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Enjoy Fun Winter Activities In & Near Albany

Whether you just can't wait to get outdoors in this frosty weather, or you'd rather stay inside where it's warm, we've got you covered! Check out the following outdoor and indoor ideas for winter activities in the Albany area.

a boy snow tubing down a hill

Have a Blast With These Outdoor Activities

Snow Tubing & Sledding

Recapture the joy of childhood or make some new family memories for your own child by taking them snow tubing or sledding. You can find great hills at Washington Park and the Capital Hills Golf Course in Albany or at the Sand Creek Middle School in Colonie. Located just south of Albany, Hunter Mountain also has a huge snow tubing park.

Ice Skating

Get your skates sharpened and your laces tied - it's time to ice skate! Here's where you can find public skating at indoor and outdoor rinks:

Albany County Hockey Facility
830 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211

Bethlehem YMCA Ice Skating Rink
900 Delaware Avenue
Delmar, NY 12054

Capital Ice Arena
16 Clifton Common Boulevard
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Conway Ice Rink at Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue
Troy, NY 12180

Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12210

Knickerbacker Ice Arena
191 103rd Street
Troy, NY 12180

Saratoga Springs Ice Rink
30 Weibel Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Schenectady County Recreational Facility
5 Tower Road
Scotia, NY 12302

Swinburne Skating Rink
810 Clinton Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

Explore Day Trips Offering Winter Fun


Head over to Schenectady, just a short drive from Albany, and experience winter fun all day at the many museums, historic sites, neighborhoods, theaters, and more found in this Capital Region city.

Lake George

Drive an hour north of Albany to Lake George and the southern Adirondacks for gorgeous scenery and plenty of winter attractions. There's the popular annual Winter Carnival in February, ice bars, and other seasonal events. Or, purchase passes and enjoy the water slides at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark.

Lake Placid Region

Embark on a two-hour drive north for endless winter fun in the Lake Placid Region. Visit the historic Olympic facilities, go ice skating in Lake Placid, or hit the slopes at nearby Whiteface Mountain. Before heading back home, peruse the quaint Adirondack village for excellent shopping and dining.

Avoid the Cold With Indoor Activities

Ever been to the theater? Now might be a time to enjoy an awesome production! Check out the The Palace Theatre in Albany or Proctors in historic Schenectady.

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Find Things to Do at New York State Parks Near Albany

Head to a state park for great winter fun:

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