Albany, New York
What was once a small, Dutch settlement has now grown into the bustling, metropolitan and ever-growing city of Albany. There is plenty to do in the capital city of the US state of New York, including outdoor recreation activities, learning about and exploring the region’s past, shopping and sightseeing.
While Albany is now known as New York’s burgeoning Tech Valley, it is still home to an array of historical and cultural sites, including the first Shaker Meeting House and the Pruyn House. Visitors wanting to experience this vibrant mix of past and present can join an adventure offered by American Cruise Lines.
Cruise ships typically dock at Steamboat Square. After disembarking, passengers can visit USS Slater, a historical destroyer escort which is also docked at the terminal.
Facilities near Steamboat Square include:
How to Get Around
Some of Albany’s attractions are accessible by foot. Those looking to travel a little further can catch a taxi or bus.
Travel times from Steamboat Square
It is a 19 minute journey to New York State Museum
It is a 23 minute journey to New York State Capitol
It is a 21 minute journey to Albany City Hall
It is a 24 minute journey to Albany Country Historical Association
It is a 22 minute journey to the Albany Distilling Company.
It is a 4 minute journey to New York State Museum
It is a 4 minute journey to New York State Capitol
It is a 14 minute journey to the Albany Pine Bush Preserve
It is a 17 minute journey to the Shaker Heritage Society
It is a 4 minute journey to Albany City Hall
It is a 3 minute journey to Albany Country Historical Association
It is a 3 minute journey to the Albany Distilling Company.
Currency – Have some United States dollars (USD) in your pockets when visiting Albany. Banknotes are printed in USD$1, USD$2, USD$5, USD$10, USD$20, USD$50 and USD$100. Coins come in 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢ and both a silver and a gold USD$1.
Time Zone – Albany’s clocks run by Eastern Standard Time between November and March, which is 5 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When daylight saving is in place between March and November, residents set their clocks forward one hour to be 4 hours behind UTC.
Weather – Albany is characterised by a humid, continental climate, with warm summers, chilly winters, and no dry season. Yearly temperatures typically range between -10 to 28 degrees Celsius.
New York State Museum – Once established as the State Geological and Natural History Survey in 1836, the New York State Museum is one of the most popular stops on a trip through Albany – it sees over 640,000 visitors per year! Exploring New York’s cultural and natural history, this museum hosts a variety of exhibitions that has tourists and locals coming back again and again. Within the main exhibition halls are some of the most popular displays, including The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response, and Native Peoples of New York. Another popular element of the museum is the working carousel on the 4th floor. Admission is free, however many choose to donate to the museum to help support its efforts to preserve Albany’s past and present.
New York State Capitol – Take a look at incredible Italian Renaissance, Romanesque and French Renaissance architecture by stopping by the New York State Capitol. After a change in architects, it took from 1867 to 1899 to completely finish the building’s construction. New York State Capitol is 121 metres long and 91 metres wide, and is comprised of five storeys. Interestingly, the building suffered a few complications after construction; its stone ceiling started to collapse only 10 years after it was completed, and in 1911, a few rooms in the building’s west end were destroyed in a fire. After being restored to what it is today, the State Capitol is now declared a National Historic Landmark.
Albany Pine Bush Preserve – Situated right in the city’s backyard is the Albany Pine Bush Preserve, which is 1 of only 20 other inland pine barrens in the world. Beautiful wildflowers, rare insects and other animals call this preserve their home. As such, in 1988, the New York State Legislature announced the area’s significance and created the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission to protect and manage the area. Visitors can explore the preserve by hiking, biking, bird watching and horseback riding.
Shaker Heritage Society – Learn about America’s first Shaker settlement by stopping by Shaker Heritage Society. This non-profit organisation hosts educational programs about the Shakers and their impact on America’s culture. The Shakers are significant to the country; they helped develop communities that favoured gender and racial equality. Visitors can learn more about the movement by stopping by the society’s museum and gift shop. They can also take self-guided tours of the Shaker site, including its historical buildings, heritage herb garden, barnyard and Shaker Cemetery, where the society’s founder, Ann Lee, is buried.