Easily accessible from the Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station, downtown Albany offers plenty for visitors. The New York State Capitol and State University of New York at Albany buildings are architectural wonders. The Empire State Plaza offers sweeping views and is home to the New York State Museum and The Egg Center for the Performing Arts. Nearby MVP Arena in the coming months will welcome a multitude of musical performances. A brief stroll from the Capitol, Lark Street features shops, restaurants and a strong sense of place, courtesy of a most compelling neighborhood in an upstate urban setting. Keep walking away from the Capitol and you will enter Washington Park, which according to Albany.org, is comprised of eight acres and offers tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park and playground. According to the Washington Park Conservancy, the destination also features a stocked lake, bike paths and is used often for bocce, volleyball, croquet, badminton, handball, bird watching and, in the winter, ice skating. Annual events include the Tulip Festival in May, which showcases the blossoming of 200,000 tulips. Nearby Troy offers access to the Hudson River with its Hudson Riverwalk and Riverfront Park, and welcomes visitors to the nationally-recognized Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, as well as Dinosaur Bar-B-Cue and the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
New York’s capital city merges history with culture, art and performance; cuisine and craft beverages; events and festivals. Rural Rensselaer County revels in the region’s past.
Visiting the Albany-Rensselaer but don’t know how to plan out your trip? With so many things to see and places to go within the region, itineraries are always helpful tools for visiting the area. Whether you’re passing through, spending the night or staying for a few days, we’ve got your planning covered.
The Capital Region of Albany invites you to surround yourself with a sea of tulips this Mother’s Day weekend. The festival celebrates Albany’s heritage as the oldest Dutch settlement in America with girls in authentic Dutch costumes.
Albany, the capital of New York State and home to history and culture. I had been to Albany once before and was familiar with some of its history and its title as the Capitol of our state, but I was less familiar with its position as a center for art…READ MORE
What is Howe Caverns? Naturally developed approximately six million years ago, Howe Caverns is a magnificent feat of New York State’s nature. Formed by two separate types of limestone, Coeymans and Manlius, the walls of the cave are embedded with the fossils of creatures of the past and prior inhabitants of the land…READ MORE
The capital of New York State is home to its own Amtrak station in Rensselaer. The Albany-Rensselaer Station is an easy way to visit Albany. Just hail a cab, Uber or Lyft from the station and visit this great city today!