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Winter Activities 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.

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For outdoor winter fun, head to Maple Ski Ridge. Whether you're an experienced skier or just want an exciting place to go tubing, Maple Ski Ridge is the perfect spot for winter activities. You can find a double chair lift, skiing and boarding lessons, nighttime hours, and special events.

The best part? You don't need to make a day trip to the Adirondacks or Vermont! This mountain is located just about 15 minutes from Schenectady.

Ice Skating

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


If there's snow on the ground, be sure to check out 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 also is home to a great sledding hill over 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 for everyone that spark a healthy curiosity and sense of adventure. Many installations celebrate science, invention, and imagination. There are always fun, family-friendly events taking place. Stop in and check it out!

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.

More Winter Fun

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

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

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