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ALBANY, NEW YORK
Originally ruled by the Dutch and called Beverwyck, Albany was taken over by the British in 1664, along with other Dutch lands in North America. King Charles II gifted a broad swath of territory to his brother James, the Duke of York and Albany. Once under British control, Beverwyck was renamed Albany in James’ honor. Before either the Dutch or British took over the region, the area was called Pempotowwuthut-Muhhcanneuw, meaning “the fireplace of the Mahikan nation,” by the Mohicans.
Walking Tour of Albany:
You to explore the fascinating history and magnificent architecture of Albany by embarking on one of our self-guided walking tours of the city’s historic downtown district.
New York State Capitol: Worth to visit with your children. Does not require a guided visit, the person at the information deck is kind and super welcoming after that enjoy walking the halls and beautiful stairs, do not miss the wonderful collection of Flags, the Governors hall, the war room and the senate. From the stone carvings to ornate painting to halls laden with artwork…the restored and beautifully maintained building is an amazing place to wander around. A guided tour will bring many details to your attention as well as provide some fascinating stories. It’s worth it to just wander and get lost and explore every floor, every staircase, every nook and cranny after. Both houses of the state legislature convene here and visitors can visit those elaborate chambers and the surrounding parlors. This is a free and not to be missed highlight of Albany.
New York State Museum: The major reason to go now is the 9/11 exhibit. It gives you an amazing view point on what happened, and the video of Billy Green will make you emotional. It also highlights how incredible people/animals can be when working together. The 9/11 display is great including a fire engine and beams from the twin towers. Save time to visit the gift shop. And stroll through the adjoining Empire State Plaza Concourse, which contains a treasure of abstract modern art, and pick up lunch, too.
USS Slater DE-766: The galley the best as well as the sleeping quarters are interesting to see. Great tour, informative, great photo opportunities on a historical ship. USS Slater is a Cannon-class destroyer escort that served in the United States Navy. Arrived in Albany, NY on August 27, 1993 presently preserved as a memorial. The supporters of the USS Slater Destroyer Escort are enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides, able to share every feature of this WWII ship (the last floating one of its kind) with families and groups.
The Egg: What a great place for a concert. Not a bad seat on the house. Very personable vibe with the comforts of being indoors. The Egg is the catchiest element of Governor Rockefeller’s bureaucratic Stonehenge of a Mall. Great concert venue with superb acoustics. There is a great variety of concerts to choose from.
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza: It adjacent to the capital as well as the NYS museum. There are several modern art pieces that are wonderful and the foreign war memorials should not be missed. There are food vendors and live music during the summer. You won’t be disappointed. It’s adjacent to the capital as well as the history museum. The view from the top of the Corning Tower is spectacular. The state library and museum are excellent, and there is even ice skating in the winter. But the two best things about the Empire State Plaza are the art collection and the Egg. The art collection has some truly world class pieces that reflect Nelson Rockefeller’s tastes in art. A Kline and an Oldenberg are favorites, but there are many other worthy pieces by some well known and unknown mid-20th century artists.
Dutch Apple Cruises: This is a 90 minute Hudson River cruise. It is great! You can really enjoy being out on the water. The narrator does a great job, as do the rest of the crew. Plenty of refreshments available–cider, donuts, hot dogs, soda, and a full bar, which was a nice surprise. Great scenery. If it gets too chilly or hot outside, there are plenty of places to sit inside on the second and third decks. Highly recommended.
New York State Executive Mansion: Mansion built in 1856, bought by Governor Samuel TIlden in 1875 and the official governor’s residence ever since. Beautiful Renaissance revival furniture & the artifacts of over 30 governors, several presidents. Enjoyed seeing FDR’s lap pool. You can understand why the governors chose not to live here, it’s a bit isolated. You do need to sign up ahead of time, one to two weeks in advance. Worth the tour.
Your vacation to Albany starts with a flight either from Orlando or Tampa. Just give TravelKatz a call, 352-277-7300, and we will make this vacation a memorable one.
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NEW YORK: Niagara Falls
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