Albany and Central New York

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  • 1. 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...Read More

  • 2. Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

    Museum/Gallery

    The institute is made up of a museum, an art school, and a performing-arts center. Its Museum of Art occupies two distinctly different buildings...Read More

  • 3. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The ball that Babe Ruth hit for his 500th home run and Shoeless Joe Jackson's shoes are among the memorabilia that help to make this shrine...Read More

  • 4. New York State Capitol

    Government Building

    It took more than 30 years to complete this grand building (1867–99), which incorporates elaborate carvings, interesting architectural elements...Read More

  • 5. Ace of Diamonds Mine

    Mine

    Bring your own sledgehammers and pry bars or rent them from the gift shop, stake a "claim," and begin your search for quarry. No matter where...Read More

  • 6. Adirondack Scenic Railroad

    Tour–Sight

    From Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day, a 1950s-era locomotive chugs and whistles from Utica's historic Union Station on day trips into...Read More

  • 7. 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 streets...Read More

  • 8. 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 include...Read More

  • 9. 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 paintings...Read More

  • 10. Arkell Museum at Canajoharie

    Museum/Gallery

    The collection of paintings, largely by American artists, includes works by such well-known painters as Winslow Homer, Gilbert Stuart, Edward...Read More

  • 11. Arts Center of the Capital Region

    Museum/Gallery

    Two gallery spaces display contemporary and folk pieces by local and regional artists. One- and two-day classes are offered in art, photography...Read More

  • 12. 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 a high...Read More

  • 13. Caverns Creek Grist Mill

    Industrial Site/Mill/Factory

    At this restored 1816 mill you can take a self-guided tour and watch the 12-foot-round waterwheel power the 1,400-pound millstone. ...Read More

  • 14. Children's Museum for Science and Technology

    Museum/Gallery

    Kids can learn about Mohican life or bees and pollination through the interactive exhibits here, which cover science, history, and art. ...Read More

  • 15. Children's Museum of Saratoga

    Museum/Gallery

    At this museum with hands-on exhibits geared for kids three to ninash in a model diner. ...Read More

  • 16. City Hall

    Government Building

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

  • 17. Congress Park

    Park/Playground

    Italian gardens, ponds, fountains, and statuary punctuate wide lawns at this park in the heart of the city. Fifty cents buys you a ride on a...Read More

  • 18. 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 for biking...Read More

  • 19. 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 York...Read More

  • 20. Cottage Lawn

    Museum/Gallery

    The 1849 Gothic Revival cottage, headquarters of the Madison County Historical Society, was designed by noted architect Alexander Jackson Davis...Read More

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