- The list below includes 62 free or cheap things to do in or near Albany, New York, including 85 different types of inexpensive activities like Historic Sites, Movie Theaters, Parks and Architectural Buildings.
- From Washington Park to US Route 20, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Albany and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Troy, Schenectady, Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs.
Jogging, picnicking and fishing are some of the activities to be performed in the Washington Park. Some of the amenities include a Lakehouse Amphitheatre, a playground area, and tennis courts. In here there are over 100 species of trees, and plenty of bird to be spotted.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
A house built in 1787, Historic Cherry Hill provides a guided tour of the grounds and a collection of over 70,000 items. The collection has items from between 1787 and 1963, including diaries, documents, furnishings, photos and clothing.