Our 10k ‘runseeing’ tour of Albany takes in a nice variety, while capturing some of Albany’s important and historical highlights. Our loop includes the Capitol, Empire State Plaza, two parks, and a section of the waterfront. The route can be modified for longer or shorter. PRO TIP: Tulip festival in May — 100,000 tulips!
Start near the Capitol at The Egg, and head west through East and West Capitol Parks, with nice views of the Capitol and other historic state buildings. There’s a kiosk with a map of the area/ The next section is a ~ 1 mile loop of Washington Park, which features paths around a lake, sports fields, playgrounds, gardens & statues. Exiting the park, use Elm St. to head south to Lincoln Park, which has some fields and a public pool. Take Museum Rd. to head back to the Empire Plaza area, which is a must-see for what works and what doesn’t in urban planning. It was built over a period of 10 years for a cost of $2 billion. The next section is an optional ~1 mile waterfront jaunt. Take the the Hudson River Way pedestrian path off of Broadway to get to the water, with views to the D & H Building, a 6-section Gothic & Dutch-style former railway company building with a 13-story tower. At Jennings Landing, enjoy a waterfront path around the Corning City Preserve, then make your way back to the start.
Shorter Options: Can eliminate the Lincoln Park or the waterfront loop (each saves ~ 1 mile).
Longer Option: At Jennings Landing, can continue on paved Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail north for up to 5 miles.
- 6 miles (10 km) loop, with options for longer or shorter
- 345 feet (105m)
- The Egg