Discover Albany celebrated the "Spirit of Travel" during National Travel & Tourism Week with an Instagram Poll for Albany locals. We asked locals to vote for their favorite activities to help us create an Albany Day Trip Itinerary for visitors to use once we are open for travel again. Keep scrolling to view the results and don't forget to follow @DiscoverAlbany on Instagram for more interactive polls and inspirational photos. 

Please note that many of the attractions and restaurants featured below have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and currently may not be open for business. These recommendations have been compiled for visitors to use once Albany is open for visitors again. 

 

NTTW Poll Results - Spring

Plan a visit during Spring or Fall?   

Tulip lovers beat out leaf peepers! Locals recommended for visitors to plan a trip to Albany during the spring months. Spring is an extra sweet time of year in Albany as it is filled with maple sugar and tulips! 

 

NTTW Poll - Outdoor Adventures

Spend the morning on an outdoor adventure or exploring a museum? 

Outdoor enthusiasts came out on top. Explore the great outdoors at the sites and attractions below! 

Upstate Kayak Rentals
John Boyd Thacher State Park (and WildPlay Thacher!)
Albany Pine Bush Preserve 
Cohoes Falls
Mountain Ridge Adventure
Howe Caverns 

 

NTTW Poll - Local Restaurants

Enjoy lunch as a picnic in the park or dining in at a local restaurant? 

Locals voted for visitors to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Grab a bite to eat at one of the eateries below. 

ama cocina
City Beer Hall
Warehouse Grill & BBQ
Iron Gate Cafe
Innovo Kitchen 
The Hollow Bar + Kitchen 

 

NTTW Poll Results - Land

Go on a tour of Albany by land or by water?  

Land won by a landslide! Check out a few of Albany's tour offerings by land. 

Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour by Taste of Troy Food Tours
Discover Albany Visitors Center Walking Tours 
New York State Capitol Building Tours 
New York State Education Building Tours
Capital City Cycle Tours

 

NTTW Poll - Casual Pub

Grab dinner at a casual pub or an upscale eatery? 

Locals voted in favor of heading to a casual pub for dinner. View a few fantastic local pubs below! 

Olde English Pub
McGeary's Irish Pub
Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen
Wolff's Biergarten 
Public House 42
Pearl Street Pub
Excelsior Pub

NTTW Poll - Craft Beverage

After dinner, catch a show or visit a craft beverage spot? 

Locals voted for a stop along the Capital Craft Beverage Trail to follow dinner plans! Check out a few local wineries, distilleries, cideries and breweries. 

Albany Distilling Co.
Nine Pin Cider
CH Evans Brewing at the Albany Pump Station
Fort Orange Brewing
Hudson-Chatham Winery
Helderberg Brewery Taproom

 

NTTW Poll Question

Tell us the one thing that you believe visitors MUST do while visiting Albany? 

We received a variety of responses to this question! View the recommendations below. 

#CapitalWalls Murals
Enjoy the local shops/restaurants on Lark Street
Local brewery tours
Cider Belly Doughnuts
Broadway Bar Crawl at Parish Public House/Loch & Quay to Lost & Found Bar & Kitchen
Visit the Capitol & Empire State Plaza (at golden hour!)
Explore Washington Park and State Street architecture
Albany Institute of History & Art
See Nipper and bike trails!
Cheese Cake Machismo
Try some Stewart's ice cream
Walk around Center Square! Food, shops, row houses and end with Washington Park
Catch some views at Thacher Park
Apple picking in the Fall
Dutch Apple Cruises