Known as the "Home of Uncle Sam” and the “Collar City,” the city of Troy, New York is also home to a unique array of things to do for both visitors and locals alike, many wonderful small businesses, and numerous public events. Troy is full of historic sites, a vibrant culture and arts scene, exciting events along the Hudson River, outdoor recreation, museums, sports, delicious food, the burial site of “Uncle Sam,” and much more. There’s plenty to do in the city for people of all ages. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Joe Bruno Stadium
The Joe Bruno Stadium in the city of Troy, New York is the home field of the minor league Tri-City ValleyCats baseball team, which is part of the historic New York-Penn baseball league. Situated on the Hudson Valley Community College campus, the ballpark is located in the middle of the Capital Region of New York’s tri-city area, which is made up of Troy, Schenectady, and Albany, hence the name “Tri-CIty ValleyCats.” Every year, the Joe Bruno Stadium is home to more than thirty baseball games that take place between the month of June and the month of September.
80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-629-2287
2.Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York
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The Oakwood Cemetery in the northeastern part of the city of Troy is a rural, non-sectarian cemetery that was established back in 1848 as a response to New England’s growing rural cemetery movement. The cemetery consists of about twenty-nine miles of roads, around sixty thousand graves, twenty-four mausolea, a crematorium, a chapel, two residential buildings, and four man-made lakes. It’s also known for its rolling lawns and dense foliage, and was listed in 1984 on the National Register of Historic Places. Oakwood remains as one of the “most well-preserved and distinguished nineteenth-century rural cemeteries” in the state of New York.
50 101st St, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-272-7520
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3.Tri-City ValleyCats, Troy, New York
The Tri-City ValleyCats of New York’s Capital District are a staple for the summer months in Troy, New York, providing entertainment for people of all ages who love an old-fashioned, good baseball game, or even those who may not be die-hard fans. Tri-City ValleyCats games offer much more than just a baseball game, including a variety of promotions, entertainment, and attractions. The “Kids Zone” offers an entertaining space for children with its Bouncy Bounce inflatables, Speed Pitch, and other games. There’s also Sunday Funday, post-game base running, and the pre-game catch-and-stretch among several other game day activities.
80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-629-2287
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4.Hart Cluett Museum, Troy, New York
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The Hart Cluett Museum is a white marble house among the many nineteenth-century townhouses within the downtown Historic District of Troy. The building has been carefully cared for since it was originally built back in the year 1827. The Hart Cluett Museum today acts as a history museum from a cultural and architectural significance to life in America. While its contemporaries in New York City have been destroyed, the historic Hart Cluett House continues to exemplify the shift in Troy, New York from a commercial to an industrial economic base, offering a look at more than 125 years of private use.
57 2nd St, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-272-7232
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5.EMPAC - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York
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The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, or EMPAC, is located at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a place where technology, sciences, and art comes together under one roof. Four excellent venues enable researchers, artists, and audiences to inquire, experience, develop, and experiment with the constantly changing relationship between the world around them, technology, and their senses. The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center runs an artist-in-residence program and hosts numerous performances and screenings throughout the year that both visitors and locals alike can attend. The center is also home to Evelyn’s Cafe, open daily for lunch and before events.
110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-276-3921
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6.The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (The Junior Museum)
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The Children's Museum of Science and Technology, also known as CMOST or The Junior Museum, is home to numerous activities and exhibits that are designed for kids eighteen months to tweens with play and scientific discovery in mind. The children’s museum provides an opportunity for them to use these essential learning tools to learn more about themselves and other people, as well as the world and environment around them through play. Exhibits at the Children's Museum of Science and Technology include Nature Place, Sensory Science, Tinker Space, Nano Exploration; Sun, Earth, Universe; Fossils to Energy, Kinetics, and the Discovery Room.
250 Jordan Rd, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-235-2120
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7.Houston Field House, Troy, New York
The Houston Field House at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a multi-use arena and the third oldest college hockey rink in the United States after the Hobey Baker Memorial Rink at Princeton University and the Matthews Arena at Northeastern University. The Houston Field House is also the second oldest hockey arena within the ECAC Hockey League, right after Princeton University’s hockey rink. On the Field House’s western wall are the banners honoring the championship wins for the AWCHA, ECAC, and the NCAA, while the “America’s Pep Band” is positioned along the eastern wall during hockey games.
1900 Peoples Ave, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-276-6262
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8.Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy, New York
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The Burden Iron Works Museum along the Wynantskill Creek and the Hudson River in the city of Troy was once an industrial and iron works complex. It formerly housed the Burden Water Wheel, which was the most powerful “vertical water wheel” in the history of the industry. It’s a widely believed story the the inventor of the “Ferris Wheel,” George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., had occasionally observed the water wheel during his time as a student at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Burden Iron Works Museum is now open from 10:00am until 6:00pm most weekdays, as well as by appointment.
