One of the many benefits of living in the Albany area is first hand access to the many public parks in the Capital Region that you can enjoy no matter the season. In the summertime, these New York State Parks that are filled with endless outdoor recreational opportunities like hiking, sports, swimming, and picnicking. And in the wintertime, many of these parks offer trails to delight cross-country skiers and snowshoers (in addition to providing ample snow space for snow angels and snowman building)!
5 Great Public Parks Near Albany NY
Below we’ve listed five great parks that are all a short drive away from Albany Lofts at One Broadway:
Washington Park in Downtown Albany
Nature lovers will appreciate the beautiful grounds of Washington Park spanning 84 acres in Albant’s city proper near Central Avenue. This park contains over 100 species of trees including exotic-looking bonsai trees, and has been a hotspot for birdwatchers in recent years for the diversity of species these trees attract. The park is also home to The Tulip Festival, held every year since 1949 in the summer months, where guests can see the blossoming of 200,000+ tulips throughout the park. It’s a sight to be seen!
Buckingham Lake Park in West Albany
If you’re looking for a scenic, peaceful park to relax in, Buckingham Lake Park in the Buckingham Lake district of Western Albany is the park for you. A lesser-known but equally beautiful Albany park, quaint Buckingham Lake Park has a quiet atmosphere, perfect for taking in the views of Buckingham Lake and the fountains along the grounds. This is a great park to bring children to, with picnic tables, a great playground, and families of ducks and geese to watch. You can even fish in the lake!
Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, NY
Just a 45 minute drive north on I-87, the Saratoga Spa State Park in the historically charming town of Saratoga Springs is a delightful trip down memory lane. Spanning 2,379-acres, this expansive park has a lot to do and see on its grounds, including walking trails, museums, geysers, and The Saratoga Performing Arts Center, not forgetting the historic mineral springs, classical bath and spa houses that drew visitors from all over the globe to Saratoga in the 19th Century. See our itinerary for a lovely day trip to Saratoga.
Lincoln Park in Downtown Albany
Just south of Washington Park closer to Empire State Plaza is Lincoln Park. Most known by locals for its large public swimming pool that can accommodate 300 people, Lincoln Park is divided into two parts–upper and lower–both of which will delight those looking to stay active. Lincoln Park has numerous sports courts including tennis courts, basketball courts, handball courts, and baseball fields, in addition to a youth fitness center and several playgrounds.
Thacher State Park in Voorheesville, NY
15 miles southwest of Albany, Thacher State Park is a sight to be seen, situated along the Helderberg Escarpment–a series of picturesque limestone cliffs that also happen to be one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. There’s over 25 miles of trails to explore, suitable for summer hikers and mountain bikers and winter skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers. Be sure to take the kids to the onsite Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center for nature exhibits and hands-on activities for a day of learning!
Experience all that Albany, NY has to offer!
The Capital Region has some of the most beautiful parks in all of New York State. If you’re considering moving to the Albany, NY region or just a local nature lover, be sure to bookmark this page for future use!