New York December 12, 2016
The Oldest Town In New York That Everyone Should Visit At Least Once
If you know anything about this history of New York then you’re aware of the fact that many of our state’s historical towns can be found along the Hudson River. Many of our Capital Region residents may know that Albany is home to a considerable amount of history, but what they may not know is that it’s actually the oldest settlement in our country north of the state of Virginia. The first European settlement in our state back in 1614, you’re going to want to visit our state’s capital at least once.
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Developed along the West Bank of the Hudson River, Albany was given its name by the English back in 1664.
What started off as one of our country's first settlements, the city of Albany is now home to over 98,000 residents. Full of history and life, Albany became New York's state capital back in 1797 and has continued to grow ever since.
A well-known feature of Albany, Lark Street provides the perfect place for visitors to stroll and check out places to eat and shop.
Some of the city's oldest and most charming buildings can be found on Lark Street, frequently hosting seasonal festivals that draw in large crowds.
Aside from cozy coffee shops to gift shops, the lively street is home to a variety of restaurants and storefronts that can suit everyone's needs. The unique flare that can be found in this stretch of Albany is one that draws in visitors of all ages and is worth checking out.
Albany even has its own Visitors Center that's open every day of the week, a great place to find out more information about the area.
Right on Quackenbush Square, the
offers maps all year long for self-guided walking tours. Another reason to stop in here while you're visiting the area? The Visitors Center also has a gift shop showcasing locally made products and Albany items that you'll want to take home with you.
Want to be entertained while staying out of the cold weather? Then check out the upcoming events at places like the Palace Theatre or The Egg!
Another amazing perk to Albany? There are so many spectacular venues where you can see a variety of shows and artists perform. If you missed out on seeing The Nutcracker Ballet last week at the Palace Theatre then don't worry too much! There are still plenty of other magical shows you can catch this season, the theatre will be showing movies like Elf, A Christmas Story, It's A Wonderful Life and other holiday classics that we all love.
Take a step inside the unique architecture of The Egg to experience a show you'll never forget. The Egg has plenty of
that are perfect for the holiday season. From holiday concerts to Albany Berkshire Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”, if you've never actually been inside of this venue before then now is the time to cross this place off of your bucket list.
The Empire Plaza turns into a winter wonderland this time of year, visitors can find a beautiful skating rink that's open every day from 11AM until 8PM!
Always weather permitting, the skating rink only closes daily from 3PM to 4PM for maintenance. If you already have your own pair of skates then it won't cost you a dime to enjoy this Capital Region attractions, otherwise visitors can rent skates for $4 dollars ($3 dollars from children 12 and under). If you're trying to save every nickel and dollar for the upcoming holidays, then take advantage of Hannaford's
free skate rental day every Friday! You'll also be able to find a full-service snack bar here Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, just another reason to visit on the weekend.
Another piece of Albany that looks so magical during this time of year? The state Capitol!
If you live in the Capital Region there's a good chance that you've taken a tour of our Capitol building. If you've never seen this historical structure when its decorated for the holiday season though, then it's worth taking the time to check out before the month is over.
Tour the building
and you'll find holiday cheer all over the place, with several different Christmas trees that are all decorated beautifully. With weekday tours Monday through Friday and tours on the second Saturday of every month, there's plenty of opportunities for you to take in Albany's history here.
Continuing on with the holiday spirit, now through January 2nd you can enjoy the Capital Holiday Lights in Washington Park!
Right in the heart of the city you can find 125 holiday light displays all inside of Washington Park. Celebrating 20 years of holiday cheer, the park comes to life during this season and is beautiful to see in person. Jump in your car with a group of friends and family and stay warm while your eyes light up over these wonderful displays. To find out more information about this event,
If you thought there weren't any outdoor spaces to explore in this concrete area then you thought wrong!
Albany Pine Bush Preserve is home to a rare ecosystem that you won't find in many other places through the world, with several different trails that will take you to serene outdoor settings that you'll be surprised to find in this area. The preserve has 18-miles of designated trails that are beautiful to explore especially when they're frosted over with New York's crunchy snow. Open every day all year long, you can
to see a maps of the trails and to check for conditions and closures before you plan a trip here.
Have you ever taken the time to explore Albany? Tell us your favorite places to visit when you’re in this area! For more historical adventures, take a look at
The Ultimate List Of New York’s Oldest Attractions That You Need To Visit!