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Things to do in Rensselaer

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Local Government Office
“The New York State Capitol is just a beautiful place both inside and outside. Tours are available easily and information about the Capital is easily found on the NYS website. ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“It’s part of the amazing downtown Albany cultural offerings near the convention center and museum. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Known for its beautiful architecture and big-name talent, the Palace regularly welcomes touring musicians and groups in its historic space.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Home to world-class performing arts and events, the Times Union is an entertainment staple for the Capital Region.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“You can also get breakfast here - from 11-3 - on weekends along with the hair of the dog that bit you.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Soccer bar and German beer garden in downtown Albany. This place is awesome!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great drinks, good vibes, and in-house music make this bar-restaurant a go-to destination for a night on the town. Adjacent to the Palace Theater, the Hollow is also a great place for dinner before a show. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“We own this restaurant! 😏 Franco is head chef where he makes homemade pasta, cured meats & other Italian delicacies! 🇮🇹🍝”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
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“We love their selection of English beers and the food is just the comfort food you need when you dream of mashy pees! Their back patio is beautiful in the warmer seasons but the fireplace inside is nice to hang by in the winter. Fun fact, this is located in one of the oldest buildings in Albany!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Great place to put the kayak in the water or go for a walk, jog, or bike north towards Troy.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Brewery
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“It's got great beer and tasty, slightly unique pub food. Nice, open, wood interior.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Third generation-owned restaurant; warm atmosphere, classic menu, fabulous martinis!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Walkable. Friendly place with great food. Good music. They serve lunch too.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing Mexican fusion food. Awesome decor. During the summer, fun outdoor seating area.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“This High Rise office bldg has a FREE observatory deck on the 42 floor where you can see for miles around. Great views of the Hudson and the city center.”
  • 2 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Great drinks, good vibes, and in-house music make this bar-restaurant a go-to destination for a night on the town. Adjacent to the Palace Theater, the Hollow is also a great place for dinner before a show. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“We own this restaurant! 😏 Franco is head chef where he makes homemade pasta, cured meats & other Italian delicacies! 🇮🇹🍝”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pub
“We love their selection of English beers and the food is just the comfort food you need when you dream of mashy pees! Their back patio is beautiful in the warmer seasons but the fireplace inside is nice to hang by in the winter. Fun fact, this is located in one of the oldest buildings in Albany!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Brewery
“It's got great beer and tasty, slightly unique pub food. Nice, open, wood interior.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“Third generation-owned restaurant; warm atmosphere, classic menu, fabulous martinis!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Walkable. Friendly place with great food. Good music. They serve lunch too.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing Mexican fusion food. Awesome decor. During the summer, fun outdoor seating area.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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