Is there really nothing to do in Albany?
A common theme across the University at Albany campus is that there is not a lot to do
in Albany. Or that the city is boring. These are false claims because believe it or not,
there is a ton of stuff to do in this small city.
From outdoor festivals to history museums, hiking and bars, if you’re not familiar with the Albany area, you wouldn’t know about any of these fun past times.
Pearlpalooza is one of the many things you can participate in. On September 15 head
down to N. Pearl Street at 1:00 p.m. for free live concerts all afternoon.
If you like visual art, craft vendors and food trucks, check out Lark Street in downtown
Albany on September 22 from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. LarkFest is the largest one day street festival in New York. According to larkstreetbid.org, an estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festivities, and you could be one of them.
If you won’t be around for LarkFest this year, there is still plenty to do on Lark. If you like
karaoke and drinks, you can visit LAX on Lark, or if you prefer a more hipster atmosphere with no karaoke, check out Susies. Both are places to take a group of friends and have a drink.
“One of my favorite things to do in Albany are going out to eat and going to bars…my favorite place to eat is Bombers because I like the food,” said Timothy Owusu-Gyasi, a fourth year student at University at Albany.
Bombers is located on Lark and has a take-out option on their first floor and a bar
on the second. They are best known for their giant margaritas and burritos.
There are history museums in the city, like the Albany Institute of History and Art as well as the USS Slater floating museum. Both are inexpensive, with the Albany Institute costing $10 for adults.
If you’re ever near Washington Park, the Park Playhouse puts on plays for the public to enjoy. It’s outdoors which can create a different experience from the average indoor show. It’s even free if you sit in the grass. Go to parkplayhouse.com for a full
“One thing that’s great about Albany is if you want the city it’s here but the country is only a few minutes away. You can have both living here,” said Chris Brant a former student at the College of Saint Rose and an Albany local.
There are many hiking trails in the Albany area if you’re looking to get out of the city.
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve has trails, wildlife viewing and interactive nature exhibits. The Albany County Rail Trail is another good place to do some hiking or even
biking. The rail trail is paved if biking is more your speed.
“Even though most would consider Albany a smaller city, it has a big city feel to it,” said Brant.
There is something for everyone in Albany. You just have to do some searching or ask
some locals. From museums and hiking trails to plays and festivals, you can find
something to cure your restless boredom while stuck away from home.