Albany NY Staycations
Turn your February Break into a magical staycation! While you might think of February break as a time to head south for warmer weather and sunnier skies, it's actually the perfect time to take a staycation! Albany is the ideal day trip distance from attractions and activities, historical cities and sites, and fun for all ages. Did you know that Lake George is actually a year-round destination? Or that several area attractions have special February Break hours?
Winter is a great time to get outside and have fun in the snow, but it's also the perfect excuse to explore some of the museums, art shows, and historical sites that pale in comparison to afternoons at the lake during the summer.
Downhill Skiing at Gore or West Mountain
Have you hit the slopes yet? the Capital Region is within easy driving distance of several mountains in Upstate New York and Vermont.
For skiing in the southern Adirondacks, you can't beat the 109 trails at Gore Mountain in North Creek, NY. Gore is only an hour and a half from Saratoga Springs and offers skiers trails on 9 sides of 4 unique peaks.
A little closer to home at just under an hour from Albany, West Mountain offers alpine and cross-country skiing, snow tubing, lessons, and more on their 30 trails and 126 acres.
Visit the astonishing Howe Caverns
Visit Howe Caverns for their special February Break hours! The Great Cave at Howe Caverns is open during February Break for famlies to explore the caverns all week long - not just on weekends! Though outdoor activities are closed for the season, there's still plenty to do and see at Howe Caverns with seven different tour options. About 45 minutes from Albany, Howe Caverns is the ideal distance for a day's adventure.
Visit Lake George NY
February is Winter Carnival month in Lake George! Whether you're heading up on the weekend for Lake George Winter Carnival activities or during the week to snag great deals at the outlets, Lake George is truly a year-round town (and only an hour north of Albany!).
The members of your household who are wishing you'd chosen fun in the sun will love a day at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park while your wintersportsmen (and women!) will relish the opportunity to try snowmobile tours or take a guided natural stone bridge and cave snowshoe tour a little further north in Pottersville, NY!
Explore New York's History
Albany, Saratoga, Lake George, and Ticonderoga have all played significant parts in our country's history. There's lots of history in and around Albany, from state government to French forts and Revolutionary War battlefields.
Tour the New York State Capitol Building in Albany to learn all about the state's fascinating history - and the intrigue behind the construction of the building itself. Tours are free and last about 45-60 minutes.
Cross-country ski or snowshoe around Saratoga National Historical Park to see the historic battlefield in a whole new light. This park is just thirty minutes north of Albany and the perfect place to enjoy crisp winter weather.
Plan a visit to Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain. About two hours north of Albany, Fort Ticonderoga is history come alive. A French fort from the eighteenth century, witness reenactments and go back in time to this season's featured year in the history of the fort. Every year at Ticonderoga is a new story, so even if you've been before, there's always something new to learn and explore!
Get Ready for Spring Training in Cooperstown
It's not quite baseball season yet, but that doesn't mean you can't get excited. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is the perfect cure for a baseball fan's pre-season blues.
Just about an hour and a half from Albany, Cooperstown NY is a cute destination with a lot to offer. After you're finished touring the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, you can swing by Ommegang for lunch and a beer tasting (for the adults, of course).
Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count
Planning on a true staycation? Help with this year's Great Backyard Bird Count!
Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count is a crowdsourced, annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds in your backyard and around the world.