Located on the west side of the Hudson River, Rensselaer is situated directly opposite Albany. A fun fact about this cozy locale is that it was the first American city to produce aspirin. In days past, this town was divided into three villages: Greenbush, East Albany, and Bath. The city's name came from Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, who was a Dutch diamond merchant who bought 700,000 acres of land on both sides of the Hudson River.
Rensselaer's proximity to Albany means that you're never far from dog-friendly fun! Just outside of the city, on the northeastern side, you'll find an animal hospital in the suburbs to keep your pooch in tip-top shape. For big-city amenities, take a quick trip to Troy, just under 9 miles away. Albany is even closer at just over a mile away.
Even though there aren't many places in Rensselaer where you can stay with your pup, there are plenty of pet-friendly lodging options in Albany. Some of the budget-friendly options include Ramada Plaza Albany, Econo Lodge Albany, and Motel 6 Albany.
Hungry? Head to Selena's Cafe in Rensselaer to grab a quick lunch or a coffee. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor seating area. Then, paw on over to Albany and burn those calories in one of the city's off-leash parks!