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Farm to table is no new concept to Albany. Fresh cuisine with an international flair is what we do best, and you'll be pleased with the selection of fine dining that can be found. From Indonesian and Brazilian, to oysters and burgers, Albany is sure to please your palate. We'd love to show you our favorite spots!
Four Centuries of Architecture
Downtown Albany boasts four centuries of stunning architecture. Stand in one place and rotate 360 degrees to view HH Richardson's City Hall to the modern Empire State Plaza, to the Art Deco Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, and the longest collonade in the United States at the New York State Education Building. Of course, to get a view like this, you'll be standing at the New York State Capitol- an architectural marvel that has a story too long to tell here.
History and Heritage
In 1609, the Dutch East India Company sponsored a voyage led by Henry Hudson to discover a shorter route to the Far East - the result - Albany! Albany is the oldest continuous settlement in the original thirteen English colonies, so we've got plenty of history and heritage, much of which is still embraced today.
How to Tour the Capital Region's Waterways
Enjoy the many ways to experience the Hudson River, Mohawk River, and the Erie Canal Locks: narrated cruises, party boats, canal boats, kayaks, rowing, and much more!
The Capital Region prides itself on developing the latest in computer chip technology, nanotechnology, the largest supercomputers, alternative and solar energy solutions, and cutting edge defense technology. Learn the similarities between this technology boom and the booms of Albany's past.
Henry Hudson - Dead but not Forgotten!
Henry Hudson sailed to Albany in 1609. He was looking for the Far East but instead started a lucrative beaver trade that saved his career. In another attempt to find this shorter route, his crew abandoned Hudson and his son on a small row boat in the Hudson Bay while they turned around to go home. What happened to Hudson, and what is his impact on our world today?
Cuisine: Annual Albany Chefs' Food & Wine Festival
The January event kicks-off with a Winemakers' Dinner to be held at various restaurants in downtown Albany, followed by wine & food pairings, seminars and cooking demonstrations at the Food & Wine tastings on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The weekend events will conclude with a Chef's Grand Dinner and Wine Auction that will pair the City's top chefs with the finest wines from around the world.
65th Annual Tulip Festival 2013 - An American Bus Association Top 100 Event!
May 11-12 - Mother's Day Weekend
This highly anticipated, FREE, spring event celebrates Albany's Dutch heritage with the blooming of 211,000 tulips in over 140 varieties, in a myriad of colors.Tulip Fest is packed with entertainment on 4 stages, over 100 crafters, fine arts show, gardening talks, food vendors, family fun, and the crowning of the Tulip Queen! For 65 years, people travel from all over to fill Washington Park with celebration!
New York State Path Through History Weekends
Showcases the Empire State to residents and visitors alike and to help kick off the summer tourism season. Path Through History Weekends will highlight special events at heritage and cultural destinations throughout NYS. Themes for Path Through History Weekend events include: Military History, Arts and Culture, Commerce, Innovation, Historic Architecture, Freedom, Traditions, and Community Heritage. Visit paththroughhistoryweekends.com and click on Capital Region for Albany Path Through History Weekend events!