- Things To Do
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The history of Albany also remains retained in much of its robust 19th and early 20th century architecture. The most visible example is the New York State Capitol sitting atop one of the seven hills that fashioned the city's landscape.
Construction began in 1867 and continued for nearly 30 years until the building was declared complete without its original design for a dome. The Capitol with its grand staircase, legislative chambers, and breathtaking exterior, is the historic centerpiece of New York State...a must see!
Henry Hudson discovered Albany while seeking a shorter route to the far-east in 1609. Soon after, Dutch merchants settled here to bring furs from the north and ship them to Europe. The area grew in size as it became the gateway to the northeast passage. Later, Albany's industrial history was carved out of its location as the point where the navigable Hudson River ended and the Erie Canal began. Each passing traveler left a mark that can be enjoyed by those who visit the area today.
Also visit the Quackenbush House, located directly next to the Visitors Center. Built in circa 1736, it is one of the oldest remaining Dutch buildings in the city and today serves as the Olde English Pub & Pantry.
Begin your journey to Albany's past at the present Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center in historic Quackenbush Square. See the exhibits of Albany's rich heritage, relax and be transported back through time by watching the center's orientation show Albany: A Cultural Crossroads. Guided tours by trolley, boat, or on foot, take you through Albany's neighborhoods, attractions, and historic sites.