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Old 03-02-2011, 08:47 AM
 
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I'm brand spankin' new to Albany - never been here before - so I have a lot to see and do.

Please start me an Albany (and surrounding area, up to 2 hours' drive) bucket list of parks, museums, restaurants, and other fun things to explore!

Suggestions for outdoors activities and places is especially appreciated. Also, best way to visit the Adirondacks for the first time? (i.e., route and entry point?)

Just want to know your personal favorite haunts. Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2011, 08:24 AM
 
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This year, unless you have cross country skis, snow shoes and/or ice skates, your outdoor activities will be limited until the snow melts. If you do have any of the above, you might want to check out Grafton Lakes State Park or Saratoga State Park. The Saratoga National Historical Park is also excellent for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. As for the Adirondacks, check out the Adirondack Mountain Club - www.adk.org. There is an Albany branch.
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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I place we discovered totally by accident and have been visiting ever since is Art Omi Sculpture Park in Ghent Omi International Arts Center about 40 minutes south of Albany. They also have artists in residence and, I think, a new cafe. Few people around here seem to know about it, even some folks I know who work in Ghent! I think they advertise in NYC, not here, but it's a pretty location and a lot of fun. It's on about 60 acres of rolling hills and woods, and the art work changes. Entrance is free. Bring your boots if you go in the spring - parts of it can be muddy.
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Old 03-11-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the great suggestion, sarchivist98. I signed up for their mailing list and think I will attend an upcoming program of theirs already.

Thanks for the park suggestions, exupstateny, and for the Mountain Club referral. Looking forward to checking them all out!
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Old 03-13-2011, 07:11 AM
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I visited my daughter, who attends UAlbany, yesterday, and we went to the New York State museum. It's really a great musuem, though I didn't have enough time to see everything I wanted to see. I plan to go back.
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Old 03-13-2011, 10:31 AM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I visited my daughter, who attends UAlbany, yesterday, and we went to the New York State museum. It's really a great musuem, though I didn't have enough time to see everything I wanted to see. I plan to go back.
Looks like admission is free. Will have to check it out.

Have you been to any other Albany area museums?
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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I think the New York State Museum is closed on Sundays now, so make sure you check the hours. The Albany Institute of History and Art at Washington Ave and Dove St is great, too, but has a $10 charge, less with a student ID. They have 2 Egyptian mummies and a great art collection.
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Old 03-13-2011, 02:39 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I think the New York State Museum is closed on Sundays now, so make sure you check the hours. The Albany Institute of History and Art at Washington Ave and Dove St is great, too, but has a $10 charge, less with a student ID. They have 2 Egyptian mummies and a great art collection.
I'll be visiting on a Saturday. I don't think we'd be able to fit two museums in one afternoon, so we'll probably just end up going to the New York State Museum. Would still like to see the history and art museum at some point though. Which do you prefer?
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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If you just have one to go to, I'd stick with the State Museum. It's quite a bit larger than the Institute of History and Art. And free!
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Olana. About one hour south.

Olana: the Persian style home of Hudson River artist Frederic Edwin Church
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