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Have Fun All Winter Long in Albany: Great Skiing Plus Outdoor & Indoor Attractions

Albany NY offers a wide variety of fun winter activities, whether you love spending a day on the slopes, prefer skiing or snowmobiling along forrested trails, or enjoy the many outdoor attractions and indoor activities that are perfect for the whole family. Get started on your winter adventure by checking out one of the local businesses below. 

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West Mountain
Queensbury, NY
Located off I-87, between Lake George and Saratoga Springs. West Mountain offers learn-to-lessons, alpine racing, night skiing and snow tubing in the winter and tree top aerial adventures and mountain biking from spring into fall.
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Santa's Magical Express
Rensselaer, NY
This holiday season, join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves on a quest to save Christmas! Santa's Magical Express in Rensselaer, NY, is a holiday show, bus ride, and theatrical experience that's perfect for children ages 4 and up.
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Rocking Horse Ranch
Highland, NY
Rocking Horse Ranch is America's favorite family resort. Their all-inclusive packages feature accommodations, activities, entertainment and meals. Start planning your next family adventure now!
Captain Fermi's Spaceship
Pursue the Clue
Albany, NY
Could your life use a little mystery? Come to Pursue the Clue! Keep your wits about you as you try to get out. Search for clues, solve puzzles, work out riddles, and answer problems. Don't stop until you've put all the clues together!
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miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science)
Schenectady, NY
A not-for-profit institution, miSci (museum of innovation and science, formerly the Schenectady Museum) explores science and technology - including a planetarium, demos and hands-on activities for adults and children.
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Berkshire East Mountain Resort
Charlemont, MA
Berkshire East Mountain Resort has it all, all year long. They offer skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing in the winter, while summer adventures bring mountain biking, ziplining, whitewater rafting, and more. Experience the ultimate family resort!
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Albany's Indoor Rockgym
Albany, NY
Albany's Indoor Rockgym is one of the premier rock climbing gyms in the Capital Region, featuring a variety of climbing walls and structures, an indoor caving system with a half mile of tunnels, and a 60-foot zipline!
Rollarama Skating Center
Rollarama Skating Center
Schenectady, NY
Rollarama offers indoor roller skating, inline, quad and speed rentals, game room, redemption counter, full concession area, birthday parties, private parties, fundraising opportunities, learn to skate classes for kids and adults, and more!
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
The Arts Center of the Capital Region
Troy, NY
The Arts Center of the Capital Region engages people in the creative experience. We are the region's preeminent proponent of the arts & creative education, expression, and appreciation, serving people of all ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.
Come Ski With Us!
Gore Mountain
North Creek, NY
Gore Mountain is a premier family ski resort in upstate New York, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains with 110 trails (2,537 vertical ft), 14 lifts, and six on-mountain dining options!
Children's Museum of Science & Technology
Children's Museum of Science & Technology
Troy, NY
Children's Museum of Science & Technology (CMOST) inspires young minds to engage in a lifelong exploration of science and technology, instilling a sense of wonder and discovery.
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McCauley Mountain Ski Area
Old Forge, NY
McCauley Mt. is BIG skiing in a small package. Challenge enough to spawn two Olympic skiers, yet friendly enough to be "New York's Best Family Mountain." Featuring easier trails from the summit, as well as steep bumps to feed skiers and snowboarders.
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The Nordic Center at Gore Mountain
North Creek, NY
The Nordic Center at Gore Mountain features a wide range of well-designed trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the historic North Creek Ski Bowl. Trails range in difficulty from beginner and family-friendly to expert level!
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Christmas Land LLC
Altamont, NY
Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Gather up the family and head over to Christmas Land LLC - the Capital Region's premier hotspot for old-fashioned holiday season activities, including pictures with Santa, crafts, sleigh rides, treats, and more!
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Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Albany, NY
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve nestled between Albany and Schenectady is one of just 20 inland pine barren environments in the world! It consists of over 3,000 acres of land, nearly 20 miles of multi-use trails, and is home to many plants and animals.
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The Discovery Center at Albany Pine Bush Preserve
Albany, NY
The Discovery Center at Albany Pine Bush Preserve is the gateway to the Pine Bush! Featuring various interactive exhibits, activities, classrooms, and more, this interpretive center introduces visitors to everything that makes the preserve distinct.
Tru-Escape Mystery & Escape Rooms
Tru-Escape Mystery & Escape Rooms
Schenectady, NY
Tru-Escape presents unique and interactive live action adventure games. You will have to work as a team to solve puzzles, riddles, find clues and complete tasks if you hope to solve the room.
Burden Lake Country Club
Burden Lake Country Club
Averill Park, NY
Beautiful Burden Lake Country Club in Averill Park offers family, individual, junior and senior memberships as well as daily rates. Club restaurant offers relaxation, great food, and can accommodate all of your entertainment needs!
