Over the past four centuries, Albany has grown from a small Dutch settlement into New York State's Capital City.
Albany has a history of discovery, invention, and innovation dating back to the early 1600s. The first passenger railroad? Invented right in Albany. Electromagnets. Albany. Celluloid. Albany again. Not to mention, Christmas cards, toilet paper, and the Bakers’ Dozen. Trace the development of these groundbreaking inventions, and uncover Albany’s unique American story.
We are a city of historians and storytellers, and we love to share our city's story with visitors.
Residents and visitors alike enjoy four unique seasons of entertaining events and festivals, historic masterpieces, one-of-a-kind cultural attractions, regional shopping centers, and farm fresh food.
During the spring, visitors flock to Albany’s annual Tulip Festival. Over Mother’s Day weekend, 150,000 tulips blossom into a sea of color. Unique events celebrating Albany's rich, Dutch heritage combine with multiple stages of acclaimed live music, craft vendors, a fine arts show, children's activities, & great food to make the Tulip Festival a free, one-of-kind event for the whole family.
During the summer, visitors can enjoy the view from John Boyd Thacher State Park which offers panoramas of the Green Mountains, Adirondacks, and Catskills. Or, they can hike the Albany Pine Bush, one of the few remaining inland pine barrens in the world, and home of the endangered Karner Blue butterfly. And Albany is a mecca for music lovers; each summer, Jennings Landing hosts a series of outdoor concerts, including Alive at Five, Dad Fest, and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. Unwind at Albany’s premiere music amphitheater overlooking the Hudson River, and enjoy national music acts and crowd favorites.
In the late summer and early fall, visitors can enjoy the bounty of Albany County’s farms. Surrounded by thriving agricultural land, Albany is at the center of the farm-to-table revolution. Visit vineyards, apple orchards, hops farms, and artisan cheesemakers. Participate in family fun on the farm, including corn mazes, hayrides, and live animals. Or, learn how these farmers bring their crops to market by visiting our local farmers’ markets, restaurants, and craft beverage producers.
Cider and whiskey, two beverages with roots in Albany’s history as a Dutch settlement, are now being made in Albany once more. Nine Pin Cider Works and Albany Distilling Company take up residence alongside two locally owned breweries, Druthers Brewing Company, and C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station, creating the Albany Craft Beverage Trail, a scenic and delicious meander through Albany’s drinking history.
In October, Albany shows its spooky side with haunted tours of the New York State Capitol, haunted pub crawls, and “Murder at Cherry Hill,” the reenactment of the real-life murder at Historic Cherry Hill that rocked the country.
In the winter, snowshoe through Thacher Park or ice-skate at the Empire State Plaza. Or celebrate the holiday season with Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, or the New York State Tree Lighting ceremony.
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