1 E Industrial Pkwy, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-274-5267
9.PhotoCenter, Troy, New York
The PhotoCenter of the Capital District, of the PhotoCenter Gallery, in Troy, New York exhibits an array of imagery, which includes photography by both international and regional photographers, work by the center’s members, themed exhibitions, and contemporary images. Also on display at the PhotoCenter are numerous historical cameras, in addition to photographs, that date back over one hundred years. The store offers gently used equipment for purchase, including cameras, lenses, and printers. For photographers, the PhotoCenter houses a shooting studio with various lighting setups, props, and backgrounds, and a library focused on photography and art, which includes a research/reading floor.
404 River St, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-273-0100
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10.Prospect Park, Troy, New York
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The city-owned and maintained Prospect Park in Troy, New York is one of the city’s three major parks. Consisting of around eighty acres once owned by the Warren Family and deeded to the city in 1902, the park is open to the public every year from the beginning of April through the beginning of November. Prospect Park consists of numerous recreational areas and facilities, including nature trails, a picnic pavilion, spray pool, comfort station, a soccer field, a softball field, playgrounds, two basketball courts, four handball courts, and fourteen tennis courts. Visitors can find eight parking areas around the park.
65 Prospect Park Road, Troy NY 12180, Phone: 518-235-7761
11.Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy, NY
The Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant provides nationally acclaimed barbeque to the community of Troy, New York, offering award-winning sauces and food that have been featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network, and Good Morning America, as well as in the Eating Well and Men’s Health magazines. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que serves high quality, homemade, fresh food, along with genuine hospitality, priding itself on being a fun place to sample some of the country’s best barbeque. The menu at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is rooted firmly in Southern barbeque traditions, but other influences shape the flavors, giving the food here its own unique and distinct character.
377 River St, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-308-0400
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12.Verdile's Restaurant, Troy, New York
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Verdile's Restaurant is the city of Troy’s longest standing Italian-American, multi-generational restaurant. It provides a cozy, nostalgic atmosphere in addition to affordable, quality, and consistent dishes. Verdile's Restaurant makes sure to keep Italian tradition and is run by the family’s third generation, priding itself on delivering attentive, black-tie service that’s reminiscent of days past, making guests feel like they have stepped back in time. The restaurant also strives to be a “neighborhood place” with a mission of attracting and accommodating families to make the dining establishment “their place.” Verdile's Restaurant is open from 3:00pm until 8:30pm, Thursday to Monday.
572 2nd Avenue, Troy, NY 12182, Phone: 518-235-8879
13.The Ruck, Troy, New York
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The “premier craft beer destination” of New York’s Capital District, The Ruck offers a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and a continuously rotating selection of draught craft beer. While The Ruck is a bar, guests will often find the place patronized by families during the earlier part of the evening. The beer list here is extensive, while the food menu features numerous delicious and creative options, including small plates, flatbread, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wings, and more, as well as a late night menu. The Ruck is open at 11:00am Wednesday to Sunday and 4:00pm Monday and Tuesday.
104 3rd Street, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-273-1872
14.Slidin' Dirty, Troy, New York
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Slidin' Dirty is considered to be the premier gourmet food truck in the Capital Region of New York State. The food truck turned full-service restaurant serves gourmet sliders, signature cocktails, and craft beer from 10:00am until 10:00pm on Sundays, 11:00am until 10:00pm on Mondays, 11:00am until 11:00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and from 11:00am until midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Slidin' Dirty started out as a gourmet slider food truck in 2012, voted in 2013 as one of the country’s top ten food trucks, as well as featured on Live with Kelly and Michael.
9 First Street, Troy, NY 12180, Phone: 518-326-8492
14 Best Things to Do in Troy, New York
- Joe Bruno Stadium, Photo: StefanoT/stock.adobe.com
- Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, New York, Photo: Oakwood Cemetery
- Tri-City ValleyCats, Troy, New York, Photo: ccestep8/stock.adobe.com
- Hart Cluett Museum, Troy, New York, Photo: Hart Cluett Museum
- EMPAC - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Troy, New York, Photo: EMPAC - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
- The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (The Junior Museum), Photo: The Children's Museum of Science and Technology (The Junior Museum)
- Houston Field House, Troy, New York, Photo: .shock/stock.adobe.com
- Burden Iron Works Museum, Troy, New York, Photo: Hudson Mohawk Industrial Gateway
- PhotoCenter, Troy, New York, Photo: Iryna/stock.adobe.com
- Prospect Park, Troy, New York, Photo: Prospect Park
- Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Troy, NY, Photo: Andrey/stock.adobe.com
- Verdile's Restaurant, Troy, New York, Photo: Verdile's Restaurant
- The Ruck, Troy, New York, Photo: The Ruck
- Slidin' Dirty, Troy, New York, Photo: Slidin' Dirty
- Cover Photo: Christopher Boswell/stock.adobe.com
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