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23 Best Albany Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Albany is a city filled with art, history, and nature. As the capital of New York State, Albany will offer you every opportunity to learn about one of the most historic states in US history. It may not be Time Square, but be assured that Albany has its own personality and treasures that will make you keep coming back year after year.

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23 Most Popular Attractions in Albany

1. Erastus Corning Tower

  • Free
  • Erastus Corning II Tower, South Mall Arterial, Albany, NY, United States
  • Opens daily

2. New York State Museum

  • Donation of $5/person accepted
  • New York State Museum, Madison Avenue, Albany, NY, United States
  • Tue-Sun, 9:30am-5pm

3. Empire State Plaza

  • Free
  • Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY, United States
  • Opens on April-Nov daily 6am-11pm

4. The Egg

  • Vary depending on events
  • The Egg, South Mall Arterial, Albany, NY, United States
  • Time vary depending on events

5. Colonie Center

  • Free
  • Colonie Center, Albany, NY, United States
  • Daily 10am-9:30pm

6. Albany Pine Bush Preserve

  • Free
  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve, New Karner Road, Albany, NY, United States
  • Mon-Fri 9am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

7. Times Union Center

  • Vary depending on events
  • Times Union Center, South Pearl Street, Albany, NY, United States
  • Time vary depending on events

8. Washington Park

  • Free
  • Washington Park, Madison Avenue, Albany, NY, United States
  • Opens daily

9. USS Slater

  • Adults $9, Seniors $8, Children $7
  • USS SLATER, Broadway, Albany, NY, United States
  • April-November, Wed-Sun 10am-4pm

10. Albany Institute of History & Art

  • Adult $10 Child $6
  • Albany Institute of History & Art, Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, United States
  • Wed, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

11. Jack’s Oyster House

  • Vary depending on menu
  • Jack's Oyster House, State Street, Albany, NY, United States
  • Daily 11:30am-10pm

12. Ten Broeck Mansion

  • Adult $5 Child $3
  • Ten Broeck Mansion, Ten Broeck Place, Albany, NY, United States
  • May- October Thu-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-4pm

13. Schuyler Mansion

  • Adult $5 Child Free
  • Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site, Catherine Street, Albany, NY, United States
  • by appointment

14. Spectrum 8 Theatre

  • Vary depending on shows
  • Spectrum 8 Theatres, Delaware Avenue, Albany, NY, United States
  • Time vary depending on shows

15. The Irish American Heritage Museum

  • Donation accepted
  • Irish American Heritage Museum, Broadway, Albany, NY, United States
  • Wed- Fri 11am-4pm, Sat-Sun 12nn-4pm

Recommended Museums for Art and History

The New York State Museum is a great place to learn all about how New York came to be and how it has grown since then. It is home to some of the top scientists in the country who make amazing discoveries in the field of pathology and archaeology. It underwent renovations for expansion a few years back, which allowed them to have more room for bigger exhibitions like dinosaur skeletons.

You can visit the Revolutionary War General Philip J. Schuyer at the Schuyer Mansion. There you can take an exciting educational tour about the Genera’s lifestyle, his political influences, his military experiences and his social gatherings that took place at his home.

The First Church of Albany is a true historical landmark. Tour the state’s oldest congregation and learn about the history behind its architectural design and the hardships it has endured since it was built in 1798. Another popular attraction is the Empire State Plaza. The plaza consists of ten buildings and its own world of shopping, restaurants, tours, landmarks, and fascinating architecture that is admired by thousands of visitors each year.

Discover the burials of national and local celebrity figures at the Albany Rural Cemetery. There you can take peaceful walks along the trails, go biking or take a drive around the 467-acre landscape.

Entertainment Venues for Music and Sports

At Albany’s center of Performing Arts, The Egg, you can watch musical concerts, watch stage plays and enjoy comedy events. The Egg also holds yoga and fitness classes. If you’re thinking of hosting a party, the facility allows you to rent out a 10,000 square foot lounge room perfect for dancing and entertainment.

The Time Union Center is perfect for live concerts, comedy shows, sports events and even ice skating! Very often they have special shows for families to interact with and enjoy like laser shows, Disney, and Sesame Street performances.

Another place to enjoy sports and recreation is at the Washington Avenue Armory with a maximum capacity of 4,600 for sports events, conventions, and concerts. Built back in 1890, the building has bounced around for uses from arenas to a library. As you tour the building, learn about it’s deep history and upcoming events.

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