10 Reasons to Visit Rensselaer County


Troy Waterfront Farmers Market in Rensselaer County


When you travel Amtrak to the Albany-Rensselaer station, you are in Rensselaer County. Visit Rensselaer County for the love of:

1. Farm Fresh: Look for local farm-to-table products every Saturday, year-round, at the Troy Waterfront Market and, during the summer, at many farmers markets throughout the county.

2. History: Visit the site of the Battle of Bennington, which was actually fought in Hoosick Falls. Watch colonial-era open-hearth cooking at Crailo State Historic Site. Rensselaer County Historical Society showcases Sam Wilson, aka Uncle Sam (who lived in Troy), and an 1827 Federal-style home. Explore the industrial revolution at the Burden Iron Works Museum. Stroll through Earl Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery and past Uncle Sam’s grave.

3. Arts: Enjoy world-renowned and cutting-edge music, intimate settings for plays and performances, countless galleries and artisan shops. Be sure to check out Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, EMPAC, Theater Institute at Sage College, Sand Lake Center for the Arts and The Arts Center of the Capital Region.

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4. Craft Beverages: Try local farm breweries, tasting rooms and specialized craft beer at Troy’s Brown’s Brewing Co., Rare Form Brewing Co., Hudson-Chatham Winery and Schmaltz’s tasting room. Brookview Station Winery, S & S Farm Brewery, The Beer Diviner and Brown’s Walloomsac Tap Room offer craft beverages in a more rural setting.

5. Culinary: Discerning taste buds delight in the wide variety of ethnic offerings throughout the county. Take a food tour in Troy.

6. Hiking: For every ability-level, hike the trails in the area’s parks, forests, preserves and to a historic fire tower.

7. Outdoor Recreation: Enjoy the outdoors, in summer and fall, biking, swimming, fishing or paddling, and in winter, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice skating (indoors and outdoors) and old-fashioned sledding.

8. Family Fun: Get hands-on at the Children’s Museum of Science & Technology and The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Catch a baseball game with the Tri-City Valley Cats.

9. Festivals: The entire county is filled with festivals, including Pig Out, Chowder Festival, River Street Festival, Enchanted City and Victorian Stroll in Troy, as well as an Annual Ice Fishing Contest and Winter Festival at Grafton Lakes State Park, the Capital District Flower & Garden Show and St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Hoosick Falls, Summer Fest in Sand Lake, Schaghticoke Fair and the Goold Orchards Annual Apple Festival and Craft Fair.

10. Off the Beaten Path: Gaze at the Tiffany Windows in Troy. Visit one of two peace pagodas in the United States at the Grafton Peace Pagoda. See snow in July at the “snow hole”. See buffalo at GEM Farms.

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Take Amtrak to Rensselaer County

Visit Rensselaer County via Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Station—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

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