Don’t let the winter blues get the best of you! Take advantage of an Albany winter by trying out some of these great cold-weather activities. We have provided you with some of our favorite things to do around the area! Pick an activity you love, or try something new!


Troy Kitchen




For a fun night out, head to Troy Kitchen. This unique locale, is a food court, lounge, bar, and an entertainment venue all in one. Each weekday they have specials including “wine-down” Wednesdays, and “Flash Back” Fridays. Food vendors include an NYC style Halal food cart, authentic Jamaican cuisine, authentic Mexican cuisine, New York-style eats, and healthy plates to choose from.


Palace Theater




Established in 1984, the Palace Theater located in Albany, is a great place to visit on a cold winter day. Here you can see great bands, performances, live shows, as well as events for kids. Featured past events have included Dancing With The Stars live shows, MasterChef Junior Live, and The Bachelor Live Shows.


Albany Indoor Rock-Climbing




One of the premier climbing gyms in the area, Albany’s Rock Gym is a great activity for those of all ages, looking to try something challenging and fun. As well as rock climbing, Albany’s Indoor Rock Gym features the nation’s only indoor cave system. Fun for kids, they can explore and solve cave related puzzles, and the gym features a 60’ zip line.


Complexions Spa For Beauty and Wellness




Complexions is the premier gold LEED-certified Day spa, salon, and med spa featured in Albany. Treat yourself to some self-care during a cold winter day. Services include facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, and medspa services.


Albany Art Room




Visit the Albany Art Room and let your creativity flow! Classes for adults vary but have included drawing & painting, acrylics, mosaics, and more in the past. The art room also has an open pottery studio on the weekends for those who want to create a project on their own!


RPI, Sienna, SUNY Albany, Hockey Games




Are you a sports fan? Enjoy some fast-paced and exhilarating college hockey. We are lucky enough to have some great schools in the surrounding area, so support the home team and spend a winter day watching a game.


Other favorites include those listed below. Just be sure to bring your own gear!


Cherry Plain - Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling, XC Skiing

Grafton Lakes - Ice Skating, Ice Fishing, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Max V. Shaul - XC Skiing

Mine Kill - Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Moreau Lake - Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Peebles Island - Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Saratoga Spa - Ice Hockey, Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Schodack Island - Ice Skating, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Thacher State Park - Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Thompson's Lake - Ice Fishing, Snowshoeing, XC Skiing

Tawasentha Park - Snowshoeing, XC Skiing


With all of these options, you can surely beat the winter blues in Albany. Not only is Albany a great place to work, but to live as well.


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