Albany Outdoor Activities

Albany Outdoor ActivitiesNature lovers love Albany. With its picturesque Adirondack Mountains and Hudson River, it’s natural resources are heaven for outdoor enthusiasts. Our list is your path to great outdoor adventures from nature preserves to state parks; we’ve cleared you a path for tons of recreational fun.

Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center
Looking for an outdoor adventure? The Albany Pine Bush Preserve Discovery Center features interactive exhibits and activities about plants and animals native to the area. Plus there’s plenty of recreational fun from bird watching to hiking to jogging to horse back riding to mountain bike riding and more!

Address: 195 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 - MAP
Phone: (518) 456-0655
Web: www.albanypinebush.org

Washington Park
Tree-huggers unite outdoors at Albany’s Washington Park! Discover 84 acres of green space with more than 100 species of trees, including bonsai trees and looming oaks. The year-round park features an amphitheater, amazing man-made sculptures, water fountains and a pond, plus hike and bike trails and so much more.

Address: Madison Ave and Willet St, Albany, NY 12210 - MAP
Phone: (518) 434-2032
Web: www.albany.com

Park Playhouse
Twinkle, twinkle little star! The Park Playhouse is an outdoor summer theater that has produced free plays for more than 23 years in Albany’s Washington Park. Bring out lawn chairs for a night of entertainment under the stars to see acclaimed musicals like Cabaret and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

Address: 895 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207 - MAP
Phone: (518) 434-2035
Web: www.parkplayhouse.com

Henry Hudson Planetarium
Gaze into the universe! The Henry Hudson Planetarium is situated in the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center. Attendees watch shows that reach out into the stars to teach about astronomy and science with shows such as Star Sighting and Wonders of the Universe that make it easy to understand our solar system and planets.

Address: 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, New York 12207 - MAP
Web: albany.org

Adirondack Paddle 'N' Pole
Paddle your way to outdoor fun at Adirondack Paddle ‘n’ Pole, Albany’s premier one stop outdoors sports shop to rent or buy a canoe or kayak. These professionals will help you pick out your perfect water vehicle, provide lessons and help you book a kayak adventure tour.

Address: 2123 Central Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12304 - MAP
Phone: (518) 346-3180
Web: www.onewithwater.com

Calling all hikers! Pack your backpack and get ready for outdoor adventure. Discover a multitude of trails with spectacular and panoramic views of the Adirondack Mountains and the Hudson Valley when you trek across the John Boyd Thatcher Park. It’s located minutes outside of Albany and is a picture perfect park for nature photographers too!

Address: 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207 - MAP
Phone: (518) 402-8924
Web: nysparks.com