Established in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art has been chronicling artistic expression longer than the Louvre, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visitors acquaint themselves with an eternally revolving set of exhibits, including Hajo: An Artist’s Journey, which documents Hans-Joachim Richard Christoph's work in package design incorporating the bold, stylized graphics of the Berlin school of graphic design. Visitors can sidle up to one of the permanent exhibitions, such as the panoramic landscape art of The Landscape that Defined America: The Hudson River School or the ornamentally preserved remains of Ancient Egypt, an exhibit that spotlights the Nile, the Egyptian concept of afterlife, and ways to reposition a mummy into a hip-hop mummy.
Since 1957, Yankee Trails World Travel has connected upstate New York to the wider world with motor-coach entertainment packages and all-inclusive travel packages. Its fleet of coaches received the highest safety rating from the state Department of Transportation, despite the fact that their buses are not coated in bubble wrap. Each year, travelers embark on hundreds of motor-coach tours to sporting events, casinos, and plays. Air-travel packages zip patrons off to exotic locales, and scenic cruises expose guests to the pristine waters and sandy shores of the Caribbean.
Decades ago, large cruise ships called dayliners traveled the wide waters of the Hudson River, ushering passengers to ports from Albany to New York City. Although time has passed, Dutch Apple Cruises keeps this tradition alive with Dutch Apple II: a 65-foot, US Coast Guard-inspected cruise ship created in the classic dayliner style. Built from a blend of indigenous and traditional sea-worthy woods, including fragrant Douglas fir and Adirondack white cedar, the three-level ship carries passengers along Albany's major waterway on narrated sightseeing tours and charter cruises.
More than 100 passengers at a time roam the enclosed, temperature-controlled decks, which boast amenities such as a dance floor and cash bar. Travelers can also step out onto the open-air deck with a pair of binoculars to spot a passing eagle or watch a bass open the fruit basket they sent it. During charters, live entertainers such as DJs, dancers, singers, and comedians join passengers for a night of revelry.
Double M’s treats families to a day of fall fun with a bucolic hayride, mind-bending corn maze, and petting zoo filled with sociable farm animals. Duos can dangle shoes from the side of a tractor-drawn wagon, which hauls adults, kids, and stowaway phantoms on a 20-minute pilgrimage through the crisp fall air and toward the entrance of a labyrinthine corn maze. Maze-goers can showcase their navigational prowess as they wind their way through the towering earth-grown walls in pursuit of victory over racing companions. After the maze, huskers can refuel stomach engines with grub from the concession stand (not included with this Groupon) before hobnobbing with friendly animals in the petting zoo or indulging in the purest oxygen molecules by jumping atop a bouncy bounce. Double M’s invites tykes of all ages to join the autumnal festivities and welcomes children 2 and under free of charge.
The adventurous tour guides at GO Mountain Biking! lead scenic nature-gazing rides for all skill levels as well as harrowing jaunts through rocky terrain for more experienced riders. Each client takes part in a phone interview before the tour to schedule a time and devise a game plan. Tours begin with a review of safety and technique before guests venture out into the wilderness of the Glens Falls area to enjoy the lush landscape, scope out resident wildlife, and gulp fresh, clean air without having to suck from a balloon inflated by Mother Nature.
Meandering along the quiet waters 150 miles north of New York City, Hudson Cruises' captains navigate the picturesque artery of the northern Hudson River Valley, offering views of the rolling Catskills and, occasionally, the belly buttons of soaring bald eagles. Both private and public tours—including chartered dinner cruises, Hudson-Athens lighthouse tours, sunset tours, and Latin Dance Party cruises—traverse the waterway, with accommodations for up to 150 passengers on the New Orleans–style paddleboat. Tours take place May–October, seven days a week.