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Amtrak Stop: Albany-Rensselaer Station (ALB)

Plan your next trip by train and experience the excitement of our New York State Capital in Albany. 

 

Visit Albany to discover the cultural and recreational attractions that built up in and around New York's capital city. Across the Hudson River, Rensselaer County shares the same ties to history in a more rural setting.

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WHAT'S NEW

For the City of Troy Bicentennial, several events will celebrate the "Collar City," nicknamed for its historic shirt collar factories. Among these, the Rensselaer County Historical Society presents an exhibit,Visions of Troy: 200 Years a City, in the Joseph B. Carr Building downtown. More information: rchsonline.org
From ALB Station: 8.9 miles car

 

 
Druthers Brewing Co. has opened its second location, this time in a 1901 Albany warehouse building. This 18,000 square foot, 30 barrel brewery and brewpub produces more than ten different hand-crafted beers on premise. More information: druthersbrewing.com
From ALB Station: 3.1 miles car; 21 minute bus

 

Dutch Apple Cruises provide narrated tours on the Hudson River and through the Troy lock. The 2016 tour season begins April 30 and will feature special cruises on Mother's day and the Fourth of July. More information: dutchapplecruises.com
From ALB Station: 1.9 miles car; 19 minute bus

 

The Albany Symphony is a Grammy Award-winning, full size professional orchestra that performs in Albany and Troy. The 2016-17 season will feature world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, a weekend of Mozart and Bach, the popular American Music Festival, and more. More information: albanysymphony.com
From ALB Station: 2.2 miles car; 11 minute bus

 

The Capital Repertory Theatre is an award-winning professional theater in the heart of downtown Albany. Its 36th season will include: A Night with Janis Joplin, Outside Mullingar, Camelot, Reluctant Wingman, an Iliad, and Beautiful—The Carole King Musical. More information: capitalrep.org
From ALB Station: 1.8 miles car; 10 minute bus

 

WHAT'S NEARBY

The New York State Capitol, built by hand of solid masonry, has been the state's government seat since the 1890s. It houses the New York State Legislature, the Hall of Governors and state history exhibits. Tours are offered Monday through Friday, and now on the second Saturday of each month. More information: ogs.ny.gov
From ALB Station: 2.2 miles car; 27 minute bus 

Crailo State Historic Site tells the story of Colonial Dutch life in the Hudson Valley through guided museum tours and programs. The exhibit A Dishonorable Trade tells the story of the Dutch slave trade in Albany. Tours begin May 11. More information: facebook.com/CrailoStateHistoricSite

From ALB Station:0.9 miles car; 16 minute walk; 16 minute bus

 

The Empire State Plaza Ice Rink gives you the chance to skate in front of the Capitol from December through early March. Admission is free; just rent skates or bring your own. More information: winter.empirestateplaza.org

From ALB Station: 2.1 miles car; 22 minute bus

 

The USS Slater, the only remaining WWII American destroyer escort afloat, is now a floating museum moored in Albany. Tours offered from April to November describe the ship’s role in protecting convoys in the North Atlantic and Pacific.  More information: ussslater.org 

From ALB Station: 1.9 miles car; 24 minute bus

Built in 1931, the Palace Performing Arts Center is Albany’s sole surviving theater built during the Depression. Today the restored landmark presents live music and theater, classic movies, ballet, and other cultural programs.  More information: palacealbany.com

From ALB Station: 2.4 miles car; 15 minute bus

 

WHAT'S NOT TO MISS

This summer, the Tri City Valley Cats celebrate their 15th anniversary at the minor league Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, beginning with a June 17 season opener. The ValleyCats will host 38 regular season home games as they defend a streak of four straight Stedler Division titles. More information: tcvalleycats.com

From ALB Station: 7.2 miles car
 

At the New York State Museum, science, anthropology, education and art exhibits tell the story of the state’s cultural and natural history. Popular displays include the World Trade Center exhibit, Birds of New York, the Cohoes mastodon, and the operational 1912 Herschell-Spillman carousel.  More informatin: nysm.nysed.gov

