Troy is part of New York's progressive Tech Valley region, where rural charm, urban excitement, and cutting-edge science attract visitors year-round in pursuit of the best in outdoor recreation, arts and entertainment, and world-class research and education facilities.
Below is a list of museums and other attractions that may be of interest to LS13 attendees and Accompanying Persons. If you are interested in visiting any of these attractions, please e-mail Vic Roberts at LS13@robertsresearchinc.com. If there is enough interest, the LS13 Committee may organize a bus or provide a guide for an outing.
Outdoor attractions, such as the Storm King Sculpture Gardens, are weather dependent, and can be replaced with an indoor venue such as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum at Hyde Park, in the event of rain.
Attractions in Troy, Albany, Schenectady and Saratoga Springs can be reached by public bus, but Schenectady and Saratoga Springs involve multiple busses and long trips. New York City and other locations in the Hudson River Valley can be reached by a combination of bus, train (Amtrak) and local taxi. All other attractions will require a car or taxi. All distances are measured from the LS13 venue, the RPI Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) using Google Maps.
Captain JP Cruises - 0.8 miles
On the Hudson River
The Arts Center of the Capital Region - 0.9 miles
Washington Park - 0.9 miles
Albany, NY - 9 miles from Troy
Dutch Apple Cruises (bus)
On the Hudson River
New York State Museum (bus)
WWII Destroyer Escort
Times Union Center
June 28 and 29 - Roger Waters - The Wall, Live
Rensselaer, NY – 10 miles from Troy
Crailo Historical Site
Museum of Colonial New Netherland history in the upper Hudson Valley
Schenectady, NY - 17 miles from Troy
Edison Tech Center
Historical General Electric artifacts. Limited Hours
Glenville, NY - 23 miles from Troy
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Stillwater, NY – 24 miles from Troy
Saratoga National Historical Park
Here in the autumn of 1777, American forces met, defeated and forced a major British army to surrender.
Saratoga Springs, NY - 30 miles from Troy
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 23 - The Beach Boys
June 26 - Demi Lovanto
June 29 - Brad Paisley
June 30 and July 1 - Saratoga Jazz Festival
Bennington, Vermont - 32 miles from Troy
The Berkshires, Western Massachusetts - 33 to 46 miles from Troy
The Clark - Williamstown, MA - 33 miles
Impressionist, American and Old Master paintings in galleries bordered by 140 acres of woodland trails. Dynamic family events and exhibitions.
Williamstown Theater Festival - 33 miles
June 26 to July 14 – The Importance of Being Earnest
Hancock Shaker Village - Pittsfield, MA - 34 miles
Enjoy a day at the historic Shaker Village. Tours, demonstrations and family fun! Gardens and trails, gift shop and café. Kids 12 and under are free.
MASS MoCA - North Adams, MA - 38 miles
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Open year round and housed in a restored 19th century factory, it is the country's largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts.
Tanglewood, MA - 45 miles
Summer home of the Boston Symphony
June 23 – Diana Krall
June 28 and 29 - Mark Morris Dance Group
June 30 - A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
July 1 - Tanglewood Music Center: Brass Extravaganza
July 1 - String Quartet Marathon
Naumkeag House and Gardens - Stockbridge, MA - 46 miles
Site of the famous Blue Steps and gardens, designed by Fletcher Steele and the 1864 Choate family mansion. Original art and furnishings.
Norman Rockwell Museum - Stockbridge, MA - 46 miles
Experience Norman Rockwell's original paintings and discover changing exhibitions of other masters of illustration.
Chesterwood - Stockbridge, MA - 46 miles
Country home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French, sculptor of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. Tours/exhibitions/shop/views. Kids free.
The Mount - 55 miles
Edith Wharton's Home
Esperance, NY - 39 miles from Troy
Hudson, NY – 42 miles
Olana State Historic Site
Estate of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church
Howes Cave, NY - 47 miles from Troy
Glens Falls, NY - 49 miles from Troy
Six Flags - Great Escape
Manchester, Vermont – 50 miles from Troy
Lee, NY - 53 miles from Troy
Lake George, NY - 54 miles from Troy
Fort William Henry Museum – Lake George
French and Indian Wars, 1754 to 1763, venue in story "Last of the Mohicans"
Hyde Park, NY – 75 miles from Troy
Cooperstown, NY – 80 miles from Troy
Springfield, MA - 90 miles from Troy
Adirondack Park, NY and environs - 95+ miles from Troy
Fort Ticonderoga - 95 to 108 miles
American Revolutionary War
Lake Placid Olympic Center - 134 miles
Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway - 142 miles
Drive most of the way to the top of a 4867- foot high mountain, and walk the rest of the way to the top
New Windsor, NY – 101 Miles from Troy
Storm King Arts Center
500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands with a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time
Woodbury, NY - 110 miles from Troy
Sturbridge, MA - 119 miles from Troy
Purchase, NY – 150 miles from Troy
The Donald M Kendall Sculpture Gardens
Collection of 45 pieces of outdoor sculpture at the PepsiCo world headquarters in Purchase, New York. The collection includes work from major modern sculptors including Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder and Alberto Giacometti.
New York City - 159 miles from Troy
Mid-town Manhattan is a 2 hours and 20 minute ride on Amtrak from the Albany/Rensselaer station. Trains run about once an hour for most of the day, with some trains two hours apart. Sit on the West side of the train, right side going to New York, and left side returning to Albany, for great views of the Hudson Valley. Train information is available at www.amtrak.com. The New York station is code NYP, and Albany is code ALB.
New York City is also accessible by Greyhound bus from Albany. The bus ride is 2 hours and 50 minutes long, and brings you right into Times Square. More information about busses can be found at www.greyhound.com.