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Top Ideas for a Day Trip to Albany From Rivers Ledge Apartments

Rivers Ledge’s one- and two-bedroom luxury waterfront apartments in Niskayuna are perfect for lounging, but there are also plenty of activities to check out nearby if you want to have some fun. In fact, just 30 minutes away in the City of Albany, you can find a wide range of things to do during a day trip.

Discover History at the New York State Museum

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Did you know that the New York State Museum is the oldest and largest state museum in the country? It’s true! Plan a visit and see all the fascinating exhibits on display, including Birds of New York, Adirondack Wilderness, the Cohoes Mastodon, Minerals of New York, First Peoples, and more. If you bring the kids, you’ll also want to swing by the historic Carousel located on the 4th floor terrace. Best of all, admission to the New York State Museum is free.

Shop ‘til You Drop at Crossgates Mall

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With over 150 retail shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues under one roof, Crossgates Mall is an Albany destination where you can easily spend a few hours. Upgrade your wardrobe, browse comics and games, search for special gifts, pick out new jewelry, and more at Crossgates. Coming with the whole family? Try some immersive adventures at 5 Wits or go bowling at Apex Entertainment, both located inside of the mall.

Take a Hike at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

With over 20 miles of nature trails to explore, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is the perfect place for an outdoor adventure near Niskayuna. Begin your trip with a stop at the Pine Bush’s Discovery Center, where you can learn about the natural, geologic, and cultural history of the area through interactive exhibits. Then, head out on one of the various trails through the preserve. The Pine Bush is open year round, and the multi-use trails will take you through pine barrens, over sand dunes, and into forests and ravines.

Experience Live Entertainment at Top Venues

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From comedy shows to live music, there is no shortage of entertainment venues in Albany. Catch your favorite comedian performing live at the Albany Funny Bone, attend an exciting concert at Empire Live or The Egg, or browse the fantastic schedule of events at The Palace Theatre. The Palace is a historic venue in downtown Albany that hosts concerts, dance, theatre, comedy, family entertainment, and other community events.

Soak Up Nature in Washington Park

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Need a break from all the shopping and entertainment in Albany? Go for a relaxing stroll through Washington Park. The park has many unique features and structures to keep an eye out for, such as the 1875 stone footbridge, the lake house and amphitheater, statues and monuments, and the ornate Albany Benches placed around the lake and the Knox Street Mall pedestrian path. Not only that, but Washington Park is home to over 100 species of trees, which makes it a popular spot for nature lovers.

Cheers to Craft Beverages at Nine Pin Ciderworks

The Capital Region is a hotspot for craft beverages, including beer, wine, spirits, and cider. At Nine Pin Ciderworks in Albany, you can enjoy sampling a variety of quality craft ciders. Their Tasting Room features a rotating selection of nine premium and limited small batch ciders, as well as local New York State beers and specialty cocktails. Nine Pin also offers gourmet sourdough personal pizzas and small plates that pair perfectly with their beverages. Raise a glass to your Albany day trip!

Grab a Bite to Eat in the City

No day trip is complete without a delicious meal, and for that, Albany has you covered. Head over to the Albany Pump Station or the City Beer Hall for some of the region’s best pub grub (and beer!), feast on savory steak at 677 Prime, celebrate Taco Tuesday at El Mariachi Restaurant, or join Barcelona Restaurant for some top-notch Spanish-Italian cuisine and wine. There are tons of great dining options that will help satisfy your cravings.

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