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Winter Activities & Things to Do in Schenectady

Don't let the cold weather keep you inside all winter long! There is plenty to do and see during the colder months in Schenectady, NY.

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For outdoor winter fun, head to Maple Ski Ridge in Schenectady. This family-friendly ski resort features 60 skiable acres, 8 great trails, and 2 chair lifts. The best part? You don't need to plan a day trip to the Adirondacks or Vermont. This mountain is located about 30 minutes from Albany.

Ice Skating

Inspired to start skating after seeing Union's hockey stars on the ice? The Schenectady County Recreation Facility hosts public skating, open figure skating, learn-to-skate lessons, and more.


If there's snow on the ground, visit the popular sledding hill located right in Schenectady's Central Park. This one is for the adrenaline lovers! After the snow has been packed down, it makes for a fast ride. The Schenectady Municipal Golf Course is also home to a great sledding hill near the fifth hole.


You can't go wrong with a day at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci). Discover hands-on science and technology exhibits that will spark a healthy curiosity and sense of adventure. Many installations celebrate science, invention, and imagination, and there are always fun and family-friendly events taking place.

Paint & Sip

Interested in learning how to paint? Have some fun on a snowy day and take a class at Canvas, Corks and Forks! This studio brings "paint and sip" to a new level with their mac and cheese bar, free with every class. Stay warm with some delicious mac and cheese as you create a masterpiece.

Dinner and a Show

While you're in Schenectady, make sure you sample the wide variety of delicious restaurants in the community. There are Irish pubs, Thai restaurants, several spots to grab authentic Italian dishes, and many other options.

In addition, what's a better combination than dinner and a show on a cold winter night? After grabbing a bite to eat at one of Schenectady's incredible restaurants, check out the live performances happening at Proctors Theatre, Schenectady Light Opera, or the Civic Playhouse.

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