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Enjoy Capital Region Historic Sites and Museums Near Rivers Ledge This Fall & Winter

As the colder weather continues to creep in, you may be looking for fun things to do indoors near Rivers Ledge. Thanks to the central location of our luxury apartments in Niskayuna NY, there are a variety of indoor museums and historic sites within an hour’s drive! Check out these fun options for everyone in your group.

mastodon at the new york state museum
Exhibit at the New York State Museum

For Art Lovers

The Arts Center of the Capital Region

26 minute drive

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is located less than a half an hour away from Rivers Ledge, making it a great option for chilly afternoons. The Center showcases exhibitions and public art, but they also have classes for youth and adults in digital arts, jewelry making, drawing, photography, woodworking, writing, and much more.

University Art Museum at the University of Albany

27 minute drive

The University Art Museum features a 9,000 square foot space where they host exhibitions, programs, collections, and produce publications. With a focus on up-and-coming artists and a drive for enriching the community around them, this museum is a gold mine of contemporary art. Plus, unless otherwise noted, all events at the Art Museum are free and open to the public.

Opalka Gallery

33 minute drive

The Opalka Gallery has a focus on contemporary art and design and features works from nationally recognized artists. The Gallery is heavily invested in the cultural life of the Capital Region, and they often host lectures, films, concerts, and other events which are open to the public.

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

35 minute drive

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum is located at Skidmore College and is Saratoga Springs’ only art museum. When you visit, you’ll be able to see incredible art from notable artists both past and present, as well as up-and-coming art students from Skidmore College. Plus, because it’s a teaching museum, the Tang is at the forefront of art education.

The Hyde Collection

49 minute drive

The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls may be small, but it is an absolute treasure trove of art and history. The collection features works by Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt, and many more. We can guarantee you’ll be enthralled by both the art and the Hyde House itself, which you can tour. Be sure to check out the library, which is a time capsule filled with classic literature.

For History Buffs

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame

28 minute drive

Rivers Ledge is within half an hour’s drive of the world-renowned Saratoga Race Course, a historic thoroughbred racing track. The racing season typically runs from mid-July to the beginning of September, but you can learn more about the history of the track, and horse racing in general, at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. While you’re there, check out their array of trophies from makers like Cartier, Crichton Brothers and Tiffany & Co.

USS Slater

31 minute drive

The USS Slater is a WWII-era destroyer escort, the last of its kind still afloat in the US. The ship now serves as a museum and is open seasonally (April – November) for guided tours. Check out this piece of living history on the Hudson for an incredible and unique experience.

New York State Museum

32 minute drive

The New York State Museum has the honor of being the oldest and largest state museum in the United States. Aside from the incredible architecture, which is a work of art in and of itself, the museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions, events, performances, and more.

Albany Institute of History & Art

33 minute drive

The Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the most important museums in the Capital Region when it comes to the area’s heritage. It is one of the oldest museums in the United States and is home to nationally significant collections. The focus is to connect art and history with each other as well as to the modern visitor. Attendees can view a broad scope of collections, including furnishings, fine arts, documents, and photographs.

New York State Capitol Building

34 minute drive

The New York State Capitol Building has served as the New York State government seat since 1880 and is open for tours year-round. Both guided and self-guided tours are available. The Capitol Building displays a rotating array of exhibitions, but the building itself is like a permanent art piece. Between the 19th-century architecture, gorgeous masonry, and breathtaking skylight, you’ll be amazed by the grandeur of this historic edifice.

For Those With Kids

Museum of Innovation & Science (miSci)

11 minute drive

Just around the corner from Rivers Ledge, miSci is a center for learning, imagination, and creativity. The museum hosts exhibits and educational programs throughout the year on a variety of subjects. One of their recent permanent additions is their Design Zone, where kids and adults alike can learn about the processes and tools to create a successful design in industries such as video game development, music production, amusement park development, and more.

The World Awareness Children’s Museum

48 minute drive

If you’re looking for a fun escape for your kids or grandkids, the World Awareness Children’s Museum in Glens Falls is an excellent choice. With hands-on exhibits, craft opportunities, storytimes, theater, galleries, and more, the museum has a wealth of cultural learning opportunities, with a focus on helping kids discover the world around them.

Take a Tour of Rivers Ledge

If living near a variety of museums and historic sites sounds perfect for you, contact us to schedule a tour of Rivers Ledge Apartments today.