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City Guide: Albany

Traverse the rich history of New York's capital city

The Capital of New York State is known for its exceptional architecture, rich history, eclectic cuisine, and arts scene, and there’s no lack of things to do, see, eat and drink. Once you’ve visited all of the signature sites like the New York State Capitol, USS Slater, and Palace Theatre, blend in with the locals and see for yourself why the affectionally known "smallbany" is neighborly and easy to explore. 

Exciting events fill the calendar year-round in Albany, including: Tulip Festival, Alive at Five, 4th of July, and PearlPalooza.

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  • Albany has been a filming location for: Disney/Marvel's The Punisher, Mother's Milk starring Hilary Swank, HBO's Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight, HBO's Succession, Gilded Age Season 2, Showtime Billions, Columbia Pictures SALT, and The Other Guys.

  • The skyline includes a 28-foot-tall canine statue, Nipper, perched atop a warehouse on Broadway. 20 artist-decorated replicas adorn downtown sidewalks each summer.

  • Albany is home to the first Pride Center in the nation. The Huffington Post listed Albany as the 7th most LGBTQ-friendly city in the US.

  • Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, was born and raised in Albany. Visit the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site.

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getting there

By Train

Take Amtrak to the Albany-Rensselaer station. It is a five-minute ride from downtown Albany.

By Plane

Albany International Airport is seven miles northwest of Albany. Lyft and Uber provide transport to and from the airport.

By Car

By car, Albany is just over 2 hours from Lake Placid, 2.5 hours from Boston and New York City, 3.5 hours from Montreal, and 4.5 hours from Buffalo.

By Bus

Take Greyhound to Albany Bus Terminal, located at 34 Hamilton St. Albany, NY 12207.

Getting Around

By Bus

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) is the regional mobility provider, offering over 50 easy to ride public bus routes throughout the region, including 29 routes connecting to downtown Albany.

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Check out Discover Albany for more information.