Stretching for more than 30 miles along the scenic Hudson River, Rensselaer County is a mix of New England independence and close-knit communities in its picturesque 665 square miles. Just minutes from the bustle of the county seat in Troy, also known as the historic “Collar City,” are thriving suburbs and unspoiled countryside, including thousands of acres of parks and scores of lake and ponds.
Recreational activities abound with every season, from golf, fishing and hiking to skiing, skating and more. Arts centers and museums, as well as live performances, all thrive in Rensselaer County’s cultural climate. Like to shop? Stroll along downtown storefronts for unique gifts and exotic finds or explore wayside country stores and antique dealers for that one-of-a-kind gifts and collectibles. Whether you’re a gourmet or like to eat on the go, you find the perfect dining experience among out eclectic mix of cafes, eateries and award winning restaurants. Orchards, pick-your-own farms, farmers markets and family farms provide the backdrop for a scenic landscape. Buy local produce directly from the grower throughout the year at the popular Troy Waterfront Farmers Market held every Saturday. Fall festivals, corn mazes, hayrides, ziplines will entertain you. Rensselaer County has played a key role in American history from early Dutch settlers to the American Revolution, the Underground Railroad, Civil War and the Industrial Revolution and of course Uncle Sam. Troy has more Tiffany Windows per square mile than any other place and the many intact brownstones and Victorian architecture have proven the perfect backdrop for many Hollywood on the Hudson moments. The secret is out! Every season in Rensselaer County offers unique events and one of kind attractions to peak your interest.