As one of the oldest surviving settlements from the original 13 colonies, Albany is a city steeped in history. But, residents of the capital city know its history as the foundation that has paved the way for modern life. There are so many things to do in Albany; from laser tag at the Crossgates Mall to a riveting performance at the Palace Theater and a summer stroll through Washington Park. One thing is certain: It’s near impossible to be bored in this lively city.
Since 1893, excited fun-seekers have gathered at the Altamont Fair for Albany activities and attractions such as fireworks, live entertainment, and even a circus act. Art enthusiasts sync their calendars, so they don’t miss First Friday: an Upstate Artists Guild initiative that arranges one-night shows on the first Friday of every month. Area hockey fans flock to the Times Union Center during peak season to watch the Albany Devils showdown with other American Hockey League teams. And, when there aren’t hockey games at the arena, there may be a famous band or musician that you may just want to see play.
Art and history make up a large part of the stuff to do in Albany. Among the go-to places for history buffs are the Schuyler Mansion, former home of Revolutionary War general Philip Schuyler, which features 18th-century furniture and decorative art throughout the mansion, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the oldest NEO gothic Cathedral structure in the country.
A guide to Albany wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the State University campus, the city’s rich nightlife and fine dining scene. Albany also offers state parks and stellar golf courses. Whatever one chooses to do, you’ll find that there is no shortage of history, entertainment, or culture in this historic city.