About Albany, New York
New York's historic capital city, Albany is moving toward the future but remains firmly rooted in its history. Explore Albany and then come and experience it for yourself - the history, heritage and hospitality that has been attracting visitors to Albany for hundreds of years.
If you are planning a meeting, vacation or conducting business, you're joining good company. For almost three centuries, Albany has been the host to meetings that shaped the United States and will continue to mold its future.
Tour three centuries of history, from the newly renovated Million Dollar Staircase in the Capitol to the awesome "Egg" at the Empire State Plaza. Be a participant in the region's tradition of cultural festivals, concerts and special events. Visit our museums, theatres and restaurants, and you'll know why you are experiencing Albany, looks like history, feels like a vacation.
Albany's business districts and neighborhoods abound with exciting cultural heritage. Albany's countryside is home to many diverse examples of historic house sites and public spaces including the Pruyn House and the first Shaker Meeting House.
Henry Hudson discovered Albany while looking for a shorter route to the orient in 1609. Soon after, Netherland merchants settled here to bring furs from the north and ship them home. The area grew in size as it became the entry to the northeast passage. Later, Albany's industrial history was begun out of its location as the point where the navigable Hudson River ended and the Erie Canal began. Each passing traveler left something behind that can be enjoyed by those who visit the area today.
Begin your journey to Albany's past at the Visitors Center in historic Quackenbush Square. See the exhibits of Albany's rich heritage, relax and take a visual trip back through time by watching the center's orientation show Albany: A Cultural Crossroads. Guided tours by trolley, on foot and even by horse drawn-carriages take youinto Albany's neighborhoods, attractions and historic sites. Also visit the Quackenbush House, by the Visitors Center. Built in 1736, it is the oldest remaining European building in the city and today serves as a restaurant.
The history of Albany has retained in much of its 19th and early 20th century architecture. An example is the State Capitol sitting on one of the seven hills that makes up the city's landscape. Begun in 1867, construction continued until 1897 when Governor Black declared the building finished, ending one of the longest running public works projects in the state's history. The Capitol, with its staircases, legislative chambers and impressive exterior, is the historic centerpiece of New York State.
Some of the things to visit albany for are: Aqua Ducks, Upper Hudson River Railroad, Splashwater Kingdon, The annual tulip festival, Howe caverns, Ommegang brewery, Scottish games, historic cherry hill, firefighting museum, the Iroquois museum, the Shaker heritage museum, and the USS Slater. Have a great time visiting Albany, and enjoy your stay at one of the great hotels.