Albany and Central New York

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Albany and Central New York - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza


    The ¼-mi-long, 98-acre concourse includes modern art and sculpture, the New York State Museum, the State Library, the elliptical performing...Read More

  • 2. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute


    The institute is made up of a museum, an art school, and a performing-arts center. Its Museum of Art occupies two distinctly different buildings...Read More

  • 3. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum


    The ball that Babe Ruth hit for his 500th home run and Shoeless Joe Jackson's shoes are among the memorabilia that help to make this shrine...Read More

  • 4. New York State Capitol

    Government Building

    It took more than 30 years to complete this grand building (1867–99), which incorporates elaborate carvings, interesting architectural elements...Read More

  • 5. Ace of Diamonds Mine


    Bring your own sledgehammers and pry bars or rent them from the gift shop, stake a "claim," and begin your search for quarry. No matter where...Read More

  • 6. Adirondack Scenic Railroad


    From Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a 1950s-era locomotive chugs and whistles from Utica's historic Union Station on day trips into...Read More

  • 7. Albany Aqua Ducks


    From April through October, you can tour the city in a land-and-water vehicle. The 75-minute tour starts on dry ground, cruising the streets...Read More

  • 8. Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center

    Visitor Center

    The center's museum gallery is a good place for an orientation. Displays trace the city's history and define its neighborhoods; some include...Read More

  • 9. Albany Institute of History and Art


    The 1791 museum, the state's oldest, has annual rotating exhibits and an impressive permanent collection that includes Hudson River School paintings...Read More

  • 10. Arkell Museum at Canajoharie


    The collection of paintings, largely by American artists, includes works by such well-known painters as Winslow Homer, Gilbert Stuart, Edward...Read More

  • 11. Arts Center of the Capital Region


    Two gallery spaces display contemporary and folk pieces by local and regional artists. One- and two-day classes are offered in art, photography...Read More

  • 12. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The country's oldest neo-Gothic cathedral, finished in 1852, has an imposing redbrick exterior with tall twin spires. Inside you find a high...Read More

  • 13. Caverns Creek Grist Mill


    At this restored 1816 mill you can take a self-guided tour and watch the 12-foot-round waterwheel power the 1,400-pound millstone. ...Read More

  • 14. Children's Museum for Science and Technology


    Kids can learn about Mohican life or bees and pollination through the interactive exhibits here, which cover science, history, and art. ...Read More

  • 15. Children's Museum of Saratoga


    At this museum with hands-on exhibits geared for kids three to ninash in a model diner. ...Read More

  • 16. City Hall

    Government Building

    American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, who also developed the state's capitol, designed this 1881 Romanesque revival–style structure. A...Read More

  • 17. Congress Park

    City Park

    Italian gardens, ponds, fountains, and statuary punctuate wide lawns at this park in the heart of the city. Fifty cents buys you a ride on a...Read More

  • 18. Corning Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge leads to this expansive green space along the Hudson River. A 5.3-mi trail, which can be used for biking...Read More

  • 19. Corning Tower


    An elevator whisks you up 589 feet to the 42nd-floor observation deck of this building, the tallest structure in the state outside New York...Read More

  • 20. Cottage Lawn


    The 1849 Gothic Revival cottage, headquarters of the Madison County Historical Society, was designed by noted architect Alexander Jackson Davis...Read More

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