Albany and Central New York Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Albany and Central New York - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Albany Aqua Ducks

  • Tour–Sight

From April through October, you can tour the city in a land-and-water vehicle. The 75-minute tour starts on dry ground, cruising the...

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center

  • Information Center

The center's museum gallery is a good place for an orientation. Displays trace the city's history and define its neighborhoods; some...

Albany Institute of History and Art

  • Museum/Gallery

The 1791 museum, the state's oldest, has annual rotating exhibits and an impressive permanent collection that includes Hudson River School...

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The country's oldest neo-Gothic cathedral, finished in 1852, has an imposing redbrick exterior with tall twin spires. Inside you find...

City Hall

  • Government Building

American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, who also developed the state's capitol, designed this 1881 Romanesque revival–style structure.

Corning Preserve

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

The Hudson River Way Pedestrian Bridge leads to this expansive green space along the Hudson River. A 5.3-mi trail, which can be used...

Corning Tower

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

An elevator whisks you up 589 feet to the 42nd-floor observation deck of this building, the tallest structure in the state outside New...

Five Rivers Environmental Center

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Outdoor education programs, ¼- to 2-mi hiking and skiing trails, a wildlife garden, and an exhibit center with animals are at this 400-acre...

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

The ¼-mi-long, 98-acre concourse includes modern art and sculpture, the New York State Museum, the State Library, the elliptical performing...

Historic Cherry Hill

  • House/Mansion/Villa

The 1787 Georgian house was the home of Philip Van Rensselaer, one of the region's original Dutch settlers. Guided tours focus on Catherine...

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