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Pine Ridge Dude Ranch
Kerhonkson, NY
Located just 90 minutes south of Albany, Pine Ridge Dude Ranch is an all-inclusive dude ranch resort and family vacation destination. Open year round, they offer activities for everyone, such as horseback riding, archery, snow tubing, and more.
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Lapland Lake Cross-Country Ski Center
Northville, NY
Lapland Lake in the southern Adirondacks has been offering a unique winter experience to individuals, couples, and families for over 35 years with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, lessons, equipment sales and rentals, and more.
Win Prizes
Zero Gravity Laser Tag
Albany, NY
Zero Gravity is the number one laser tag and arcade in the region, compete with up to 30 players in our 5,000 SW Ft. Multi-Level arena and wall to wall arcade!
Windham Mountain Resort
Windham, NY
Head south of Albany to Windham Mountain, offering a large variety of trails from easier ones to challenge the rookies, to extremely difficult to challenge the expert.
Ski Blandford
Blandford, MA
Featuring over 20 trails, Ski Blandford in Blandford, MA, is the perfect place to go skiing and snowboarding. The ski resort also offers lessons, racing programs, and much more.
Royal Mountain Ski Area
Caroga Lake, NY
Check out Royal Mountain Ski Area in Caroga Lake, just over an hour away from Albany, for skiing and more winter fun.
GET AIR Trampoline Park
Albany, NY
Visit GET AIR Trampoline Park in Crossgates Mall and have a blast throughout the facility. The indoor park features wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, a dodgeball court, ninja obstacle course, and more.
Swinburne Skating Rink
Albany, NY
Swinburne Skating Rink in Albany, NY, is an all weather protected skating rink. Open year round for city residents, the skating rink is designed for roller skating during the warmer months and ice skating in winter.
Hunter Mountain
Hunter, NY
Slightly farther away from the Capital Region lies Hunter Mountain, with 320 acres of trails and a variety of terrain to challenge all levels. This big mountain offers all the normal ski resort amenities, including lessons, rentals, and more.
Whiteface Mountain
Wilmington, NY
Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington is the Lake Placid Region's premier site for downhill skiing and snowboarding. Whiteface has the greatest vertical of any lift-serviced mountain in the Northeast, and it offers multiple groomed trails.
Jay Peak Resort
Jay, VT
Jay Peak Resort offers a vertical drop of 2,153 feet, making it the eighth largest drop in New England and the fifth largest in Vermont.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
Hancock, MA
Just over the border into Massachusetts lies Jiminy Peak, offering several advanced and expert trails, as well as private and group ski lessons for beginners.
Pico Mountain Ski Area
Mendon, VT
With more vertical drop than 80% of New England ski resorts, a terrain park, a classically styled base lodge, and great ticket deals, Pico Mountain Ski Area is your home in the mountains.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe, VT
Stowe is a world-class mountain resort in the quintessential New England town consisting of two mountains, including the highest peak in Vermont at 4,395 feet.
Lake Vanare Snowmobile Tours
Lake Luzerne, NY
Lake Vanare Snowmobile Tours offers guided tours through the beautiful Adirondacks just 5 miles from Lake George exit 21 on Route 9N South.
Bromley Mountain Ski Resort
Peru, VT
Ski Bromley, VT, New England's Best Family Resort! Bromley offers top skiing and snowboarding for a memorable ski vacation at great value and features award-winning kid's programs, diverse terrain & friendly staff.
Otis Ridge Ski Area
Otis, MA
Otis Ridge Ski Area in Otis, MA, offers the perfect terrain for those who are looking to ski or snowboard during winter. The ski resort is family-friendly and offers trails for beginners and experts, as well as a ski school and camp.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton Mountain, VT
Go skiing, snowboarding, or enjoy other winter fun at Stratton Mountain. Located in Vermont, Stratton is renowned for their snow and grooming, fast lifts, and outstanding blend of terrain and trails for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.
Plattekill Mountain
Roxbury, NY
Venture southwest of Albany for Catskills skiing or snowboarding! There are 38 trails in all - from beginner cruising trails all the way up to double black diamonds with 1,100 feet of continuous vertical drop.
Killington Ski Resort
Killington, VT
Killington Ski Resort is the largest ski and snowboard resort in the east with over 3,000 acres within the boundary.
Empire State Plaza Ice Rink
The tremendously popular Empire State Plaza Ice Rink is open for free outdoor ice skating each winter in Albany, NY.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Ludlow, VT
Travel to southern Vermont and enjoy excellent skiing on Okemo. This ski mountain resort offers 20 lifts, 632 acres of winter wonderland, and 121 trails, from beginner to expert level.
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center
Delmar, NY
The Five Rivers Environmental Education Center is a living museum comprised of over 450 acres of fields, forests and wetlands. The visitor center features interactive displays and exhibits. Enjoy hiking, birding, snowshoeing, and more activities.
Ski Butternut
Great Barrington, MA
Located in Great Barrington, MA, Ski Butternut is a ski resort offering over 20 trails, two terrain parks, a full-service ski and snowboard shop, and more.