From Cohoes, to the City of Albany, to Coeymans, the Hudson River is a key piece of Albany County's landscape. Experience the historic waterway by bicycle, kayak, or riverboat. Or, dive into fascinating history at riverside attractions or dine al fresco along the riverbank. Scroll on for things to do along the Hudson River in Albany County!
Embark on a Hudson River sightseeing cruise with Dutch Apple Cruises! Albany's Riverboat is one of the best ways to experience the historic waterway. The first half of the cruise is narrated by a Hudson River Historian who tells tales of the city and points out landmark sights along the river. On the second half of the cruise, relax under the sun and enjoy the riverside views. Throughout the summer months, Dutch Apple Cruises also offers sunset cruises complete with music and an unparalleled perspective of the Albany's skyline at sunset.
Paddles up! Experience the Hudson River on a kayaking adventure. Upstate Kayak Rentals has riverfront explorers covered with self-serve kayak rental hubs at the Corning Preserve, Henry Hudson Park and Coeymans Landing Park. It's hassle-free, simply use a cell phone to conveniently book and unlock kayaks at the self-serve rental hubs. Hit the water at the Corning Preserve to uncover hidden canals and marvel at the Albany skyline from an entirely new perspective. If you are feeling adventurous, paddle to the connecting hub locations at Henry Hudson Park and Coeymans Landing Park to see wildlife and experience the Hudson River in a new way.
Yanni's Too, tucked in Coeyman's Landing Park, is a waterfront restaurant with can't-beat Hudson River views. Dine on award-winning seafood fare and cheers with Insta-worthy cocktails on the restaurant's spacious patio overlooking the Hudson River. The family-owned restaurant has impressively scooped up multiple "Bestie" awards from Capital Region Living Magazine including "Best Calamari", "Best Lobster Mac n Cheese", "Best Seafood Restaurant", "Best Chowder" and "Best Outdoor Dining."
All-aboard the USS Slater, Albany's floating museum! Moored on the Hudson River at the intersection of Broadway and Quay, the historic ship is the only World War II destroyer escort left afloat in the United States. Climb aboard for a guided tour to explore the ship deck-by-deck and learn the stories about the brave men who lived and fought on board the ship. Guided tours are offered every 30 minutes.
Bike along the historic banks of the Hudson River with CDPHP Cycle! The bike-share program, operated by CDTA & CDPHP, makes it easy for visitors and locals to bike and see the sights – for $5 an hour! The Corning Preserve is home to a bike rack, so pedal pushers can follow the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail (part of the Empire State Trail) from Albany to Cohoes along the Hudson River. Drop off your CDPHP Cycle! at the bike rack location at Van Schaick Park in Cohoes, or pedal back to the Corning Preserve for a round-trip adventure!
The historic Van Schaick Mansion is nestled on the banks of the Hudson River on Van Schaick Island in Cohoes. Built in the mid-1700s, the mansion is brimming with Revolutionary War history. During 1777, it served as the Continental Army's headquarters and hosted General Philip Schuyler, General Horatio Gates and thousands of Continental Soldiers. Plans for the Battle of Saratoga, the turning point in the American Revolution, were formulated at the mansion during this time! The historic home is on the National Register of Historic Places and still boasts the original doors, windows, trim and hand-wrought hardware.