While you're in Albany, you must explore the state capitol building and the surrounding grounds. The opulent Gilded Age architecture is the perfect backdrop for the numerous paintings on display. Nearby is the Erastus Corning Tower, the tallest building in the state outside of New York City. The Egg is a hub of culture and the arts in Albany, and its highly unusual architecture only adds to the experience if you attend a play or concert. The Palace Theatre boasts fine acoustics for its Broadway plays and concerts. It's easy to locate Albany hotels in the vicinity of the state capitol, although a car rental in Albany will allow you to further expand your itinerary. For example, you can tour the USS Slater, the only destroyer escort still afloat out of 563 such ships that battled German U-boats during World War II. After a busy day of sightseeing, explore downtown's Pearl Street entertainment district. You'll also find restaurants and clubs concentrated in the Madison Avenue, Lark Street, and Delaware Avenue areas.
Recurring Festivals and Events
Albany's Dutch heritage is celebrated in May at the Tulip Festival, timed to coincide with the thousands of tulips that bloom in historic Washington Park. The New York State Fourth of July Celebration at Empire State Plaza features the largest fireworks display in the region. A full day of events includes live music and a naturalization ceremony.
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