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What to Do and Where to Go on a Day Trip to Troy

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The happening riverside city is a must-visit for local history, gourmet grub, and endless things to do in the Hudson Valley.

Troy is one of those places that has the best of both worlds. On the one hand, it’s a hotbed for history, thanks in part to its proximity to Albany and its abundance of local landmarks. On the other, it’s a burgeoning destination for movers and shakers who come to start businesses, cowork with like minded innovators, and open one-of-a-kind concept eateries.

It’s easy to see the appeal. After all, Troy is smack dab on the Hudson River and packed with parks and entertainment options. With such an abundance of spots to visit in town, we thought it best to compile a guide to help you work your way through it all. If you go, don’t forget to tag us @hudsonvalleymag on Instagram!

9 a.m. – Eat an Insta-worthy breakfast at Liza’s

Liza’s is the best of Brooklyn smoothie bars without the hassle of subway treks and crowded sidewalks. The dairy-free, gluten-free, organic, and plant-based shop has everything a health nut or on-trend foodie could crave. Supercharge your day with a Cinna-Bun smoothie, made from oats, plant-based vanilla protein, dates, cinnamon, and maca, or customize your own acai bowl with trail mix, nut butter, and coconut. To drink, sip on Fat for FUEL, a twist on bulletproof coffee made with grassfed butter, XCT oil, and cinnamon. Not into coffee? Opt for something from the curated selection of black and herbal teas instead.

53 3rd St, Troy


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10:30 a.m. – Take a self-guided history tour

After the morning meal, embark on a leisurely stroll through central Troy. The one-stop shop for history lovers packs in monuments like the Rice Building, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and the Troy Public Library. If you’re feeling up to it, head away from the river toward Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The campus charms in its own right, with historic buildings nestled on perfectly manicured grounds.

12 p.m. – Get lunch — with a side of sass — at The Ruck

Although The Ruck is great for a late-night bite, hit the eatery for lunch to avoid the evening crowds. A quick skim of the menu will reveal so many mouthwatering options that you’ll have a hard time deciding where to begin. Start with small, sassily named plates like the Ok Boom Boomer sandwich, full of spicy battered fish bites, lettuce, tomato, and boom boom sauce, served on a griddled brioche roll. If you want Southern comfort food with a twist, check out the Mayor McCheeze, house tortilla chips topped with bacon, cheddar jack, wing burger chili, green chili, beer queso, fried pickles, and spidah sauce drizzle.

104 3rd St, Troy

1 p.m. – Shop local at the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market

If you’re smart, you’ll plan a visit to town on a Saturday, when the Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market is in full swing. The massive shopping space brings together around 100 local farmers and vendors from across the Capital Region. Look for the mini mall at Monument Square from May to October or at The Troy Atrium from November to April. The market is open until 2 p.m. each day, so make sure you stop by before vendors close up shop.

2:15 p.m. – Enter beer heaven at Brown’s Brewing Company

While there’s plenty on tap at The Ruck, skip a drink there and head to the source itself. Brown’s Brewing Company, located a few minutes away, is one of the longest standing breweries in the Valley, and for good reason. The tap room serves up everything from sour ales and New England IPAs to oatmeal stouts and malty amber ales. Grab a seat and sip a brew of your choice at the riverside hotspot. If you plan a visit to town right, you just may be able to catch one of the brewery’s concert sessions.

417 River St, Troy

3:30 p.m. – Shop your way along the river

Downtown Troy is a hotbed for happening shops and artisanal vendors. As you meander from Brown’s into the rest of town, stop by storefronts like  Copper Fox for work and weekend outfits and Wooden Shoe Trading Company for quirky home goods. When shopping tuckers you out, take a break with a stroll along the Hudson River. The waterside views in Troy are truly something else.


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6 p.m. – Indulge in Italian comfort classics at Donna’s

Now offering some of the best pizza this side of the Hudson River, Donna’s Italian is back in business. Nothing says comfort quite like a heaping plate of chicken parm served with spaghetti and red sauce, then topped with mozzarella and pecorino. Vegetarians can chow down on Donna’s equally delicious eggplant parm or one of the restaurant’s many salad options.

217 Broadway, Troy


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7:30 p.m. – Up your cocktail game at The Berlin

This 1930s-inspired cocktail lounge is as alluring as it is delicious. With deep red curtains, moody wallpaper, and timeless jazz tunes sounding through the air, this speakeasy will have you ending your night in class. If you’re in the mood for something traditional, try the Honey Old Fashioned or Aperol Spritz. For those who’d prefer to step out of the box, indulge with The Berlin’s Maple Bacon Manhattan or Lemongrass Martini. 

2 King Street, Troy

9 p.m. – Rest your eyes at Gardner Farm Inn

A trek to the Collar City can be done in a day, but you’ll want to spend a weekend to experience everything the area has to offer. To make the trip a true getaway, spend an overnight at Gardner Farm Inn. The homey setting has five guest suites, some of which boast luxurious claw foot soaking tubs. Enjoy a well-deserved rest in one of the comfy rooms, then wake up to a gourmet breakfast spread packed with French toast, yogurt, muffins, frittatas, and more. Not a bad way to start the morning, huh?

59 Brunswick Rd, Troy

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