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. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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...Read More

  • 11. Henry Hudson Planetarium

    Observatory/Planetarium

    Within the visitor center is the which presents various shows and lectures. The star-sighting program, an interactive show, is held the second...Read More

  • 12. 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...Read More

  • 13. New York State Executive Mansion

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Wraparound porches, a balconied gable, and turrets provide evidence of the 1856 building's progression of architectural phases, from Italianate...Read More

  • 14. New York State Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The museum explores the state's history, geography, nature, and art; exhibits include a re-created Iroquois village, a display about New York...Read More

  • 15. Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Philip Schuyler, a Revolutionary War general, was the original owner of this 1763 Georgian mansion. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin...Read More

  • 16. Shaker Heritage Society and Meeting House

    Historic District/Site

    Through exhibits and tours, the preservation group details the history of the Shaker movement. The site was home to the first Shaker settlement...Read More

  • 17. State University of New York at Albany

    Educational Institution

    About 18,000 students are enrolled at this state university, established in 1844. The quaint downtown campus, built in 1909, was modeled after...Read More

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    Educational Institution

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  • 19. Ten Broeck Mansion

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Family portraits and period furnishings fill this 1798 Greek Revival home built for General Abraham Ten Broeck, a former Albany mayor. The tour...Read More

  • 20. University Art Museum

    Educational Institution

    The free has three galleries with frequently rotating contemporary-art exhibits. The museum's permanent collection includes works by Richard...Read More

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