Staying in Warrensburg? Check Out Downtown Albany

Waiting in New York along the shores of Lake Georgia is the town of Warrensburg. This quiet hamlet offers calm days and charming scenery. It's a collection of coasts and antiquities, certain to satisfy, but those wishing for variety may turn instead to downtown Albany. Spend the day immersed in perfection. BBOnline recommends these four attractions that are sure to please.

Schuyler Mansion Historic Site
32 Catherine Street
Albany, New York 12202-1605
(518) 434-0834
www.nysm.nysed.gov/albany/loc/schuylermansion.html

Constructed in 1762, the Schuyler Mansion has long since been named one of the grandest homes in Albany. Guests can see that title earned through beautifully restored rooms and architectural wonders. Offering pre-Revolutionary design, it's unrivaled in its elegance or uniqueness. Hours will be needed to tour this massive structure, but the time will be well spent. Leave your Warrensburg inn and allow yourself to discover history. It should be known, however, that this is one of the city's most popular destinations. Reservations are suggested, especially for groups.

Albany Palace Theater
19 Clinton Avenue
Albany, New York 12207-2211
(518) 465-3334
www.palacealbany.com

While downtown Albany is soaked in culture, few attractions can meet the standard set by the Palace Theater. Began as a defiance of the Great Depression in 1931, it has remained an always-changing experience, refusing to submit to economical pressures or strifes. From vaudeville to cinema, it's hosted all forms of art. With its sweeping ceilings and velvet drapes, it's not to be ignored. All events and schedules should be coordinated with the box office. Ticket prices will vary. Doors open one hour before each show and all visitors are encouraged to arrive early.

Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12210-2296
(518) 463-4478
www.albanyinstitute.org

From your Warrensburg bed and breakfast, seek out true design. The Albany Institute of History and Art houses more than 20,000 pieces in its permanent collections (with many others exchanged throughout the year). Its paintings, ceramics, furnishings and period clothing represent the evolution of New York, while its library offers 140,000 texts for research. It's an invaluable resource that must be experienced. Enter the impressive stone building and discover one of the most prized museums in the United States. It's ideal for children and adults alike. The Institute is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The library is open from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. No reservations are required.

New York State Museum
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, New York 12230
(518) 474-5843
www.nysm.nysed.gov

With more than 750,000 visitors each year, there is no doubt that the New York State Museum is one of Albany's favored attractions. Boasting an incomparable collection of artifacts and archives, it allows guests to explore the history of the state. From fossils of ancient creatures to the modern tragedy of the World Trade Towers, the complex offers an unflinching (and always fascinating) insight. With research centers devoted to biological and anthropological study, it is forever granting its guests the chance to learn. It will amaze. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Let downtown Albany delight with its variety and its significance. History is found easily and never disappoints.