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The Albany Bucket List

Students, welcome to the Capital Region! Here are some things you MUST do before you graduate

by Metroland Staff on September 7, 2012 · 1 comment

Shut the Xbox off for the afternoon.


Take the bus to Lark Street.


Go to a rock show at Valentine’s.


Ice skate at the Empire State Plaza.


Ride the carousel at the New York State Museum.


Eat cheese fries out of a paper dog bowl at the tugboat roundup in Waterford on the weekend after Labor Day.

Hike the Indian Ladder Trail at Thacher Park.
Swim in the UAlbany fountain.

Sample Stewart’s region-specific ice cream flavors, especially the mysteriously addictive graham-cracker flavored Crumbs Along the Mohawk.

Check out pretty much anything at EMPAC.
Tour the replica Halfmoon when it’s at port in Albany.


Ride the mechanical bull at the City Beer Hall.


Experience a 1920s-style burlesque show first Friday evenings at Ristorante Paradiso in Albany, or Scooter Pie at Midnight (aka SPAM) at Valentine’s on the third Saturday of the month.

Take an Amtrak train to Montreal, taking in the gorgeous Lake Champlain scenery along the way.
View Cohoes Falls in the Spring.


Get mostly naked and dash down Lark Street in the Santa Speedo Sprint.


Celebrate Beltane by watching a Pokingbrook Morris dance performance at dawn on May 1 by Washington Park’s Moses statue.

Challenge your friends to a hot-dog-eating contest at Famous Lunch in Troy.


Pick apples, sample fresh cider donuts, and coo over cute baby animals at Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont.

Walk the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail from Delmar to Slingerlands and stop for ice cream at the historic Toll Gate Restaurant.

Take the Double Happiness Bus to NYC.


Check out the large-scale modern art in the Empire State Plaza Councourse.


Get lost in Albany Rural Cemetary looking for President Chester Arthur’s grave.


Take a walk along the Normanskill.


Hit for the cycle by scoring the birthday freebies at all the Baumgartner establishments.


Take the October ghost tour of the Capitol.


Attend a student-discount or pay-what-you-will show at Capital Repertory Theater.

Get claustrophobic in the indoor caving system at the Albany Indoor Rock Gym.


Put on your 19th-century best for the Troy Victorian Stroll.

See a show at Caffe Lena, the oldest continuously operating coffee house in the country.

Sample cheese at the Honest Weight Food Co-op.


Hang out for a morning at the Troy Farmers Market.


Haggle over something kitschy at the World’s Largest Garage Sale in Warrensburg at the end of September.


Browse art galleries at Albany First Friday.


Listen to free jazz at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy.

Watch a cricket match in Lincoln Park.

Eat a mint chocolate brownie while you watch a movie at the Spectrum 8 Theaters.


Contradance at the Dance Flurry Festival in Saratoga in February.


Fix up a bike from the Troy Bike Rescue and ride it home.


Ride that bike at the monthly Troy Critical Mass.


Take a picnic to the sculpture park at Art OMI.


Eat something you can’t pronounce from the Asian Supermarket on Central Avenue.


Tour the Living Walls murals.


Get rowdy at a roller derby bout with the Hellions of Troy or the Albany All Stars.


Play dodgeball at the Washington Avenue Armory.


Climb at least one of the 46 Adirondack High Peaks.


Wander Schenectady’s historic Stockade neighborhood.


Climb Vroman’s Nose in Schoharie County.


Drink the water from the spigot on Spring Street in Troy.


Go to the mineral baths in Saratoga and check out the “Breathing Hole.”


Read Metroland every week.


Leave your mark: Start a pickup frisbee game, project a movie on the side of a building, organize a flash mob, get angry about something in Albany and fix it—because that’s the only way this list can grow.


Get on it. Four years will go by like a flash.