Discover Albany. Settled by the Dutch in 1609, Albany is the nation’s oldest city. Each year, the city celebrates its Dutch heritage at the Tulip Festival. While this is Albany’s biggest and best-known festival, it’s certainly not the only festival or thing to do. For the foodie, consider the new Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour. It’s a great combination of sightseeing and eating, with stops at both local attractions and beloved restaurants.
Love the outdoors? Rent a kayak at the new kayak hub at Corning Preserve and see the landscape the way Henry Hudson did over 400 years ago. Or visit hike the trails at John Boyd Thacher State Park, with panoramic views of the Adirondacks and Green Mountains.
Love history? Your trip to Albany wouldn’t be complete without visiting the New York State Capitol. This beautiful building took 32 years and $25 million to complete; today it is the country’s most beautiful state capitol. Free guided tours of the building are available six days a week. While you’re there, check on the Empire State Plaza next door, or the New York State Education building. For the culture lover, the Albany Institute of History & Art is a must-see. See the Hudson River School exhibit and learn more about this quintessentially American art movement. And don’t forget about Alexander Hamilton – the man, not the musical. Hamilton called Albany home for many years, and many local sites have Hamilton connections, including Schuyler Mansion, Ten Broeck Mansion, and First Church.
Book your tour, and learn more about the impact this national figure had on Albany, and vice versa. Albany is a city of historians and storytellers, and we love to share our city's story with visitors. To plan your visit, or discover Albany’s unique American story, visit www.albany.org
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