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Albany is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original 13 colonies. It’s also home to NYS’s capitol building, historic sites, and a growing craft beverage industry.
Albany is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original 13 colonies. It’s also home to New York State’s capitol building, historic sites, and a growing craft beverage industry.
  • NYS Region: NYS Capital & Saratoga Region

  • Distance: NYC: 3hrs - Hartford: 2hrs - Philly: 4hrs - Boston: 2.75hrs

  • Famous for: NYS Capitol, Craft Brews, History

  • Not to miss: New York State Capitol Building and Albany Institute of History and Art.

  • Perfect for: Couples, Families, History Buffs

  • Link Albany.org

  • Publish Date: May 04, 2017

#NYSCapitol #CraftBrews #History

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Why It's Famous

Albany is one of the oldest surviving European settlements from the original 13 colonies. It’s also home to NYS’s capitol building, historic sites, and a growing craft beverage industry.

    • Into local craft beer? Visit the Albany Beverage Trail, promoting local craft and farm-based beverage facilities throughout downtown Albany.
    • Visit the New York State Museum, Albany Institute of History & Art, the Irish American Heritage Museum and the plethora of other museums Albany has to offer.
    • Explore dozens of restaurants and fine dining experiences, great mom-and-pop shopping and catch an Albany Devils hockey game in Downtown Albany.
    • Visit Washington Park in May for Albany’s famous Tulip Festival—worth the trip.
New York State Capitol Building | Albany Area.jpgThe New York State Capitol Building, a hand-built architectural marvel.New World Bistro | Albany Area.jpgRic Orlando's 80-seat gastro pub, New World Bistro.

The NY Sherpa Recommends

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Founded in 1791, this institute is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. It’s famous for its Hudson River School paintings and educational outreach programs that serve 10,000 students and families every year.

Museums: Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY
518-463-4478
AlbanyInstitute.org

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One of the region’s most revered musical and cultural institutions, the Albany Symphony is the only professional symphony orchestra based in the Capital Region and engages over 150,000 people each year.

Art/Culture: Albany Symphony
19 Clinton Ave.,
Albany, NY
518-694-3300
AlbanySymphony.com

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Grab some friends and head down to Albany’s Warehouse District on Broadway to taste the farm-based beverages of Albany County. Try Albany Distilling Company, C.H. Evans Brewing Co. at the Albany Pump Station, Nine Pin Cider Works and Druthers Brewing Company.

Craft Brews: Capital Craft Beverage Trail
Warehouse District on Broadway,
Albany, NY
CapitalCraftBeverageTrail.com

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Situated along the Helderberg Escarpment—one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world, Thatcher safeguards six miles of limestone cliff-face, rock-strewn slopes, woodland and open fields and a marvelous panorama of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys and the Adirondack and Green Mountains.

Hiking: Thacher Park
1 Hailes Cave Rd.,
Voorheesville, NY
518-872-1237
Parks.NY.gov/Parks/128

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Atop Albany’s State Street hill is the NYS Capitol, the seat of government for New York since the late 19th century. Take tours of this architectural marvel that was hand-built of solid masonry over a 25-year period.

History: NYS Capitol
State St. & Washington Ave.,
Albany, NY
518-474-2418
OGS.NYS.gov

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Established in 1836, the NYS Museum is a center of art, science and history dedicated to exploring the human and natural history of the state. It’s the oldest and largest state museum in the country with more than 16 million scientific specimens and one million cultural objects.

History: NYS Muesum
222 Madison Ave.,
Albany, NY
518-474-5877
NYSM.NYSED.gov

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A cozy 80-seat gastro pub created by Ric Orlando, with farm-fresh and creative eats, regional beers that fill out a global menu and a mahogany bar from ‘39 World’s Fair—all in the heart of Albany’s newly revitalized Delaware Avenue Neighborhood. Try the meatloaf, it’ll change your life. #FatSherpa

Foodie: New World Bistro Bar
300 Delaware Ave.,
Albany, NY
518-694-0520
NewWorldBistroBar.com

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This upscale inn offers NYC-style accommodations in New York’s capital. The inn is situated near Washington Park and offers guests access to beautiful English gardens. Their breakfast each morning will get you started off right.

Lodging: Morgan State House
393 State St.,
Albany, NY
518-427-6063
StateHouse.com 

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