Three students eating together in downtown Albany Three students eating together in downtown Albany

Albany? It’s pretty great.

Stop by for a visit. Stay for a while. Whatever your timeline, in Albany you’ll find plenty of activities, restaurants and attractions to suit your interests. Take in culture and community right here, or venture farther out to experience quaint small towns, natural wonders or even just watch the seasons change.  

Centrally located in the Northeastern U.S., and at the heart of the Empire State, Albany is a perfect homebase for exploring all-season outdoor recreation as well as other cities—New York City, Boston and Montreal are each about a three-hour drive away and easily accessible by bus or train. Hiking, biking, snow sports and more are plentiful in the near-by Adirondack, Catskill and Berkshire mountains.  


Favorite to-dos in and around Albany

  1. Cheer on our Great Danes athletic teams.  
  2. Enjoy music, food and flowers at the Tulip Festival.  
  3. Stroll through Washington Park
  4. See a show at The Egg.  
  5. Take in the modern art at the Empire State Plaza.  
  6. Attend a Writer’s Institute event.  
  7. Pick apples at one of the numerous local orchards.  
  8. Hike Thacher Park and take in the panoramic view of Albany.  
  9. Shop and eat at the Troy Farmer’s Market
  10. Tour the state capitol building.  
  • Casey Stadium
    Casey Stadium

    Enjoy a football or lacrosse game at Casey Stadium.

  • Women's basketball game at the Broadview Center
    Broadview Arena

    ...or a basketball game at Broadview Center

  • Students sitting at a table by Parker Pond
    Parker Pond

    Parker Pond is a great place for a nature-break, right on campus.

  • A group of students walking on the purple path together in the fall.
    Purple Path

    Bring a friend and walk the Purple Path around campus.

  • Student working on a laptop in the Azalea Garden.
    Azalea Garden

    Don't miss the blooms of spring and summer in the Azalea Garden.

  • Students performing in the Performing Arts Center
    Performing Arts Center

    The Performing Arts Center presents inspired plays and concerts year-round.

  • Visitors walking through the University Art Museum
    University Art Museum

    Visit the University Art Museum to see student and professional work on display.

  • Students sitting in red chairs by the main fountain.
    Main Fountain

    Kick back and soak up the sun by the Main Fountain.

  • Three students walking through the entrance fountain on campus.
    Entry Plaza Fountain

    A stroll through the Entry Plaza Fountain always lightens your mood.

  • Students playing air hockey in the Campus Center Game Room
    Campus Center Game Room

    Try your hand at pool, ping pong, air hockey and more in the Campus Center Game Room.

  • Campus Center dining area
    Campus Center Dining Area

    Choose from a range of eateries and cuisines at the Campus Center dining area.  

Three students eating together in downtown Albany

See what there is to nosh near our uptown campus.

Girl walking around downtown Albany by the capital building.

Activities on campus, around the capitol district and recommendations farther afield.

Albany Capital Building

Find a hotel conveniently located near the UAlbany uptown campus.

Getting Around

Whether you have a car or not, there are many convenient—and fun—options for exploring the Capital District and beyond.

CDTA Public Buses (Free for UAlbany students and employees!)

CDPHP Cycle! Bike Share Program

Amtrak Train Station

Albany International Airport

Our Campuses

Learn more about things to see and do in the city at Discover Albany and the surrounding area at the Capital-Saratoga Region website.  

Discover Albany
Capital Saratoga region