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Finding Affordable Attractions in the City of Albany

posted by Austin WInder, of Allied Van Lines at 2019-07-20 13:20:00

As the capital city of New York state, Albany boasts a bevy of fun and interesting things to see and do. Located on the banks of the Hudson River, this 400-year-old city is rich in history and natural scenic beauty. One of the best attributes about Albany is that you do not have to bust your budget to enjoy many of its most popular attractions. Here are eight affordable activities to consider during your Albany adventure.
Washington Park

This 90-acre park boasts a lake that is perfect for fishing, a vast network of biking and running paths, and a host of monuments that highlight the history of this region. Washington Park is the ideal place to check out the changing colors of the seasons in upstate New York.
New York State Capitol Building and Museum

No trip to Albany is complete without visiting the capitol building. While in the area, be sure to check out the New York State Museum. Established in 1836, this is the largest state museum in the nation. The collection boasts a variety of historical, cultural, and scientific artifacts that depict the history of New York. The free museum is open every day except for Monday.
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza 

As the heart and soul of Albany, this complex contains a host of government buildings centered around a bright and airy plaza. A collection of art pieces located throughout the complex and in the outdoor areas make this destination worth checking out.
Albany Institute of History and Art

As one of the oldest museums in the country, this extensive collection perfectly demonstrates the life and culture of this region. Some of the most famous pieces include paintings from the Hudson River School. While there is an admission fee to visit the museum, visitors can experience the collection free from 5 to 8 pm on the first Friday of every month.
Cohoes Falls

Nature enthusiasts will delight in this amazing 70-foot waterfall located just 11 miles north of Albany along the Mohawk River in Cohoes. The best places to view the cascading falls is from either Cohoes Falls Overlook Park or from Falls View Park. Marvel at the wonder of Mother Nature at this tranquil sanctuary.

Crossgates Mall 

You can shop ‘til you drop at this large regional mall that features a wide collection of retail and dining options. With over 180 retail shops, there is something for every personal taste and budget at this popular indoor mall and community gathering place.
Corning Tower Observation Deck

Soar to the top of the 42-story Corning Towers and you will be rewarded with views of the city of Albany, the Hudson River, and a variety of mountain ranges, including the Catskills, the Berkshires, and the foothills of the Adirondacks. This historic building is named after former Albany Mayor Erastus Corning II.
C.H. Evans Brewing Company

Beer aficionados will appreciate the many in-house brews at this local craft brewery. Located at the Albany Pump Station, this brewing company also offers a myriad of upscale pub food. The C.H. Evans Brewing Company is the ideal place to relax after a day out exploring Albany and its environs.
An incredibly charming city with history, culture and more, Albany has a small-town, moveable quality  to it in comparison. If you’re looking into a trip to New York, be sure to check out one of the state’s best-hidden gems: Albany.

Photo credits: 

1. Washington Park -  
2. NYS Capital Building - Deb Denny
3. Empire State Plaza - Deb Denny
4. Albany Institute of History and Art Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/albanyinstitute 
5. Cohoes Falls - DiscoverUpstateNY
6. Crossgates Mall - Crossgates Mall Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/pg/CrossgatesMall
7. Corning Observation Tower - Deb Denny
8. C.H. Evans Brewing 1 & 2 - Deb Denny

Austin Winder  is as a creative blogger for the Allied Van Lines moving company. His award-winning blog posts promote all the best places to live, raise a family, and work throughout NY State and beyond.
posted at: 2019-07-20 13:20:00, last updated: 2019-08-02 07:25:36

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