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Things to do in Albany

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Shopping Mall
“Name the store...its HERE...Along with a great multiplex and workout facility.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Museum
“Always changing highlighted interesting things to see, some hands on activities ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“ Whole Foods, LL Bean, Barns and Noble, Christmas Tree Shops just to name a few.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Local Government Office
“Hop a bus downtown or ask me if I can take you on a personal tour. Albany NY has some of the most beautiful architecture in the country. The Capital building is open to visitors during the week so if you want to see the interior a weekday trip is best. If you're interested in seeing all of Downtown, I can usually take you for a driving tour on the weekend. I prefer to give the driving tours when downtown is quiet and it is easy to stop for a picture or to just take a better look. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“It’s part of the amazing downtown Albany cultural offerings near the convention center and museum. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“Stunning views from a beautiful and well tended city park designed in the Olmstead style of City Parks.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Cheaper and closer than Regal Cinemas, playing the perfect range of limited and wide release films. Located next to food, coffee, and ice cream.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Known for its beautiful architecture and big-name talent, the Palace regularly welcomes touring musicians and groups in its historic space.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“If you want to learn more about Albany, its people, its history, its art, include a visit to the Institute in your plans.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Top Chef Ric Orlando's bistro is one of the coolest spots in town! Farm-fresh eats & regional beers fill out a global menu, with a mahogany bar from '39 World's Fair. Highlights Great cocktailsGreat coffeeGreat dessertGreat tea selectionOutdoor seating Popular for LunchDinnerSolo dining Accessibility Wheelchair accessible entranceWheelchair accessible parking lotWheelchair accessible restroomWheelchair accessible seating Offerings AlcoholCocktailsCoffeeComfort foodHappy hour drinksHappy hour foodHealthy optionsLate-night foodOrganic dishesSmall platesVegetarian options Dining options LunchDinnerCateringDessertSeatingTable serviceTakeout Amenities: Bar onsite Good for kids High chairs Restroom Atmosphere: Casual Cozy Romantic Upscale Crowd Family-friendly GroupsTourists Planning: Lunch reservations recommended Dinner reservations recommended Accepts reservations Usually a wait Transgender safespace LGBTQ friendly ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to jog, bike or walk. Enjoy the pond of ducks and playground for the kiddos. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Home to world-class performing arts and events, the Times Union is an entertainment staple for the Capital Region.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“Decent food, served fast but made fresh. Affordable counter service available downstairs.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cafe
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“There might be a bit of a wait, but it's worth it! They're known for their breakfast and brunch.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“You can also get breakfast here - from 11-3 - on weekends along with the hair of the dog that bit you.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Soccer bar and German beer garden in downtown Albany. This place is awesome!”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Top Chef Ric Orlando's bistro is one of the coolest spots in town! Farm-fresh eats & regional beers fill out a global menu, with a mahogany bar from '39 World's Fair. Highlights Great cocktailsGreat coffeeGreat dessertGreat tea selectionOutdoor seating Popular for LunchDinnerSolo dining Accessibility Wheelchair accessible entranceWheelchair accessible parking lotWheelchair accessible restroomWheelchair accessible seating Offerings AlcoholCocktailsCoffeeComfort foodHappy hour drinksHappy hour foodHealthy optionsLate-night foodOrganic dishesSmall platesVegetarian options Dining options LunchDinnerCateringDessertSeatingTable serviceTakeout Amenities: Bar onsite Good for kids High chairs Restroom Atmosphere: Casual Cozy Romantic Upscale Crowd Family-friendly GroupsTourists Planning: Lunch reservations recommended Dinner reservations recommended Accepts reservations Usually a wait Transgender safespace LGBTQ friendly ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
“Decent food, served fast but made fresh. Affordable counter service available downstairs.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cafe
“There might be a bit of a wait, but it's worth it! They're known for their breakfast and brunch.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Great happy hour 2.00 drafts Outside patio with fireplace and heaters big TV ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Known best for its brunch, Iron Gate is a conveniently-located eatery with delicious options for all. Its lovely patios and décor are just an added bonus at this spot—it's certain to please. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Fresh Ingredients, Tapas, good wine list, cocktails, able to handle large groups, dark, large place. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We own this restaurant! 😏 Franco is head chef where he makes homemade pasta, cured meats & other Italian delicacies! 🇮🇹🍝”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
“We love their selection of English beers and the food is just the comfort food you need when you dream of mashy pees! Their back patio is beautiful in the warmer seasons but the fireplace inside is nice to hang by in the winter. Fun fact, this is located in one of the oldest buildings in Albany!”
  • 6 locals recommend

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