Albany County is on the verge of spring! With the tulips beginning to bloom and the temperatures rising, spring is a wonderful time of year to explore all that Albany County has to offer. Scroll on for a few ideas for a day trip, or even a staycation, in Albany, New York this spring. 


Discover Cohoes

Embark on a spring day trip to Cohoes for outdoor adventures, unique dining experiences and live performing arts. Begin your exploration of Spindle City with an afternoon at Cohoes Falls. Venture to Falls View Park or Overlook Park to marvel at the impressive waterfall measuring roughly 1,000 feet across and up to 90 feet high. Wander across the 192-foot-long pedestrian bridge for picture-perfect views. After admiring the second largest waterfall in New York State, explore the city's emerging culinary scene. Savor craft beer from Bye-i Brewing or Table 41 Brewing, both located on the newly revitalized Remsen Street. Enjoy classic diner fare at The Tiny Diney, homestyle Lebanese cuisine at Teta Marie's, your favorite Italian dishes at Anthony's Italian Restaurant or craft cocktails and dishes with locally-sourced ingredients at Cafe Monocle. Cap off the Spindle City day trip with live theater at the historic Cohoes Music Hall. Playhouse Stage Company is welcoming audiences for "Spring Awakening" running from April 12 to April 28. 

Tour USS Slater DE766

All-aboard the USS Slater DE766, the last Destroyer Escort afloat in the United States! Moored on the Hudson River at intersection of Broadway and Quay Street, the historic ship opens for her 2024 season in Albany on April 3. Plan a day trip to downtown Albany to discover this floating museum on a guided tour, offered every 30 minutes. Walk in the footsteps of heroes as you explore the ship deck-by-deck and learn the stories about the brave men who lived and fought on board the ship. No reservations are required, but visitors can call ahead to reserve a time slot.

Explore by CDPHP Cycle!

May is National Bike Month, so spring is the ideal time to embark on a pedaling adventure! CDPHP Cycle!, a bike-share program operated by CDTA and CDPHP, makes it super easy to explore Albany County by bicycle. For $5 an hour, locals and visitors can rent a bike to see the sights. Bike rack locations are conveniently located near popular cycling spots such as the Corning Preserve, Albany County Rail Trail and the Crossings of Colonie (and Wolf Road). Looking for more places to put the pedal to the metal? Check out our blog post: Explore Albany County by Bicycle.

Enjoy Spring at the Pine Hollow Arboretum

Immerse yourself into the sights and sounds of spring at the Pine Hollow Arboretum. Tucked in Slingerlands, the arboretum is beautiful to explore in the spring with blooming magnolias, 3,300 unique plants, a dozen ponds and breathtaking views of nature. The grounds are open dawn to dusk, 365 days per year.