The official "Home of Uncle Sam," Troy, NY is also home to exciting public events, wonderful small business, and a unique variety of things to do. Everyone has their own personal favorite reason to visit Troy, but if you don't yet, read on.
These are some of Troy's most popular attractions in proximity to the Downtown Business Improvement District, offering diverse activities like historic tours, recreation, arts and cultural events, and much more. To learn more about places to go and things to do beyond Downtown, including the Frear Park Golf Course and the Burden Ironworks Museum, please visit the City of Troy's Visitor Page!
The Arts Center of the Capital Region /
265 River Street (518) 273-0552
The Captain J.P. Cruise Line /
278 River Street(518) 270-1901
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) EMPAC Building, 110 8th Street (518) 276-3921
The Hart-Cluett House / 57 2nd Street (518) 272-7232
Rensselaer County Historical Society /
57 2nd Street (518) 272-7232
Riverfront Park / Monument Square /
2nd Street and River Street
Troy Downtown Marina /
427 River Street (518) 892-3348
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall /
30 2nd Street (518) 273-8945
Troy Public Library – Main Branch / 100 2nd Street (518) 274-7071
Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market /
Saturdays 9am-2pm, Monument Square (May-Oct)/Atrium (Nov-Apr) (518) 708-4216
Samuel Wilson was born to Scottish parents in Arlington, Massachusetts. In 1789, he and his brother, Ebenezer, moved to Troy where they set a brick-making business and later, a meat-packing business.
At the time of the War of 1812, Wilson was a prosperous meat packer. He obtained a contract to supply beef to the Army, which he shipped in barrels. As government property, the barrels were branded with the initials "U.S.," but soldiers joked that the initials referred to "Uncle Sam," as Samuel Wilson was often called. Over time, anything marked with the same initials (as much Army property was) also became linked with his name.
After the War of 1812, the concept of "Uncle Sam" began to take hold. Representations of Uncle Sam as a symbol began appearing in 1813. In 1817, James Flagg created the iconic "I Want You" recruitment poster. In 1961, Congress officially recognized Samuel Wilson of Troy as the progenitor of the Uncle Sam icon, which has represented the United States around the world for more than a century and a half.
Samuel Wilson died in 1854 and was buried in Troy’s Mt. Ida Cemetery. In 1858 his son Benjamin bought a plot at Oakwood, where Samuel was re-interred. His wife, three of his children and two of his grandchildren are buried at Oakwood.
Tiffany stained glass windows can be found throughout Troy, appearing inside the Bush Memorial Hall on the Russell Sage campus, in the Troy Public Library, and, notably, inside St. Paul's Church on Third Street, the site of the conference. Those windows were created using a plethora of pioneering techniques. Whereas the details on stained glass windows had, up until that point, been primarily created by painting on colored glass panes, Tiffany Studios used the glass itself to create detail. Instead or painting the folds in a figure's robe, Tiffany artists would fold the glass to create the effect of folded clothing, a technique used to create what is known as drapery glass.
Amtrak offers service to the Albany-Rensselaer station from New York City, Boston, and Montreal. Fares start as low as $42 one way.
Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
525 East Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Albany Greyhound Bus Station
34 Hamilton Street, Albany, NY 12207
From the South (Albany, NY)
1. Take I-787 N
2. Take exit 8 for 23rd St toward Watervliet/Green Island 0.2 mi
3. Turn right at Hudson Ave 210 ft
4. Continue onto Lower Hudson Ave 0.3 mi
5. Slight right at Eastview Dr 276 ft
6. Continue onto Albany Ave 115 ft
7. Continue onto Green Island Bridge 0.3 mi
8. Turn first right onto River St. 0.2 mi
9. Turn right to stay on River Street, destination will be on the right 500 ft
From the North (Saratoga Springs, NY)
1. Take I-87 S 18.3 mi
2. Take exit 7 to merge onto NY-7 E toward Troy/Cohoes 5.3 mi
3. Take the exit toward 6th Ave 0.3 mi
4. Slight right onto 6th Ave. 0.2 mi
5. Turn Right onto Federal St 0.1 mi
6. Take the 2nd left onto River St 0.2 mi
7. Turn right to stay on River St., destination will be on the right 0.1 mi
From the West (Syracuse, NY)
1. Take I-90 E toward Albany Toll road
2. Take exit 1N to merge onto I-87 N toward Albany International Airport/Montreal Partial toll road 6.4 mi
3. Take exit 7 for New York 7 E toward Troy/Cohoes 0.3 mi
4. Merge onto NY-7 4.1 mi
5. Take the exit toward 6th Ave 0.3 mi
6. Slight right at 6th Ave 0.2 mi
7. Turn right at Federal St 0.1 mi
8. Take the 2nd left onto River St 0.2 mi
9. Turn right to stay on River St, destination on the right 0.1 mi
From the East (Springfield, MA)
1. Take I-90 W Toll road
2. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for I-90 W/Albany and merge onto I-90 W Toll road Entering New York 63.2 mi
3. Take exit B1 to merge onto I-90 W toward US-9/Albany/Hudson Partial toll road 14.0 mi
4. Take exit 6A to merge onto I-787 N toward Troy 4.9 mi
5. Take exit 8 for 23rd St toward Watervliet/Green Island 0.2 mi
6. Turn right at Hudson Ave 210 ft
7. Continue onto Lower Hudson Ave 0.3 mi
8. Slight right at Eastview Dr 276 ft
9. Continue onto Albany Ave 115 ft
10. Continue onto Green Island Bridge 0.3 mi
11. Take first right onto River St 0.2mi
12. Turn right to stay on River Street, Destination will be on the right 500ft
CDTA operates local and express bus service throughout the Capital District. For schedules, maps and fare information, click below!
Parking in the Central Business District is limited to two (2) hours from 9:00am-5:00pm and four (4) hours in the areas designated by metered pay stations. There are also approximately 1,000 parking spots in the City’s 7 parking garages located on Fifth Avenue & Broadway, First Street next to the YWCA, Congress Street & Fifth Avenue, Front Street behind The Arts Center, State & River Streets, and River Street next to the Green Island Bridge. Parking is free on nights and weekends in City of Troy parking garages and lots. A map of the available parking locations can be found here.