New York’s capitol city may be small, but Albany is not without its points of interest. Take for example the Empire State Plaza, home of “The Egg”, the plaza’s life performance theater where visitors can see theater or dance. The New York State Museum has many interesting exhibits concerning the region’s political, cultural and natural history. The Albany Institute of History & Art has some excellent paintings by artists from the Hudson River School, like Thomas Cole and Asher Durand.
Outdoor adventurers may find the Albany Pine Bush Preserve intriguing. These 3,010 acres of preserved sand plain, with its thick scrub, wild flowers, prairie grass and pitch pine, are part of a rare inland pine barren ecosystem. The Preserve is home to 20 rare or endangered species of flora and fauna, including the Hognosed Snake, the Spadefoot Toad and wild Blue Lupines, flowers critical to the survival of the federally endangered Karner Blue Butterfly. Hiking and hunting are permitted in the Preserve, providing proper procedures are observed.