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6 Fun & Cheap Albany Date Ideas That Will Cost Under $25

Find Awesome Date Ideas for Both Teens & Adults

What should we do? Where should we go? We want to go out, but we don't want to spend a lot of money. Do these sentiments sound familiar to you? If so, then consider going on a fun and cheap date in Albany.

The local area is full of amazing places where teens or adults can enjoy attractions and activities with their significant other without breaking the bank. In fact, we've rounded up 6 budget-friendly date ideas for afternoon and evening that will cost you under $25.

Please note: Prices can change at any time, so you might want to call ahead to confirm before heading out on your date.

1) Hit Up a Movie on the Cheap

Madison Theatre sign with showtimes

Going to the movies is such a classic choice for a date. But, it's no secret that between the tickets, the food, and the drinks, movies are pricier than they ever have been. Luckily, there are still places where you can have a movie date and save a little money.

Movie ticket prices for the Madison Theatre varies from $11 for new releases, $9 for matinees, to $5 for a "retro discount" to an older film. They show the best movies, period, whether that's a recent film or a beloved classic.

If you really take to this date night option consider joining their membership program to enjoy unlimited movies, free popcorn, and discounts on other food and beverage for $9.99 a month.

2) Explore Mini Golf & Beyond

close up of a woman's shoes as she mini golfs

Whether you're in a new relationship, a long-term romance, or you're married, mini-golf is the ultimate date activity. It really gives you a chance to talk and get to know one another - or rediscover your love for each other - in a fun, laid back setting. You'll definitely get a few laughs in when your ball accidentally bounces off a wall or goes into water.

While there are a number of mini-golf places in the Albany area, some of them feature other ways to channel your inner kid and indulge in juvenile fun. In particular, Funplex Fun Park in East Greenbush offers go-karts in addition to mini-golf.

The Funplex Fun Park has mini-golf for $8 per adult and go-karts at $8 per person, or, an additional $3.50 if you're sharing a go-kart; riders must be at least 16 to drive. Choose which attractions sound appealing to you during your time at the Fun Park.

Bonus suggestion: Take the one-hour drive up to Lake George, which is a mini-golfing haven.

3) Kick It Old School With Roller Skating

a colorful indoor skating rink

Please note, visitors to Rollarama are asked download a health screening form from their website ahead of their visit.

Much like mini-golf, roller skating or rollerblading is an inexpensive and fun activity that just might make you feel like a kid again. And with roller skating, you might actually get a bit of a workout in as well, as you skate around holding hands with your loved one.

Rollarama in Schenectady offers great prices, which can vary based on the day you visit. If you go any day other than Friday or Saturday, you should be able to get in at under $25 for the two of you; Thursday for instance is $5 admission with $4 skate rental.

4) Go for a Museum Crawl

a display of a giant taxidermied moose in a museum

Please note, the NYS Museum, State Library, and State Archives are temporarily closed. Find them on Facebook or check out their website for virtual offerings.

The Albany Institute of Art is open and tickets can be reserved online ahead of time. The USS Slater is open seasonally from April through November.

When is the last time you visited the New York State Museum? Maybe you went as a kid but haven't been for years, or maybe you've never had a chance to frequent the museum at all. Here is your chance to finally go!

The New York State Museum is free to the public and it's also huge - you and your significant other could easily spend several hours here. Get ready to check out incredible exhibitions on the Adirondack wilderness, New York State birds, Native Americans, the World Trade Center, and so much more. The museum is open Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30am-5:00pm.

While the museum is free, you may need to pay for parking, depending on where and when you park. Parking is available in the two lots adjacent to the museum, both accessed from Madison Avenue. On weekdays, these lots are $10 before 10am and $5 after. Parking is free after 2pm and on weekends.

split image with outside of art and history museum on the left and part of the USS Slater on the right

Depending on what, if anything, you spend for parking, you may want to continue on to another museum. Two others in the area worth checking out are the Albany Institute of History & Art, and the USS Slater. The Albany Institute of History & Art is $10 per adult. This is one of the oldest museums in the US and is a treasure trove of historical collections from our local area over the years. Gallery hours are 10:00am-5:00pm on Wednesday through Saturday, and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.

The USS Slater is basically a museum on a boat, but not just any boat. The USS Slater is the last Destroyer Escort that is still afloat in this country today. If your partner isn't as into art museums, but would love to see some history dating back to World War II, this might be the museum for your date. The USS Slater offers tours of the museum April through November, Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Admission is $9 per adult.

While you won't be able to hit up all three museums for under $25, you should be able to visit the New York State Museum and one of the others, if you saved on parking.

Concerned about parking at the New York State Museum? Look into Uber and Lyft prices and see if it might be cheaper for you to get a ride instead.

Discover more Albany area museums >>

5) Laugh Hysterically at Improv Comedy

performance on stagePhoto credit: Derek Walker

Please note, MopCo Improv is currently offering virtual shows only.

You've probably heard of improv comedy, but have you ever seen it played out in person? Improv comedy is different from stand up comedy, as the dialogue and story are made up in the moment - you never know what's going to happen! The Mopco Improv Theatre in Schenectady always has thrilling shows going on for a truly unique night out with your date.

You can check out shows like Theatresports, which involves two teams of improvisers competing, Improv Jam, which is part show, part class, and part party, and much more.

Improvisers use inspiration from the audience to help invent scenes and songs on the spot. But no worries - comedians never pick on audience members, and you're not obligated to get on stage. However, if you are really interested in trying out improv, you could check out their classes as well.

Although prices can vary depending on the event, the majority of shows are $10 per person for general admission, making this is a perfect $20 date.

6) Support Your Local Team

baseball player swings bat

Baseball is one of those sports that is so much better to watch in person than on TV. When you go to a Tri-City ValleyCats game during the summer, you'll inevitably get caught up in the excitement and energy of the crowd. And, they always have a little something extra going on in addition to the game - a theme, a promotion, or a special event.

Although the ValleyCats are no longer affiliated with Major League Baseball in early 2021 the team announced their move to join the Frontier League, so we can all still enjoy games at "the Joe" in Troy.

Pricing for games couldn't be better. Ticket prices on game day for both the berm and grandstand are typically less than $10 each, and if you buy in advance, they'll cost even less.

View the ValleyCats' summer game schedule >>

And for the ultimate cheap date - a walk together »

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