From ALB Station: 2.4 miles car; 15 minute bus

 

For 17 years, the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market has taken place every Saturday, year round – in the Troy Atrium during the winter, and on River Street May through October. More than 70 local food growers, bakers, chefs and artisans offer fresh goods. More information: troymarket.org

From ALB Station: 8.9 miles car

The Albany Institute of History and Art, established in 1791, is one of the oldest museums in the U.S. Among its collections of Hudson Valley art and artifacts from the 17th century to present day are two current exhibits: “Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting” and “Abraham Lincoln: The Albany Connections.” More information: albanyinstitute.org

From ALB Station: 2.2 miles car; 28 minute bus

 

A National Historic Landmark, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents orchestra, jazz, comedy shows and more. Formerly a bank building, it has excellent acoustics, a hand-crank chandelier, and an 1882 organ. More information: troymusichall.org

From ALB Station: 9.1 miles car

 

 

Albany, as visitors quickly discover, is more than  just New York's historic Capital City. It is part of a county-stretching north, west and south-encompassing quaint towns, river cities, rolling hills and a dramatic escarpment. Considering how much there is to discover, savvy travelers will want to begin a tour of Albany at the city's Heritage Area Visitors Center in Quackenbush Square. The center offers exhibits detailing the city's history, a spectacular orientation show and suggested walking or driving tours with maps to guide the way. It's also the starting point for the famous Aquaducks Tours.

Though definitely a big city, it isn't a sprawling one, so it's possible to get a good feel for Albany in a single weekend. But you'll need a return trip to fully enjoy its breadth of attractions.

 

Attractions

The New York State Capitol
2.2 miles, 5 min. drive, 25 min. by bus
Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 25 years. After a decade of major renovations-including adding portraits and museum-quality exhibits-it is a venue not to be missed. To arrange a tour, visit Ogs.ny.gov.
 

Empire State Plaza 
1.9 miles, 5 min. drive, 18 min. by bus
The Empire State Plaza is Albany's most recognizable landscape and- with a world-class art collection, a fascinating museum, and a quirky performing arts center (the Egg)-its most popular destination. A one-hour tour starting out from the Plaza Visitor Center will help you get an idea of just how many attractions are crammed into the Plaza's 98-acres. The Plaza is also quite close to downtown and the Hudson riverfront, making it easy to visit them all in a single outing. Ogs.ny.gov
 
 
The Egg, the Empire State's Center for the Performing Arts, is the one-of-a-kind centerpiece of Empire State Plaza, a striking spherical structure housing the 982-seat Kitty Carlise Hart Theatre, the 450-seat Lewis A. Swyer Theatre and a luxurious wrap-around lounge. Each season it hosts dynamic artists in comedy, dance, music, theatre and family entertainment who take full advantage of the great acoustics and surroundings. Theegg.org
 
New York State Museum 
An exhibit of newly acquired works by eighteen artists from Native American Nations in New York State is scheduled for fall 2014. Ongoing exhibits include the Cohoes Mastodon, Fire Engine Hall, and a stunning turn-of-the-20th-century Carousel, among many others. The museum is located at the south end of the Plaza. nysm.nysed.gov
 

Washington Park
0.9 miles, 3 min. drive, 15 min. walk 
This 80+-acre oasis of greenery in the midst of the big city is also home to some of Albany's most significant festivals, concerts, and civic events. You can enjoy the Tulip Festival in May, free outdoor theatre at the Park Playhouse in summer and the brilliance of Capital Holiday Lights throughout December, when Santa is often in attendance at the Lakehouse. Albanyevents.org
 
Dutch Apple Cruises 
1.9 miles, 5 min. drive, 19 min. by bus 
Learn about local history as you see the sights along the Hudson River on a 90-minute downriver cruise or a 2-1/2 hours journey north to the Troy Lock, and back. Dutch Apple also caters to landlubbers who'd rather learn about Albany's craft beers than sail. Dutchapplecruises.com
 

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Arts & Culture

Capital Repertory Theatre
1.8 miles, 5 min. drive
The Theatre is the region's preeminent professional theatre, producing award-winning plays that feature renowned directors, designers and actors. You can expect the season to run the gamut from light-hearted to highly dramatic, with great production values throughout. Capitalrep.org
 

The Albany Institute of History and Art
2.2 miles, 5 min. drive
The Institute was founded in 1791 during the presidency of George Washington, making it older than the Louvre. Famous for its collection of Hudson River School paintings, it also displays sculpture and glasswork along with history exhibits that demonstrate how early traders and Colonial Albany helped shape the American identity. 
 

