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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, along with winter sport you must try.

a young boy snow tubing down a hill, grinning

Have a Blast With These Outdoor Activities

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

Clifton Park 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

Snow Tubing & Sledding

Recapture the joy of childhood or make some great family memories for your own child by taking them tubing or sledding! You can always head to a local hill or recreation center. You can find great hills at the Capital Hills Golf Course in Albany or at the Sand Creek Middle School in Colonie, and Hunter Mountain just south of Albany has a huge snow tubing park!

Fun Day Trips For Winter Sports

Lake Placid

Embark on a scenic two-hour drive north for endless winter fun in Lake Placid! Whiteface Mountain offers ice skating, bobsled rides, figure skating, the Olympic Center, Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Museum, and the Olympic Sports Complex. Before heading back, peruse the quaint Adirondack village for excellent shopping and dining.

Lake George

Drive just 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 in addition to other events. Purchase passes and enjoy the large (and warm!) indoor water park at Six Flags Great Escape Lodge.

Old Forge

Explore Old Forge for winter bird watching, nordic and alpine skiing, some of the best snowmobiling around, as well as ice skating and ice fishing on ten miles of frozen lakes.


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

Check out the Schenectady Winter Itinerary >>

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.

Winter Activities At New York State Parks Near Albany

Head to a state park for great winter fun:

Check out more indoor winter fun activities >>

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