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10 Indoor Winter Fun Ideas in the Albany Area

As much fun as it is to get out and play in the snow, sometimes we're all in the mood for a little warmth and indoor fun. Here are some great ideas for activities that don't require you to be out in the cold.

1) Go to an Art Exhibit or Paint & Sip

a woman at a Paint and Sip with a painting in front of her of trees and a lake

Take the time this winter to catch up on local culture. Or, create your own art by heading to a paint and sip!

Find art galleries and paint and sip spots >>

2) Stay Entertained With Escape Rooms & Indoor Play

crowd standing in front of Tru-Escape

Kids and adults can appreciate indoor play in the Albany area with escape rooms, roller skating rinks, arcade games, and more.

See family-friendly attractions and entertainment >>

3) Do a Pub Crawl

behind the bar at the Purple PubPhoto credit: Alan Nudi

Warm up with some craft brews. Don't forget a designated driver, or take Uber or Lyft!

Discover Albany's best bars and pubs >>

4) Root for the Home Team

RPI hockey game in progress

Head to RPI, Siena, or SUNY Albany's many sporting events. If you've never been to a college hockey or basketball game, now is the chance!

5) Go to a Show or Enjoy Live Music

silhouette of crowd at concert

Albany offers a wealth of live music and entertainment, from popular mainstream groups to traveling Broadway shows. Don't miss out on seeing established stars and up-and-coming performers throughout the Capital Region.

See local music venues >>

Browse bars and restaurants that frequently have live music >>

Find live music happening >>

Check out performing arts centers >>

6) Learn Something

a woman and her kid looking through a hole in the wall at an interactive exhibit

School kids everywhere pray for snow days during the winter months, but learning doesn't have to be boring or in a classroom. There are many museums around the Capital Region that offer chances for interactive learning for kids or adults.

Browse museums, planetariums, and historical societies >>

7) Go Bowling

a man bowling

By day or night, with family, friends, or a combination, bowling is always a great option. When is the last time you indulged in this classic pastime? Lucky Strike in Crossgates offers not only bowling, but a variety of other games and entertainment as well.

Check out bowling alleys >>

8) See a Movie

movie popcorn in buckets

Whether it's a dinner date or a night out with friends, going to the movies is a great option for indoor fun in Albany in the winter. Find great movie theaters at Crossgates Mall or Colonie Center.

9) Pamper Yourself

close up of woman getting a haircut

Have a spa day this winter and refresh and rejuvenate. Soothe that parched winter skin and trim dead ends off your mane. Maybe go out for a nice dinner afterwards!

Check out area spas >>

10) Get Fit

a woman lifting weights at a gym

Now is the perfect time to tackle that New Year's Resolution. Beyond the copious amounts of gyms and fitness centers around the Capital Region there are also a number of dance studios, athletic clubs, and more. Find a fitness activity you enjoy so you're most likely to stick with it.

See gyms, fitness centers, and yoga and pilates studios >>

Find dance studios and gymnastics schools >>

Discover more things to do in the Albany area >>

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