The city of Troy in New York’s Capital Region is perfectly located – 2.5 hours from Boston, 3.5 from Montreal, and an easy, beautiful 2.5 hour train ride along the Hudson River from New York City. Nestled right on the east shore of the Hudson River, the famous Collar City has had its ups and downs but is thriving once again and perhaps more than ever. Downtown Troy has been reborn into a hip, little city with brand new attractions as well as an old, historic side. Come see why people and movie companies are flocking to Troy as you explore the city via food tour, nature walk, local shops and make sure you get a photo at the iconic TROY, NY sign. Enjoy Troy!
Crailo State Historic Site
Suggested time: 1pm
The Crailo Building was built in the early a18th century as the home of Hendrick Van Rensselaer. As this grand home was passed down through the generations, it was remodeled and wings of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Explore the Capital Region’s rich Dutch history with a guided tour offered on the hour 11-4 ($We 5 for adults, $4 for seniors, children under 12 are free).
*Combine your thicket with a Schuyler Mansion Historic Site tour ( learn about the Hamilton connection) on Thursdays and Saturdays for a few extra dollars!
Bike A Nature Trail
Suggested time: 3pm
The Capital Region blends nature and the city life perfectly and Downtown Troy has recently added CDPHP bikes so you can easily bike the pedestrian-friendly city for $5 an hour. Hop on a bike and enjoy Uncle Sam Trail located right next to the Hudson. The easy trail is 3.1 miles long and is a great way to add some exercise and nature to your vacation or staycation in Troy, NY.
Winery Happy Hour
Suggested time: 5 pm
Sabba Estate Vineyard, located on 383 Pitts Road, Old Chattham is an easy ½ hour drive from Downtown Troy. The vineyard was established in 2012. They are open for tastings from Friday – Sunday 12-8 pm. There is a food truck on site, a sculpture garden and a fire pit. They have music on Saturdays and Sundays.
Dinner At Tara Kitchen
Suggested time: 7 pm
If there’s a place you must go in Troy for dinner, it’s Tara Kitchen. The locally owned restaurant began serving up traditional Moroccan food in the neighboring city of Schenectady in 2012. In 2017, the owners expanded to Downtown Troy and were named the Best New Restaurant along with a string of other awards and accolades. Bring a taste of Morocco home with you on your upstate getaway in a jar of one of Tara Kitchen’s homemade sauces.
Suggested time: 10am
There’s no better way to get to know a new city or explore your hometown than a food tour. Taste of Troy Food Tours will show you the gems of Central Troy Historic District by way of its favorite local food, architecture and more on a 3 hour, 1.5 mile walk and progressive brunch that is sure to be deliciously entertaining. Gain insight into the Collar City’s history, the ups and the downs, and how food and drink plays an integral part in its revitalization.
There are 3 restaurant tastes and 3 tastes picked up from the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market. You will be guided through the farmers market and the tour ends in time to continue shopping at this award-winning, year round producers market. Tickets are $64 for adults, $44 for kids and the tour is accommodating to most dietary needs. Book a tour May-October as you plan for your trip. You don’t want to miss this experience.
Suggested time: 2pm
This museum is located on 59 Second Street in Troy.
One of their buildings is the Hart-Cluett mansion, featured on the National Historic Register.
The museum was selected as one of the few museums around the country to partner with the Smithsonian to host The Way We Worked traveling exhibit, which has been extended to December 2021.
Their hours are noon-5, Thursday – Saturday.
Suggested time: 4pm
This 120 acres small gentleman farm specializes in working with heritage and traditional live-stock breeds. They offer cabins and daily walks (from 11-4pm but are closed on Mondays). On Saturdays, they offer drinks from the bar and wood fired pizza from 4-11. Guests can explore the grounds too. Cast is $5 per person to enter, plus items purchased for food and drink.
275 Parker Rd.,
W. Sand Lake, NY 12196
Concert At The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Suggested time: 7pm
The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was designed and built in 1823 and operated as Troy’s banking offices until the early 20th century. In 1989, the beautiful music hall was named a National Historic Landmark. Catch a jazz show, symphony, or cabaret in the visually and historically rich Downtown Troy venue. It is renowned for its amazing acoustics.
Yoga In The Park
Time of Event: 9am
Get centered for free before you leave this mini oasis. Running from June 24 to August 26, work in a little weekend workout in Tory’s Riverfront Park. Yoga is an hour long and led by Heartspace Yoga in July and Lotus Wellness in August. With the park right on the river, the session is a perfect way to find some peace of mind, especially if you’re in the Upstate New York area for a getaway.
Hike Barberville Falls
Alternative Suggestion: 9am
This iconic waterfall on the western edge of the Rensselaer Plateau is a great representation of the natural treasures in Rensselaer County. This 140-acre preserve is an example of a robust hemlock northern hardwood forest. There are three different trails to explore.
23 Blue Factory Road
Brunch And Games At Bard & Baker
Suggested time: 11am
Those aren’t books lining the walls of Bard & Baker Board Game Cafe. This cafe provides you with a night of nostalgia and fun in their game room with over 600 board games! Entry is only $5 per person, and you can stay as long as you like while you enjoy fun, house-made treats. A bowl of Halloween candy popcorn ($5), home-baked pastries ($3-$5), and a craft cocktail like the sparkling strawberry lemonade ($8) is sure to be fun for all ages.
Walk The City
Suggested time: 3pm
Now that you’ve gotten a pretty good grasp on what Downtown Troy is all about, explore it for yourself! Walk the Oakwood Cemetery where there are gorgeous pieces of architecture including structures with Tiffany designed windows! Take a nature walk in Troy at the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve or browse the shops and restaurants of Monument Square. Have fun and enjoy Troy!
WAYS TO GET AROUND DOWNTOWN TROY
CDPHP bikes | cdphpcycle.com
Walking guide & map | Download guide
Best Western Plus | 1 Fourth Street
Courtyard by Marriott Albany Troy/Waterfront | 515 River Street
Olde Judge Mansion Bed & Breakfast | 3300 6th Avenue
Gardner Farm Inn | 59 Brunswick Road