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Top 12 Things to Do in Albany, NY

Ishaan Govardhan Aug 31, 2019
Established 400 years ago as a Dutch settlement, Albany has quickly emerged as a good place for a relaxing getaway. The Capital Region of New York offers fun and recreation for visitors of all ages and tastes.

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To begin with, check out the magnificent New York State Capitol. This National Historic Landmark draws the eye from afar. Guided tours last for 1 hour, but you may end up marvelling at it for much longer.
Visitors with an eye for architecture will notice that the base floor of the New York State Capitol is designed in the Classical Romanesque style, whereas the next 2 floors are in the Renaissance style. And the top floor has Victorian Romanesque influences.

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Next, check out Albany City Hall which has housed the mayor's office since 1883. Its iconic 202 ft tall carillon tower stands tall over the city which it governs.
How about an old-fashioned trolley ride? Hop aboard for a Historic Albany Trolley Tour, at the Discover Albany Visitors Center. Listen to the story of Albany from your guide, as you explore the city's landmarks.
Stroll around Empire State Plaza, which is the city's beating heart. It's where the locals get together for special events. Ascend up to the observation deck of Corning Tower, or pop inside the oddly-shaped 'The Egg' for a memorable theater show.

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Check out the annual Albany Tulip Festival, to see why Albany is New York's spring destination. Dazzling tulip displays (a sea of 140,000 tulips!), the crowning of "Tulip Queen" and other festivities take over Washington Park. Try to identify the city's official flower "Orange Wonder".
Climb aboard USS Slater on River Hudson. This Cannon-class navy destroyer is USA's only museum ship that's still floating. This is your chance to understand the inner workings of a modern battle ship.

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Set off on a hike through the Albany Pine Bush Reserve (3,200+ acres). There are more than 10 miles of nature trails to explore. You don't have to leave Albany for a rejuvenating brush with nature!

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Every spring large striped bass make their way into the Hudson River, from the ocean. This is Albany's fishing season. If you're lucky, you can even hook some huge 40-inchers!

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The Hudson calls out to every adventure-seeker. You can rent a kayak and take off rowing on the open water. Go where the river takes you!

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Several scenic biking trails pass through Albany, including the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail. If you haven't brought your own bike, you can just swing by one of Albany's bike rental stations.

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Albany has its share of 18-hole golf courses, some of which seem to stretch as far as the eye can look. There are both public courses and private clubs worth checking out. Time to work on that swing!

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In winter, you should head over to Albany's Buckingham Lake Park for fun on the ice. The frozen lake is perfect for ice skating.