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From biking, hiking, kayaking and swimming to cross country skiing and snowshoeing, Rensselaer County has you covered with miles of trails, nature preserves and three state parks.

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In a picturesque area of 665 square miles, stretching for more than 30 miles along the Hudson River, Rensselaer County is a mix of New England-style independence and close-knit communities. Located just minutes from the bustle of the county seat in Troy, also known as the historic “Collar City,” are thriving suburbs and unspoiled countryside, including thousands of acres of parks and scores of lake and ponds. 

Recreational activities abound in every season, from golf, fishing and hiking to skiing, skating and more. Art centers and museums, as well as live performances, all thrive in Rensselaer County’s cultural climate. Like to shop? Stroll along to downtown storefronts for unique gifts and exotic finds or explore wayside country stores and antique dealers for one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles. Whether you’re a gourmet or like to eat on the go, you’ll find the perfect dining experience among our eclectic mix of cafés, eateries and award-winning restaurants. Orchards, pick-your-own farms, farmers’ markets and family farms provide the backdrop for a scenic landscape. Buy local produce directly from the grower throughout the year at the popular Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday. Get on board with the craft beverage movement at one of Rensselaer County’s four breweries (in six locations) and an award-winning farm winery. 

Fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides and Zipline rides will entertain you. Rensselaer County has played a key role in American history from the early Dutch settlers to the American Revolution, from the Underground Railroad and Civil War to the Industrial Revolution and, of course, right up through World War I and the days of Uncle Sam. In fact, Troy has more Tiffany Windows per square mile than anyplace else in America, and its intact brownstones and examples of Victorian architecture have proven the perfect backdrop for many Hollywood-on-the-Hudson moments. The secret is out! Every season in Rensselaer County offers unique events and one-of-kind attractions to peak your interest.

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