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AlbanyUnited States of America

Come to New York’s capital to marvel at architectural achievements, shop in funky stores or enjoy fine parks and museums.

As the legislative capital of New York, Albany instantly demands respect. However, the city offers more than simply politics. It also has a thriving arts scene, an eclectic mix of restaurants and several historical gems.

Visit Empire State Plaza to admire strikingly modern government buildings and see politics in action, with occasional peaceful demonstrations by concerned citizens. In summer enjoy free concerts or the spectacular July 4th fireworks.

Look beyond the square in any direction to notice how the architecture takes on an older style. Albany was first settled by the Dutch in 1614 and is one of the oldest continually chartered cities in the United States. Walk to State Street to admire 19th-century homes or pay a visit to City Hall, a fine example of Romanesque architecture.

Summer is the best time to enjoy Albany’s well-kept green spaces. Visit Corning Preserve and stroll along the Hudson River or head to Washington State Park. A playhouse within this park holds regular free concerts and theater productions.

When winter cold arrives, explore the city’s museums. New York State Museum features varied exhibitions including Birds of New York and the floating Day Peckinpaugh canal boat. Albany Institute of History and Art also has excellent exhibits, such as the Hudson River school paintings.

For shopping, head to Lark Street, known as "Albany’s Greenwich Village," where you’ll find alternative, boutique stores with one-of-a-kind jewelry and contemporary art. This popular student area has many good restaurants and bars. Finish off a day’s shopping with Buffalo wings and a variety of local craft beer.

Visit in June for the week-long Capital Pride LGBT festival or September for the larkFEST, New York’s largest one-day street festival.

Most of Albany’s major sights are within easy walking distance. Public buses serve a broad area throughout the city and beyond.

Fly to Albany International Airport or drive 2.5 hours north from New York City. Albany offers access to the four seasons in New York’s upstate area, with Adirondack Mountain skiing and summer hiking just two hours away.

Where to stay in Albany

New York State Capitol Building featuring heritage architecture and a pond

Downtown Albany

4/5Very Good!(445 area reviews)

Downtown Albany is known for its abundant dining options, and you can plan a trip to Times Union Center and New York State Capitol Building while you're in town.

Downtown Albany
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Seward Place

3.5/5Good!(64 area reviews)

While Seward Place isn't home to many top sights, Rivers Casino & Resort and Proctors Theater are some notable places to visit nearby.

Seward Place
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Stockade Historic District

Visitors to Stockade Historic District enjoy its casinos, and if you want to do some exploring, Rivers Casino & Resort is worth a stop.

Stockade Historic District
New York State Police Headquarters - August 2018

Melrose

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Melrose and surrounding area, you can visit Westgate Plaza and Times Union Center.

Melrose

Top Hotels in Albany

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area
Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area
3 out of 5
1389 Washington Ave, Albany, NY
The price is ¥10,446 per night

Situated in Albany, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Albany NanoTech Complex and University at Albany SUNY. Colonie Center Mall and Crossgates Mall are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (983 reviews)

"Staff was very well organized and ready to address any concerns. Room was very nice and we felt very comfortable with hotel’s COVID-19 plan. Only negative was breakfast as over 3 mornings we never did get exactly what we ordered. Requested yogurt each morning & fresh fruit, but only received yogurt ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
2.5 out of 5
25 Chapel St, Albany, NY
The price is ¥9,776 per night

Located in Downtown Albany, this hotel is steps from Albany Berkshire Ballet and Palace Theater. Times Union Center and The Egg are also within 15 minutes. Albany-Rensselaer ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,214 reviews)

"The property is located in the heart of the city, so easy to get to workplaces. Beyond a couple of blocks any way, the neighborhoods are somewhat sketchy, so will need a car. Multiple eating options within walking distance (even during the COVID pandemic). The property itself is very well maintained. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
Red Roof Inn Albany Airport
Red Roof Inn Albany Airport
2 out of 5
188 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY
The price is ¥6,725 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Colonie Center Mall and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Siena College. Northway Mall and Pruyn House are also ...

3.6/5Good! (1,045 reviews)

"Very good and friendly staff. Very clean rooms. Plenty of stuff to do In the area"…"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2020

Red Roof Inn Albany Airport

Popular places to visit in Albany

Times Union Center
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Times Union Center

4.5/5(267 reviews)

Catch an event at Times Union Center during your trip to Albany. Experience the area's great live music or attend a sporting event.

Palace Theater
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Palace Theater

4.5/5(163 reviews)

Old World splendor and modern performance standards meet at this renovated heritage theater located in Albany’s downtown. Tour the building or see a show.

The Egg
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The Egg

4/5(288 reviews)

One of the country’s most unique buildings, this performance space is both an architectural marvel and a great place to catch a show.

New York State Museum
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New York State Museum

4.5/5(171 reviews)

Marvel at New York garnet, greet an ancient mastodon and ride a carousel at this museum that chronicles the past and present of the Empire State.

New York State Capitol Building
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New York State Capitol Building

4/5(118 reviews)

Perched atop Albany’s State Street hill, this ornate building has served as the seat of New York State government since the 19th century. 

Washington Park
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Washington Park

4/5(205 reviews)

Numerous activities await you in this beloved and idyllic Albany green space, a product of the city’s Golden Age in the late 1800s.

Top things to do in Albany

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New York
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of New York

¥1,068
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of New York
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of New York

¥1,070
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of New York
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of New York

¥1,070
Per adult