Welcome to Albany

Albany, the capital of New York, is the center of state government, universities and is the showcase of a variety of architecture. The city has a long history dating back to the Dutch settlement of New York in the 1600s, the Erie Canal and alcohol smuggling from Canada during Prohibition.

Albany's attractions are represented by design of buildings, museums and parks. Albany's architectural styles span 200 years. The Albany City Hall is of Romanesque design. The Empire State Plaza is between the New York State Museum and the State Capitol. State Street is Albany's main street that extends to the waterfront of Albany. It is undergoing a renewal in the area where many of the dignified houses from the 19th century remain, including the home of Herman Melville. Close by, Pearl Street is also going through rejuvenation and is the scene of clubs and bars.

From the Corning Tower Observation Deck, visitors can view Albany, the Adirondacks, the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts and the Catskills. Albany also has the New York State Museum is the country's biggest state museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art. For history enthusiasts, there is the Watervliet Arsenal Museum and the USS Slater, a WWII navy destroyer escort.

Albany's varieties of parks offer green space for Albany. Washington Park, in the Center Square section, hosts the Park Playhouse that presents summer musicals and plays. Albany Pine Bush Preserve is an immense inland pine barren. Lark Street is home to the youth and center for residents and Larkfest, a street fair. Thatcher State Park, southwest of Albany on the Helderberg Escarpment, includes walking trails, a swimming pool and look outs over the Hudson-Mohawk valleys and Albany.

Albany provides seasonal festivals and events. The Tulip Festival in May and Capital District Scottish Games open and close the summer months. The city holds free events such as the public concerts at the Empire State Plaza, Washington Park and the Corning Preserve, plays at the Washington Park, and First Fridays to recognize local arts and shops.

Albany has opportunities for sports-minded people. The Hudson-River Bikeway is a lengthy trail for skating, walking, jogging and biking. The Corning Preserve on the Hudson River has a boat launch, picnic sections and trails. The city has two professional sport teams with the baseball team, Tri-City Valley Cats, and ice hockey, the Albany Devils.