Comfort Inn Latham - Albany North
981 New Loudon Road
Cohoes, NY 12047
Phone: (518) 785-0000
Fax: (518) 785-1285
The Albany Pine Bush Reserve is one of the few remaining inland pine barrens in the world. It is truly a work of nature created by the last Glacial flows, where this ecosystem harbors all types of flora and fauna. At the preserve, the counties of Albany and Schenectady have created a nature center that allows young and old alike to discover this treasure. There are plenty of recreational activities like cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and jogging, making it a great place to visit any time of year.
Washington Park is a one of the oldest parks in the entire United States. It was designated a park by city charter in 1686 and today it still remains a vibrant part of Albany. Designed by architects John Bogart and John Cuyler, the park with its lush green lawns, etched walkways and colorful flowers is a tranquil oasis downtown. This public park also serves as an entertainment venue and hosts variety of events like flower festivals, concerts, fund-raisers, ethnic festivals, and more.
If you are Downtown and just want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the government employees, try Hudson River Way and Riverfront Park. Go for a leisurely stroll, dock your boat, ride your bike, or relax in the 800-seat amphitheater. During the summer, enjoy the Alive at Five Thursday-evening concerts and in fall, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival takes place here. Open since 2002, this park offers plenty of events, a pedestrian bridge, great views of the city and the Hudson plus a chance to get to know the businesses in the lower part of Downtown.
Buckingham Lake Park is probably the most popular place to enjoy the water outside of the Hudson River while in the city of Albany. The lake is more of a pond, due to the fact that its depth is only three feet and surface area is five acres. Nonetheless, people love the pond in the winter when the water freezes up making it perfect for ice skates. Albany's citizens also use the space for cycling, jogging, walking the dog or just to lounge under one of the trees.
This course located in the town of Glenmont just south of Albany provides early tee times at great rates outside of the city. The course is designed for all ages, so it works as a great place to teach young golfers and beginning adults. Colonial Acres also has tournaments and it provides outreach programs for free in order to teach newcomers this great sport.
If you're a fan of the movie Seabiscuit, then it's time to get your head out of the clouds and into 'reel' life! Visit the Saratoga race course where there are facilities for steeplechases and horse racing. The track is only open from late July to early September, so if you're really into horses plan your vacation around this time. The course has eight restaurants so starvation is not something to worry about. Call for schedule updates.