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Enjoy These 6 Fun Valentine's Day Activities in the Albany Area

Whether you're interested in celebrating Valentine's Day with a significant other, family, or friends, there are a variety of fun things to do in the Albany area. You can dine out at a local restaurant, gear up for a winter adventure, or even visit a spa. To help you plan for the upcoming Valentine's Day/Week, we've rounded up 6 great outdoor and indoor activities.

Hit the Slopes at a Local Ski Resort

person skiing down a snowy slope

The Capital Region and North Country are home to a number of premier ski resorts that are worth the drive from Albany. Experience a thrilling afternoon of downhill skiing or snowboarding as you celebrate Valentine's Day. Some of these local resorts also offer snow tubing and on-site dining where you can enjoy après ski.

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Go On a Snowy Adventure Through the Albany Pine Bush

a snowy trail

Editor's Note (1/12/2021): Please note that the trails are open and the Discovery Center is currently open for limited hours.

You may know of the Albany Pine Bush as a great place for summer nature hikes, but in winter, the property transforms into a wonderland for cross-country skiers and snowshoers. The preserve is home to over 20 miles of trails spanning east to west, and it is open year round with no admission fee.

Strap on your cross-country skis or snowshoes and go on a snowy adventure this Valentine's Day. You can fit in a workout and have fun at the same time, whether you're gliding across the trails on your skis or traveling along the sides of them on your snowshoes. While you're there, make sure you stop by The Discovery Center's Gift Shop and find a unique gift for your significant other for the holiday.

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Paint Your Masterpiece at a Paint & Sip Class

man and woman with halves of a sunset paintingNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

Paint & sips are all the rage in the Capital Region, and one of the best places for it is Canvas, Corks & Forks in Schenectady. You can sign up for a class with a group of friends, a family member, or even your partner if you're looking for a way to celebrate the holiday. Visit the paint & sip studio's website to see upcoming classes and updates.

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Unwind With a Trip to a Capital Region Spa

two women relaxing on spa recliner chairsNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

Treat yourself this Valentine's Day and plan a spa day right here in the Capital Region. From couples massages to facials and manicures/pedicures, local spas offer a wide array of expert services. You can go alone, bring a friend, or enjoy the relaxing experience with your partner. Prepare to unwind and feel rejuvenated on Valentine's Day!

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Soar Across the Ice at Albany's Empire "Skate" Plaza

people ice skating in the eveningNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

Editor's Note (1/12/2021): Please note that the Empire State Plaza Ice Rink did not open for the 2020-21 winter season.

Experience a winter tradition at the Empire State Plaza Ice Rink in downtown Albany this Valentine's Day. Nicknamed the Empire "Skate" Plaza, this outdoor ice skating rink is free and open to the public daily from early December through the end of winter (approximately).

If you don't own ice skates, then you can rent them on site for a small fee; rentals are free on Saturdays thanks to Hannaford. Kids, teens, and adults are welcome to skate on the rink and enjoy the feeling of soaring across the ice.

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See a Movie at Crossgates Mall or Colonie Center

people in movie theater seatsNote: This photo was taken prior to 2020 and does not reflect current social distancing requirements

Editor's Note (1/12/2021): Please note that the movie theaters at Crossgates Mall and Colonie Center are closed until further notice.

Looking to have a low-key Valentine's Day this year? Plan a trip to the movies at Crossgates Mall or Colonie Center in Albany! You'll find all the latest and most popular films playing at the theaters, and nothing is more relaxing than sitting back with a tub of buttery popcorn. Round up some of your friends and pick a movie you'll all enjoy during Valentine's Week.

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