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Explore the State Capital with a Bus Rental in Albany!

A bus rental in Albany New York can help you discover the capital city!

Albany, New York

Some people think that New York City is the capital of New York State. It is not. It is Albany! Home to close to 98,000 people, Albany also has a lot of attractions for the city's visitors. So why not get on a Bus Rental in Albany and explore the capital city?

A bus rental in Albany, New York: The best way to travel!

Get on a bus rental in Albany and find out what attractions the capital city has to offer. There are simply a lot! Be sure to visit the following places:

Entertainment & Amusement Parks

Check out Fastrax Raceway where you can have fun for the whole family. They have electric racing karts that can go up to 50 miles per hour!

Arts & Culture

Albany has a lot of great arts and culture venues.

Visual arts. Check out the Albany Center gallery where you could find contemporary art works created by artists from the Mohawk Hudson area, while the Albany Institute of History and Art has exhibits on art, culture and history that touches on Albany and the surrounding region. The institute was opened in 1791, making it one of the oldest in the United States!

If you are looking for fine art pieces, check out the Sorelle Gallery. Another gallery you can go to is the Broadway Art Center.

If museums bore you, head out to Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, where you could find art exhibits, among other events. The Empire State Plaza also has its own museum.

Architecture. Check out the architecture in the city. There are a lot of styles that you could see from Albany's many buildings. But if you are pressed for time, visit the New York State Capitol building, which was opened at the turn of the 20th century. The building borrows extensively from the Hotel de Ville in France. It has a variety of designs from Gothic Revival to Moorish touches and Romanesque influences. See the massive staircases inside the building, the huge fireplaces, and the Senate Chamber. You should also check out the Egg, which has two theatres that host special events and music concerts.

Albany, Performing Arts

Performing arts. The Palace Performing Arts Center on Clinton Ave. is the premier performing arts venue in Albany. Opened in the early 1930s, the theatre still offers you a choice of popular events and cultural productions. Meanwhile, the Times Union Center often has concerts, family-friendly shows, sporting events and trade shows.

Events. Every year, Albany's LGBT community puts up Capital Pride. Capital Pride lasts for two weeks and features panel discussions, live entertainment, a 5k race and of course the Pride Parade. Albany also holds the Tulip Festival every year, where you can find more than 140 varieties of tulips, or enjoy the art exhibits, live entertainment and generally learn more about the city's Dutch heritage. So go to Washington Park and join in the fun!

Museums. Check out the New York State Museum on Madison Ave. Known as the biggest state museum in the country, they have some awesome exhibits that you should see. Or check out the Irish American Heritage Museum, where you could learn more about the contributions and culture of the Irish to the city's culture and development.

Restaurants & Shopping

Shopping options abound in Albany, like Crossgates Mall (Albany, NY 12203), which is known as the biggest mall in the region. With 18 cinemas, great restaurants and a fine selection of stores, you can never go wrong here. There is also Crossgates Commons, a smaller shopping center where you could find the biggest Walmart in the country.

Colonie Center (Albany, NY 12205) is the first enclosed mall in the capital region, with some of the top stores inside.

If you prefer the local businesses, there are unique stores and boutiques on Lark Street, which is Albany's version of Greenwich Village. You can buy unique items from the stores here, from antiques to vintage jewelry, to clothing, books, wine and even contemporary art.

If you get hungry, try some of the best dining places in the capital city:

  • Aashiana Restaurant
  • Anton's
  • Cheesecake Machismo
  • Hill Street Cafe (Albany, NY 12202)
  • Hong Kong Bakery & Bistro
  • Lil Buddha Tea Company & Vegan Cafe (Albany, NY 12210)
  • New World Bistro Bar (Albany, NY 12209)
  • Taiwan Noodle (Albany, NY 12206)
  • The Hollow Bar + Kitchen
  • The Olde English (Albany, NY 12207)
  • The Orchard Tavern & Restaurant
  • Wine Bar and Bistro

Golf Courses & Sports Venues

If you are raring for a round of golf, then go to:

  • Capital Hills at Albany
  • Colonie Town Golf Course
  • Wolferts Roost Country Club

Aside from these golf courses, you could visit the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, where you can have fun at the activity pool, spa or lap pool. There are other facilities here that you could enjoy! And then there's the Albany Jewish Community Center (Albany, NY 12208) where you can get free fitness activities and dip in the pool.

Historical Sites & Landmarks

Albany, Historical Sites & Landmarks

There are many historic places and landmarks that you can see in Albany. There is a total of 58 sites on the National Register, these are just some of them:

  • Military and government buildings. Because the city is the state's capital, 16 buildings have served a government or military purpose, including the governor's mansion in Mansion Historic District, the New York State Court of Appeals Building and the New York State Capitol. Meanwhile, military purpose sites include Washington Avenue (Tenth Battalion) Armory, New Scotland Avenue (Troop B) Armory, Fort Orange Archeological Site and the USS Slater.
  • Arts, Education, and Sciences. Includes the Harmanus Bleecker Library, Albany Academy Building, New York State Department of Education Building, the Albany Institute of History & Art, the Palace Theatre, and James Hall Office Building.
  • Religious and institutional. There are some churches that are also historic sites. These include: First Reformed Church, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Mary's Church, Church of the Holy Innocents, Cathedral of All Saints, and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
  • Homes. Most of these historic homes have been converted in commercial or office spaces, but they are still worth a visit. Three mansions, the Schuyler, Cherry Hill and Ten Broeck, are now historic museums.

Other worthwhile historic places you should go to include:

  • Albany Felt Company Complex
  • Albany Union Station
  • Delaware and Hudson Railroad Company Building
  • First Trust Company Building
  • Hook and Ladder No. 4
  • Lil's Diner
  • Mendelson and Son Company Building
  • Nut Grove
  • Pastures Historic District
  • Quackenbush House
  • Rapp Road Community Historic District
  • Stephen and Harriet Myers House
  • United Traction Company Building

Be sure to get on a bus rental in Albany and get to see all these historic places in one go.

Parks & Outdoor Activities

Albany, Parks & Outdoor Activities

One of the most amazing places you can find in Albany is the Pine bush Preserve Commission, which is one of the few inland pine barren ecosystems in the entire globe. Your kids will love the hands on and interactive activities here, including touching snake skins, making a sand dune and others.

Aside from that, there are several beautiful parks in Albany where you can hike, swim, bike or camp:

  • Academy Park
  • Jennings Landing
  • Corning Park
  • East Capitol Park
  • Lincoln Park
  • Maiden Lane Park
  • Ten Eyck Courtyard
  • Tricentennial Park
  • Wallenburg Park
  • Washington Park
  • West Capitol Park

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