When it comes to finding things to do, we really lucked out living in Albany. The capital of New York has a lot to offer in these summer months from entertainment to history. Roland J. Down Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning is here to highlight a few things that those of us living in Albany don’t want to miss this summer.

·       Stroll around the Farmer’s Market – Take a trip to the Empire State Plaza and enjoy the weather while picking up goodies at the Farmer’s Market. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday starting in May and lasting through October. Stop over during your lunch hour!

·       View a piece of history at the capitol – When you combine free and history, it’s always a good thing. The New York State Capitol is a landmark with architectural magnificence that you won’t want to miss. There are guided tours during the business week and visitors can also go on a self-guided audio tour.

·       Watch performances at the Park Playhouse – The Park Playhouse has two productions for Albany this summer with Singing in the Rain in July and The Pajama Game in August. A perfect summer night out!

·       History lesson at New York State Museum – If you want a good lesson on the history of our state, the New York State Museum is the place to go to learn more. It’s the nation’s oldest and largest state museum. And with permanent and rotating exhibits, there is always a reason to return.

·       Get some fresh air at the Washington Park – Round up the family and get out of the house! Stroll through 84 acres of one of the most beautiful and well-maintained parks in the Capital Region. You can bike, walk, run, fish or have a picnic. Check the calendar for events at the amphitheater, which hosts performances throughout the year.

·       Experience quality performances at The EggThe Egg is the Empire State Plaza’s Center for the Performing Arts and offers an intimate venue for experience some of the finest cultural performances. It’s a unique and impressive view both close up and far away.

·       Eat up at the New York State Food Festival – Mark your calendars for August 12 to head to the Plaza where you can check out food and beer from New York producers. There are nearly 100 food vendors to choose from while you enjoy a day of live musical entertainment.

·       Get you cultural fix at Albany Institute of History & Art – One of the oldest museums in the United States, showcasing historical items and art from the Upper Hudson Valley for more than 200 years. You can explore on your own and sign up to have a tour guide show you around.

·       Hit the road on U.S. Route 20 – If you feel like going for a little drive, U.S. Route 20 is a great option to take in some of the view of our community in Albany. There are plenty of stores and restaurants along the way, so you can pull over to take a break. 

·       Wind down at the Albany Distilling Company – The Albany Distilling Company is a great place to learn more about the distilling process. Book a tour and watch the process of producing craft spirits.