Welcome to Albany

Albany became state capital in 1797 because of its geographic centrality to local colonies and its strategic importance in the fur trade. These days it's as much synonymous with legislative dysfunction as with political power. Its struggling economy is reflected in the number of derelict and abandoned buildings (the ones with white cross signs on a red background). Even so, the locals' friendliness and the city's usefulness as a gateway to the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley make it worth more than a casual look.

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Albany activities

$19.95 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise from Albany

The Dutch Apple II, a 65-foot boat, is derived from popular Hudson River Dayliners which used to ferry people from New York City to Albany. Today it is used for comfortable 90-minute cruises to show off the splendid nature and landscape around the Hudson River. Hop on the Dutch Apple II to begin the 90-minute cruise on the Hudson River. The guide, a Hudson River historian, regales you with interesting tales of Albany’s past and discusses the historic homes that line the riverbanks. Keep your eyes open and your binoculars out to spot eagles and other wildlife. At Van Weis Point, the boat makes a slow U-turn and heads back to Albany, as the guide continues to share the history of the area. Sit back on a comfortable seat, perhaps enjoying a drink or refreshment from the cash bar.

$269 Day Trips & Excursions

Albany NY to New York City by Train Day Trip

All aboard! Leave the traffic problems at home while relaxing aboard an Amtrak Regional train headed for a day of sightseeing and fun in New York City. Take a nap on the comfortable roomy seats or stop by the Café Car. Before long, the train will be pulling into Penn Station in the Big Apple. With a mid-morning arrival, it's only a few blocks to pick up the included tickets for a memorable hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour of New York City and Brooklyn. Stay on the bus or hop off at any destination of choice. There's something to do at nearly every stop on a variety of loop tours. Visit museums, observatories, theaters, zoos, boat rides — even a World War II aircraft carrier and a space shuttle. Enjoy the new One World Trade Center Observatory with a stop at the 9/11 Memorial Pool. Visit Brooklyn, the hottest, hippest upcoming area of New York with galleries, micro breweries, coffee bars galore, and plenty of history.After traveling back to Midtown Manhattan, enjoy a 2-course meal in the heart of Times Square. Then visit the original MACY's flagship store before the return trip to Albany.

$49.99 Outdoor Activities

Albany Puzzling Adventure

Choose your own start time and embark on your adventure. With your smartphone as your guide, go on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood. Visit a series of locations and answer the questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction.There is no need to race as quickly as possible from start to finish. Part of the fun is enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the tour. Before heading to your next location, you’ll have time to eat, drink, enjoy the sights, and use the bathroom while the game clock is not running. You’re only timed on your travel and puzzles.At the end of your adventure, see your rank based on a combination of your answers to the questions and game clock time.

$10 Outdoor Activities

Muscle Motors Speedway New York Asphalt Go Kart Racing

Muscle Motors Speedway is an asphalt go kart track over 1,100 linear foot long, designed, constructed and managed by a local landscaper with over pass, under pass, corkscrew, chicane, horseshow and many other interesting turns at multi levels.  The layout of the track was designed for optimum handling under full power.  The go-karts are Formula K full body karts powered by 6.5 hp Honda motors.  The landscaping ups the bar on go-kart tracks, designed not only for beauty but natural esthetics with ponds, native stone walls and its own mountain pass.  It also has a patio with picnic tables and a bleacher area for viewing and gathering.  The iconic two-story control tower, part of the theme and design, is visible from Interstate I88.  Muscle Motors Speedway has an arcade area at an additional cost.  Parking adjacent to the speedway, full two acres lit for night racing.  This is definitely not a go kart set up on a parking lot with flat tires on the perimeter.  So, stop in and feel the thrills and enjoy the sights while the family makes memories they’ll take home with them forever.

$70.20 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Historic Downtown Albany Walking Food Tour

Your tour guide will greet you at Albany Heritage Area Vistiors' Center, 25 Quackenbush Square, located at the corner of Broadway and Clinton Ave, Albany NY. We meet at 11:15 and our first taste will be at 11:35. Our tour highlights 6 tastes from different local restaurants, some history of Albany, architectural accents and culture. Our tour lasts 3 hours and we walk about 1.5 miles, one slight climb up State St. with plenty of rests during our tastes. This progressive meal is an entertaining and delicious way to experience Albany, New York's Capital City for 320+ years, and its current culinary and craft brewing boom. You'll sip and sample from restaurants that are spicing up Albany's food scene. Discover stunning architecture and cultural tidbits that will help you develop a fresh perspective on New York's capital city. This is a great way to kick off your weekend in the Capital District. Bring your appetite and your friends and family to celebrate this great legacy city and let your culinary adventure begin!

$20 Outdoor Activities

Holly Jolly Hunt - Albany, NY

This outdoor activity takes place in the downtown or urban area of your city. Using a smartphone, you will download an app to help you play the game. You will also be texting with a remote survival guide while you play the game. You'll be given a list of holiday themed items on the app. You will need to walk around the area and find these items around the city and take a photo through the app to get points. Your team will also be given holiday themed challenges or trivia questions to complete as well. You will be rewarded for completing the challenges and trivia questions with points. You'll be able to see your score on the leaderboard compared to others to see how you compare!