- Our list of the best things to do in Albany, New York, features the top 77 nearby activities — including 31 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Albany, NY has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Museums & Galleries, Entertainment & Shows, Outdoor Places, and Sights & Landmarks.
- The results below include the top 28 things to do within the city of Albany, NY , followed by 50 popular activities in nearby cities, including Troy, Schenectady, Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs
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Madison St, Albany, NY 12224 MoreLess Info
Home to several state government buildings, the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza offers a tour of the Capitol. The plaza also offers an art collection, memorials, performing arts and convention centers as well as a museum.
Presenting some of the most highly respected shows in theater the Capital Repertory Theatre brings quality performances and artistic culture to the community of Albany. The theater features a performance venue, a cafe, an on site costume design shop and a rehearsal hall.
Constructed in 1765, the Georgian style Schuyler Mansion overlooks the Hudson River. Docent guided tours cover the mansion's historical context and historic visitors to the mansion, including George and Martha Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and General John Burgoyne.
Spanning almost 6000 acres, Albany Pine Bush Preserve is a fresh water pine barren with trails for hiking and nature walks. A unique and endangered ecosystem, the Preserve features informative exhibits, as well.
At the Crossgates Mall, visitors will have the opportunity to shop at locations like the Apple Store, Express, Macy's, and The Walking Company. Visitors who wish to sit down can visit the food court or watch a movie at Regal Cinemas.
The site of the first Shaker settlement in America, the Shaker Heritage Society has original Shaker homes on display as well as an array of Shaker arts, crafts, and artifacts. They host corporate retreats and offer educational programs.
51 South Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207 MoreLess Info
With a maximum capacity of 15,500 for sporting events and a total capacity of 17,500 for other public events, the Times Union Center was opened in 1990 and has hosted since then worldwide renowned artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Aerosmith, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and U2.
A historic neighborhood of the city, Lark Street now features plenty of shopping opportunities and others. In here are art galleries, coffee houses, restaurants, bars, antique shops, and even tattoo shops. It is the place where several festivals are held, such as the Art on Lark.