Albany: Best Things to Do - Photo by kelly.marlis

Albany is located on the West bank of the Hudson River with its amazing view.

It is approximately 10 miles with the Mohawk River and 135 miles North of New York City.

Visit and enjoy Albany which has four unique season through of free festivals, events, historic sites, several attractions, premiere shopping, and popular dishes.

Join the mini tours at New York State Capitol takes place in the Washington Avenue which is part of the Empire State Plaza in Capitol Park.

Get some unique stuff in Fort Orange General Store and Ta-Da! store for your loved ones.



Visit New York State Capitol on the State Street, Washington Avenue. Built between 1867 and 1899 under several governors, this building is a National Historic Landmark and listed on the U.S National Register of Historic PLaces. The ground floor features a Classical Romanesque style, second and third floor is Renaissance Classical style, and the fourth and roof floors are Victorian Romanesque style.

new york state capitol

A spectacular building with many interesting details.

Historic for its construction, and mixed blending of architecture.

Amazing stone work on the Millionaire Staircase.

It's an incredibly breathtaking architectural place worth visiting.

Address : State St. and, Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12224, United States


They welcome you by groups for special guided tours for collection and exhibitions. Gallery tours usually on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm. What's more, if you are lucky, you can enjoy a free ticket admission too!

Albany Institute of History & Art

This place is one of the most wonderful places in the city of Albany.

What a variety of beautiful art and artifacts on display.

There is a nice variety of artifacts

The staff is friendly and helpful.

Address : 125 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210, United States


Ta-Da! offers an unusual approach to merchandising providing unique mix items for all ages including adults. You will find family games, retro candy, toys, pop-culture collectibles, drinking and cooking accessories, unique books, and many more!


It is great place to find unique gifts.

Lots of really interesting toys for all ages.

It has a lot to offer and reasonably priced.

The owner is a real gentleman.

Address : 1475 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203, United States


Cardona's Markets brings an Albany tradition through the finest quality Italian products. Pasta, salads, sandwiches, and roasted potatoes are the favorites! Cocktails are the popular drink you must try in Albany. Find out the places which serve the finest cocktails at town.


The city of Albany offers many arts and cultural events throughout the year. It can be seen by historical events and interesting artistic creations like museums, art galleries, performing arts, and festivals.


The best time to visit Albany for the ideal weather is on May 7th to October 7th.


Book your great choice to stay in Albany at Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area. Enjoy their excellent amenities like free internet access, indoor pool, fitness center, on-site restaurants, non-smoking rooms and many more. The location is only across from the State University of New York. Feel the comfortable stay only in Renaissance Albany Hotel with their several amenities. The hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Capital of New York State. There is a Wellington's Restaurant, you can taste a small plate including high end American fare. The interior has a calming color palette, with various light features.

Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area

Great hotel in the convenient location and it's very close to many restaurants, and shopping.

The bed is very comfortable and the room is clean.

The staff is very friendly and accommodating.

They offer great breakfast with a fun atmosphere too.

Address : 1389 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12206, United States

Renaissance Albany Hotel

Excellent accommodations in the convenient location.

The Renaissance was a lovely overnight for business recently.

Extremely clean rooms and a very well-suited gym for those that take working out seriously.

Top notch service.

Address : 144 State St, Albany, NY 12207, United States


Visit and enjoy Albany Pump Station popular starter menu, Calamity which features a lightly fried, served over marinara, finished with cherry peppers, parmesan cheese, and balsamic drizzle. You can taste Nutella Espresso Mousse as your dessert menu or Stout Float with vanilla ice cream, stout beer, whipped ice cream and chocolate sauce. You can also buy their merchandise! Enjoy world class fine fusion dining in Yono's restaurant to try their favorite menus. They served American cuisine with Indonesian influence utilizing seasonal and freshest ingredients from Upstate New York. This restaurant is managed by the Puromo's family with Yono Purnomo as a chef.

Albany Pump Station

Really "cool" place to hang out and enjoy your meal in Albany.

