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Albany history, etc.

by beachcomberT

Former Albany resident (back in 60s) returning from Florida for a quick few days with relatives. Would like to check a few historic sites; appreciate recommendations for which of the historical homes are the best, and what's available for Hudson River waterfront scenery or excursion boat trips. Tnx.

RE: Albany history, etc.

by nancy531

I'm probably too late for you ...but there may be other people looking for the same info.
We now have Aqua Ducks. Which I haven't tried but I hear good things.

This web site lists the historic homes. The capital building is very interesting and I like the Schuyler mansion but it's not always open.

There is also a 2 hour historic cruise on the Dutch Apple Cruises.

RE: RE: Albany history, etc.

by beachcomberT

Hi Nancy...Catching up with your tip from last summer, a few months late! Just fyi, I did the trolley-style bus tour, departing the Heritage Center at Quackenbush Square. It was an excellent overview -- even though I am familiar with Albany history, I learned several new things. The guide, a 60ish grande dame type, had a great sense of humor. You could tell she loved Albany but didn't worship it. The tour paused several times so people could snap photos, study details, etc. Aqua Ducks probably would be fun for people traveling with kids, but I think this tour is better suited for the Baby Boomer set.
I may be returning this spring -- April or May -- and would appreciate any updated tips on events in that general time period. It's been many decades since I've seen the Tulip Festival, and since we lack tulips in Florida, that may be a good thing to catch. I would love to attend a William Kennedy lecture, but I don't think he does much public speaking these days.
BeachcomberT aka Tom in Daytona Beach

RE: RE: Albany history, etc.

by nancy531

The Tulip Fest is May 12-14, 2006. Northeast Celtic Arts Festival is new this year - April 29th they are having a pipe band at the Palace - which has been revitalized with a totally new marquis: Also, WAMC has a new venue in the Linda Norris auditorium. They have some good shows: Have fun!

Travel Tips for Albany

Tulip Festival

by davecallahan

The Tulip Festival is one of the larger ones held in the eastern United States. It is also the longest operating festival in Albany (about 60 years, 2007).

The second weekend of May is the time; Washington Park is the place; thousands of people make a huge crowd and parking problem.
There is a tulip parade, the selection of a tulip queen, the tours of the tulip gardens and live entertainment for the enjoyment of the visitors. Food vendors are everywhere. Artists, artisans and craftspersons have their tents and stands to sell you their wares. Special areas are set aside for kids activities (sand painting, face painting, yard games).

to get there:
take I-90 to the downtown Albany area and get off at the Washington Avenue exit. take Washington Avenue two miles east to Sprague Place and go south into Washington Park.

Massive Pillars

by Bwana_Brown

I was really impressed by the size and design of the NY State Education Department Building in the centre of Albany, opposite the State Capital Building. The size of the Corinthian columns forming the colonnade along the front of the building was amazing. These columns are reputed to be the tallest in the world of this type.

Albany -- a blast from the past

by beachcomberT


Albany isn't an obvious tourism stop but it's worth considering if you are interested in history, architecture, museums or government. A relatively small, compact city, it's easy to navigate and extensive renewal has helped rescue some of its downtown from decay. It has more vitality now than it did 10 or 20 years ago, but its heyday was probably circa 1945.... or maybe 1845.


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