Food and Entertainment

Jack's Oyster House 
1.7 miles, 4 min. drive, 13 min. by bus 
In honor of its 100th year catering to the tastes of locals, legislators and visitors, the city of Albany has renamed this small stretch of State Street-a short walk from Empire State Plaza and the Capitol-Jack's Oyster House Way. Jacksoysterhouse.com
 
Lark Street 
2.5 miles, 6 min. drive, 28 min. by bus 
After the grandeur of the Empire State Plaza, this unique neighborhood of cobblestone streets, cafés and a variety of artsy venues -a sort of SOHOnorth-makes a pleasant change. Special events are held throughout the year, including the Capital Region's largest street festival (Sept. 20, 2014). You'll come to Lark Street two blocks from the Plaza or one block off Washington Park. Larkstreet.org
 

 

Colonial

Crailo State Historic Site
0.8 miles, 3 min. drive, 15 min. walk
The Crailo Historic site in Rensselaer is an early 18th-century brick manor house built by Hendrick Van Rensselaer that showcases the history of Colonial New Netherlands in the upper Hudson Valley. Learn about the early Dutch inhabitants through exhibits highlighting archeological finds from the Albany Fort Orange excavations, special programs and guided tours of the museum. Nysparks.com
 

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Historic Cherry Hill
2.2 miles, 5 min. drive
The stately Georgian Colonial house in Albany has been the home of five generations of the powerful Van Rensselaer and Rankin families. Their possessions are on display as part of the guided tour that recounts the dramatic story of the family's 176-year occupancy. Historiccherryhill.org

 

History

The Schuyler Mansion
2.0 miles, 5 min. drive, 20-25 min. by bus
The Mansion was home to Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler from 1763 until 1804. This Georgian mansion, set on a bluff in Albany overlooking the Hudson River, was the site of military strategizing, political hobnobbing, elegant social affairs and an active family life. Enjoy a tour led by costumed volunteers and learn about Schuyler's role in the war. Nysparks.com
 
1864-1965 Culminating Colors - A Civil War Tour at the New York State Capitol
2.2 miles, 5 min. drive, 25 min. by bus
This special tour highlights Civil War connections with the Capitol and explores an 1864 through 1865-themed exhibit of eight historic flags from the New York State Battle Flag Collection, administered by the New York State Military Museum. Every first Thursday of the month, June 2014 - May 2015 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Meet in the State Street Lobby of the Capitol. Ogs.ny.gov
 
USS Slater 
1.9 miles, 5 min. drive, 19 min. by bus 
Regularly listed among Albany's top attractions, this floating museum is the only World War IIvintage destroyer escort still afloat. Allow 90-minutes to tour and explore the nooks and crannies. Berthed at Broadway and Quay Streets, it is open April to November. Ussslater.org
 
 

Transportation Resources

The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) connects you with what's happening in the Capital Region. CDTA owns and operates the Rensselaer Rail and Saratoga Springs train stations and offers regular bus service to conveniently carry you on to just about anywhere you want to go. 
 
Visit cdta.org for schedules and information on the money-saving 3-day pass. In the website‘s "Rider's Guide," you can click on a point of interest and find the CDTA routes that will take you there. And all CDTA buses have a bike rack, so you can get to your favorite recreation area with energy to burn.
 
 

Upcoming Events

 
Capital Repertory Theatre Ongoing
The 2015-16 season includes 4000 Miles, Sleepy Hollow and A Christmas Story: The Musical.