Areas to live NEAR Albany
I grew up in Clifton Park, NY, which is about 20 min. south of Albany and loved it. It is quiet, but developed and has one of the best schools in the area (Shenendehowa Central). Very safe community and great for the children! Lark Fest!
Want a little piece of Albany...
Want a little piece of Albany history - go to the Visitors Center for maps and tour info. If old houses are your thing - Albany hosts 2 mansions - Ten Broek and Schyuler Mansions. Both are easy to locate, inexpensive to visit, quick to peruse and nicely maintained.
You simply can't miss one of the most beautiful and simply fun festivals in the whole state!
Albany celebrates its Dutch Heritage with the Tulip Fest in May, a three day event. The beauty of thousands of brightly colored tulips (my favorite flower) thickly covering Washington Park is enough of a draw for me, but there are plenty of events at this festival to attract more than just tulip-lovers.
There are multiple stages with musical performances, activities for kids, lots of food and local art, and of course, the crowning of the Tulip Queen and the royal court's subsequent luncheon and ball.
Simply too gorgeous for words. If you miss the Fest, at least get yourself to the park sometime before June to catch the tulips in their prime!
Capital of New York
I have had a number of meetings in Albany in the last few years, including Sept/02, March/03, March/04 and now April/04. Since these are business trips, I usually have very little spare time to seek out the main attractions of the city. Consequently, this page mostly contains my impressions of things that I have seen or done quite fleetingly! My usual method of getting to Albany is to fly to Montreal and then use a rental car for the 3.5 hour drive south through the Adirondack Mountains (on our first trip though, my wife and I drove across Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to get there by way of Lake Placid). From the two brief visits that I did have to downtown Albany, I was impressed by the architecture that I saw! Also, on this latest April/04 trip, there appears to be some very interesting places to visit not too far away as well. The opening photo shows a very impressive and deceptively huge building located in front of the State Capital building (which was under extensive renovation with scaffoldings when I was there in April, 2004).
I had another short stay in Albany, mid-November, 2004. I was flying through from one meeting in Kansas City, Missouri and heading west of Albany, to Cooperstown, NY, for another meeting before heading home.
A closer look at some of the detailed carving on the State Education building!