In Albany - Go to the State Capitol, The State Museum, See "The Egg" which is the State Theater. They are all within walking distance of each other downtown. Go to Lark Street for some shopping and nightlife. The Albany Tulip Festival is in May. Alive at 5 happens on Thursdays at the Riverfront Park in the Summer for music. Go to Jack's Oyster House for great food. If you have a car and have a day, travel North to Saratoga. You can see the Saratoga Battlefield, The Oldest Horse Racing Track in the United States, The Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Check out www.albany.org for a lot of information about the area. about 5 years ago
NYC - go to the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza the NBC HQ for a fantastic view of Manhattan. Take the ride to the top of the Empire State Building to see the city from one of the tallest buildings on the island. Go to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. See the Air & Space museum at the Intrepid which is an old aircraft carrier. Go to SALS in Little Italy for some great Italian food. See Broadway and see if you can see a show. Check the TKTS booth in Times Square for some last minute deals on tickets. Go to Macy's department store. Lincoln Center is great. Catch a game at Madison Square Garden. Go to the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, and the Guggenheim for great art. Check out the Museum of Natural History. Check out the Blue Note on 3rd street, still one of the finest Jazz venues in the world. Grand Central Station is worth a visit. Take a horse carriage ride around Central Park. And by all means go to the South Street Seaport. about 5 years ago