Travel Guide

Albany, New York 

The City


Albany comprises of several distinct neighborhoods, each with its own geography, history, architecture, and demographics. The heart of the city is Downtown Albany, centered on State Street (facing the waterfront) and Albany’s oldest neighborhood. Neighborhoods north and south of Downtown Albany are homes to the city’s lower income residents and comprises of mainly row houses. Neighborhoods in the west are generally middle income with a suburban character and as you travel further west, the neighborhoods become more affluent.

State Street, Albany (New York State)

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Downtown Albany
Downtown Albany occupies nearly 20 blocks and comprises a mix of tall commercial buildings and low rises occupied by government agencies, banks, law firms, and businesses. The downtown area is a designated historic area of the city and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of the buildings here were constructed from the 1880s to 1930s, with some of the city’s earliest skyscrapers constructed in the downtown area. Major hotels include the three-star Hampton Inn, Hilton Albany, 74 State Hotel, and two-star Holiday Inn Express. 

Downtown Albany, New York State

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Major Streets
State Street and Broadway are two of Albany’s oldest streets, with State Street being the city’s original “main street”. Major landmarks along State Street include the Empire State Plaza and New York State Capitol. Broadway runs parallel along the waterfront and the location of Quackenbush House, constructed in 1736 and one of the oldest buildings in Albany. Pearl Street is the city’s entertainment area where the Palace Theatre and Times Union Center are located as well as several bars and nightclubs. Along Washington Avenue are many of the city’s important buildings including the University at Albany, One Commerce Plaza, and the New York State Education Building.

There are more than 60 public parks in Albany, providing a retreat as well as recreational activities for the city’s residents. Lincoln Park is an urban park featuring a large non-wading pool that can hold up to 300 swimmers. Another urban park is Washington Park, popular with the city's residents and home of the Tulip Festival held each May. Beyond the urban parks, there are also the nature preserves to enjoy. One is Albany Pine Bush Preserve, an inland pine barren that also features grasslands, forests, ravines, and wetlands. Other nature preserves include Tivoli Lake Nature Preserve and Thacher State Park.

Lincoln Park, Albany (New York State)

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