

While the cost of accommodation and food can be a bit pricey, Albany remains relatively budget-friendly. From art museums to parks and botanical gardens, there is no shortage of free activities and attractions to explore. Plus, the walkable streets and efficient bus network make transport not overly expensive.

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