Albany Heritage Tourism
Albany was settled by the Dutch more than 400 years ago when Henry Hudson's ship, the Half Moon, first sailed up the river that now bears his name. Over the past four centuries, Albany has grown from a small Dutch settlement into New York State's Capital City in the heart of burgeoning Tech Valley.
Though Albany has undergone massive physical and social changes over its long history, our commitment to preserving and celebrating our heritage is stronger than ever. The sites and attractions listed below highlight aspects of Albany's rich historic and heritage resources.
For an in-depth history of Albany and surrounding municipalities, view our History page.
Hamilton in Albany
Before he was a Broadway sensation, Alexander Hamilton spent much of his time right here in Albany, NY. The city formed a backdrop for some of the most important arguments he had -- including the one that led to his untimely death.
Tastes and Traditions
With so many restaurants to visit and enjoy, Albany is already a foodie's paradise. This year, our partners from our the heritage, craft beverage, and arts & entertainment community will join together to present a series of events that celebrate Albany's culinary accomplishments and traditions. Throughout 2018, visitors can enjoy unique events, talks, demonstrations, and tastings that focus on everyone's favorite topic -- food!
Prohibition in Albany
2019 marks the centennial of the passing of Prohibition in the United States. To celebrate this era of history, Albany will be re-telling the fascinating stories and tales of the city during Prohibition.
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