The huge fire place area on one side is a perfect hang out spot nice and quiet.

They always offer fresh food and unique food combinations and their burgers are very tasty.

The pump stations food and drinks are always worth it.

Address : 19 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY 12207, United States


Best fine dinning in Albany region.

Service are great and the place are super cozy

The tasting menu is fun and the wine list is extensive and great as well.

Great place to go for special day/celebration.

Address : 25 Chapel St, Albany, NY 12210, United States


Breakfast, brunch, salad, and sandwiches are the great things you might like in Cafe Madison. Besides, Cafe Madison also offers an Omelette including basic omelette and smoked salmon and cream cheese as a topping. Catering menu also available for any occasion.Iron Gate Cafe offers a variety of homemade soups, salads, wraps, and sandwiches which are prepared with quality ingredients. Taste their special daily menu like County Cork Scramble, Corned Beef Hash Benedict, Irish Soda Bread French Toast, and etc.

Cafe Madison

The place is beautiful, very cozy and the personnel extremely nice and caring.

The coffee is flavorful and the service is outstanding.

The bread is made in house and as thick as a mattress.

Definitely a place to check out if you love breakfast.

Address : 1108 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12208, United States

Iron Gate Cafe

One of the best brunch spots in the Capital Region.

It offers good food and a vibrant atmosphere.

They have good vegetarian options.

Their outside seating is wonderful in good weather.

Address : 182 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12210, United States


Entertain yourself at The WaterWorks Pub which offers a hometown corner Bar atmosphere including pool table, dart board, video games, table & booth seating, lite bar faire, and many more. The club is located on the second floor with a separate bar & smoking patio along with dozens of modern dance lights. Come out to the area's longest running and still the most amazing dance party. Invite your buddies to enjoy the shows under weird lights to a packed crowd. Shows mostly held on Friday and Saturday night.


Great place with fun events.

It has hot bartender.

They offer great variety of wines.

Fun atmosphere with lovely music.

Address : 76 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206, United States

Fuze Box

Nice spit to dance and grab drinks.

They provide grat variety of beers.

great music for a once a month X-Humanity experience.

Would definitely visit.

Address : 12 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12210, United States


Looking for a party filled with fun and great memories? Huck Finn's Playland is the choice. Visit and enjoy a day kids of all ages including Kiddie Rides, Family Rides, and Thrill Rides. Each ride has different facilities. A skyscraper which takes place in downtown Albany, New York. The Erastus Corning Tower or well known ad the Mayor Erastus Corning 2nd Tower. See the great views of the surrounding area and interesting artwork you might like.

Huck Finn's Playland

Great kiddie amusement park with plenty of rides for all ages kids.

This is the perfect place to bring children under the age of 8.

Cute little rides.

Fine place to spend an hour or so.

Address : 25 Erie Blvd, Albany, NY 12204, United States

Erastus Corning II Tower

One of the ugliest buildings in all of Albany.

It has an observatory of the city on the top floor.

The view from the top is amazing.

There is a designated elevator on the ground floor that takes you directly to the observatory.

Address : 100 S Mall Arterial, Albany, NY 12210, United States


Complete your journey by visiting The Empire State Plaza. Capture your visit to this great building which sets around three beautiful reflecting pools, accented by fountains in the summer. You can also enjoy an outdoor Farmers Market and movies under the stars and other amazing festivals. Great place to take some photos and do several fun things only in Washington Park. You can enjoy recreational activities, community gathering, and special events you might join like the annual Tulip Festival. This park became one of the nation's 100 most important parks in 1998.

The Empire State Building

Iconic, art deco office tower from 1931 with exhibits & observatories on the 86th & 102nd floors

Address : 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001, United States

washington park Albany

Beautiful park and great during the fall season.

This park is located right by Albany Medical Center.

There are so many aspects to it.

A very good place to do photography for special occasions.

Address : 35 Willett St, Albany, NY 12210, United States