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Area Overview

Visit us during each of Albany's four seasons and tour four centuries of architecture, from the renovated Million Dollar Staircase in the New York State Capitol, to the awe inspiring "Egg" at the Empire State Plaza.

Albany's business districts and neighborhoods abound with exciting cultural heritage, while the countryside is home to many diverse examples of historic house sites and public spaces, including the Pruyn House and the first Shaker Meeting House. Visit the magnificent Delaware & Hudson building, now the Administrative Center of the State University of New York, located at the base of State Street.

New York's Tech Valley encompasses the Capital Region and parts of the Adirondacks/North Country, Hudson Valley, and Mohawk Valley. Tech Valley has a history of discovery, invention, and innovation dating back to the early 1600s and it continues today with cutting-edge research and invaluable breakthroughs in nanotech, biotech, alternative energy, and other exciting fields.

Albany - An Amazing Discovery!

Includes Cities/Towns: Albany, Alcove, Altamont, Berne, Clarksville, Coeymans Hollow, Cohoes, Delmar, Dormansville, East Berne, Feura Bush, Guilderland, Guilderland Center, Knox, Latham, Medusa, New York, Newtonville, Preston Hollow, Ravena, Rensselaerville, Selkirk, Slingerlands, South Bethlehem, Troy, Voorheesville, Watervliet, Westerlo.

Things to Do

Recreation & Fitness

New York's Capital Region has enticed visitors for over 400 years with historic sites, fabulous attractions, family-friendly amenities, and entertaining events. The historic Capital City sits on the banks of the mighty Hudson River, a waterway deeply embedded in our nation's history for its years of military, strategic, and economic importance.

Begin your journey to Albany at the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center at historic Quackenbush Square. Take in Albany's unique skyline where century-old architecture lies against contemporary marvels. Continue your journey back in time on board the USS Slater, a WWII US Naval Destroyer Escort, or by touring the State Capitol, and one of Albany's historic homes and churches. Albany's annual festivals and special events continue the theme of past and present as we celebrate our Dutch heritage at the annual Tulip Festival.

Let Albany entertain you with its abundance of professional theatre, music, dance, sports, and a backyard full of recreational splendors. Enjoy everything from boating to skiing, and biking to snow-shoeing. Albany lies at the foot of the Adirondacks and Catskill Mountains and is at the tip of the Hudson Valley Region. As the crossroads of the northeast, Albany is easily accessible by car, train, and plane and is located less than three hours from NYC, Boston, and Montreal, and is just a short drive away from Cooperstown or Saratoga Springs.

There is a vibrancy in Albany that reflects both its link to history and its promising future. We invite you to Albany, An Amazing Discover

Cultural Activities

Albany is here to entertain you! Come experience all that the Capital Region has to offer in theatre, music, dance, spectator sports, festivals, and visual arts.

Movie buffs, there's action at Crossgates Mall's Regal 18 Megaplex & IMAX Movie Theatre and Colonie Center's Regal Cinemas Stadium 13. Maybe you'll catch a glimpse of Albany in another scene on the big screen! Artists gravitate toward Lark Street, Albany's "Village in the City". Its composition is a blend of the symmetry of commercial and residential buildings that line its ten-block street. Celebrate the arts in Albany on the 1st Friday of every month (events calendar).

There is no need to canvas upstate NY in search of unique and eclectic experiences because downtown's Center Square is highlighted with year-round arts, dining, nightlife, and shopping; drawing in visitors worldwide for many of Albany's most popular events: Art on Lark, LarkFEST, and Winter WonderLark, which features the notoriously invigorating annual Santa Speedo Sprint. Looking for more nightlife? You'll find it at our many restaurants, theatres, and pubs along Pearl Street or Broadway.


With each of our four changing seasons, comes different scenery and events - an abundance of tulips in the spring, nonstop outdoor fun in the summer, gorgeous fall foliage in autumn, and in winter...a wonderland! Albany offers a taste of everything, and not just with our eclectic cuisine. Events and festivals abound. Historic sites and government buildings offer tours and impressive architecture. Parks, memorials, art galleries, museums, and planetariums are found at every turn.


Located at the crossroads of the Northeast, the Capital Region is accessible by major expressways, well-maintained rural thoroughfares, and modern transportation services including the Albany International Airport (ALB) and Amtrak Station. The New York State Thruway (I-90), Adirondack Northway (I-87), Taconic Parkway, and Interstate 88 all have converge in the region, making it easy to reach major cities in Canada, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Jersey in a matter of hours.


Monthly Temperatures / Rainfall

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain
 January  12.9  22.1  31.2  2.7 "
 February  14.9  24.6  34.3  2.3 "
 March  24.8  34.5  44.2  3.2 "
 April  35.6  46.2  56.9  3.4 "
 May  46.3  57.9  69.5  3.8 "
 June  55.0  66.1  77.3  3.8 "
 July  60.0  71.1  82.2  3.7 "
 August  58.3  69.1  79.8  3.7 "
 September  49.8  60.7  71.5  3.4 "
 October  38.6  49.3  60.0  3.2 "
 November  30.7  39.2  47.7  3.4 "
 December  20.0  28.1  36.2  2.8 "

Best Time To Go:

Spring and fall.

Be prepared for your trip to Albany by checking the weather forecasts often and packing appropriately for the activities you may take part in while here, be it apple picking, skiing, enjoying the tulips, or attending a concert on the river! With each of our four changing seasons, comes different scenery and events - an abundance of tulips in the spring, nonstop outdoor fun in the summer, gorgeous fall foliage in autumn, and in winter...a wonderland!


There are plenty of affordable and accessible transportation services to get you to, from, and around Albany. After a day of traveling, sightseeing, or business meetings, choose to relax in a park side bed & breakfast, a full-service hotel, or a convenient motor inn or motel- all of Albany County's options offer the best in comfort and hospitality.


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