6 Awesome Albany Date Night Ideas Under $25
What should we do tonight? 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, check out the following six cheap date night ideas in and around Albany. Each one of these Albany date night activities will keep you and your sweetie engaged and entertained for $25 or less!
Please note: Prices can change at any time, so you might want to call ahead to confirm before heading out on your date.
1) Go for a Museum Crawl
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.
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. There is also another paid visitor lot under the Empire State Concourse - rates here range from $5 to $20. Regardless, your trip will cost you under $25.
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.
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 hour-long tours through the museum April through November, Wednesday through Sunday and admission is $9 per person.
While you won't be able to hit up all three museums for under $25, you should be able to do the New York State Museum and one of the others, if you saved on parking. Reserve the third museum for another date night.
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.
2) Explore Mini Golf & Beyond
Whether you're in a new relationship, a long-term romance, or you're married, mini-golf is the ultimate date night 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 to enjoy a date night, a couple of them offer another option to channel your inner kid and indulge in some juvenile fun: Glenville Sports Plex in Glenville and Funplex Fun Park in East Greenbush both offer go-karts in addition to mini-golf.
The Glenville Sports Plex offers mini-golf at $8 per person and go-karts at $7 per person. The Funplex Fun Park has mini-golf for $7 per person and go-karts at $7.25 per person, or, an additional $3.50 if you're sharing a go-kart.
If you're going to Glenville, you could choose mini-golf or go-karts and you could probably have room in the budget for ice cream. Head to the Funplex, and you can do both mini-golf and go-karts if you opt for one go-kart, in which case you would come in at $24.75.
3) Kick It Old School With Roller Skating
Much like mini-golf, roller skating or rollerblading is an inexpensive and awesome date night 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: on Fridays admission is $8.50 per person and skate rentals are $3.50. On Saturdays, $7 admission. And on "Wacky Wednesdays" there's only $3 admission and $3 skate rentals!
If you happen to have kids and you'd like your date night to reflect adult time, Rollarama offers Adult Night on Tuesdays when only those 18 and older can skate. Admission on this day is just $6.50.
The other major indoor roller skating rink in the area is Guptill's in Cohoes, where admission is $9 and skate rentals are $5. If you both need rental skates you'd get in at $28, which does go above the $25 budget, but if you happen to have your own skates this could be a great choice.
4) Hit Up a Movie on the Cheap
Going to the movies is such a classic date night pastime, and that's not likely to change anytime soon. But, it's no secret that between the tickets, the food, and the drinks, movies are pricier than they ever have been. But you can still have a movie date night without breaking the bank.
Did you know Spectrum 8 Theater shows independent and foreign language films you might not get to see elsewhere, as well as new releases, for cheaper than the regular movie theater? Now you know! This awesome theater offers tickets for $10.50 weekends and weekday evenings; tickets on weekdays during the day are $8.75.
5) Laugh Hysterically at Improv Comedy
Photo credit: Derek Walker
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 date night.
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 night.
6) Support Your Local Team
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, 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.
You could attend a game during an Irish-themed night, you might take advantage of a bobblehead giveaway, or you could be there during an event for charity. There are also a number of fireworks nights!
In 2017, the ValleyCats were honored with the Home Field Advantage Award from Minor League Baseball and Esurance because of their incredibly high attendance. The ValleyCats had the highest percentage of attendance in the New York-Penn League based on ballpark capacity! This further speaks to how awesome their games are and how special the team is to the local community.
And, the pricing for games couldn't be better. Ticket prices on game day range from $7.50 to $12.50, and they're even cheaper if you buy in advance or if you opt for berm tickets.
Bonus tip: Get your tickets beforehand and time your date to attend on 50 cent hot dog night. Then, you can get something to munch on while watching the game and sticking to your budget!