Searching for a unique date for you and your special someone? Whether you are museum buffs, aspiring artists, food lovers or adventure seekers, Albany County has a date-worthy activity for you. From day to night, spanning all four seasons, keep scrolling to begin planning your perfect Albany date!
Create on a date! The Albany Art Room is a great place to unleash your creativity for a memorable date. For $8 an hour during "Open Studio" hours, you and your special someone can have access to the materials and the space for print making, painting, drawing, jewelry making, and more! The art studio also offers a variety of classes from watercolor, to pottery, to painting, so sign-up you and your date for a class to unleash your inner artists.
Visit Capital Wine, a charming wine store on Lark Street, for a fun Friday night date. Before heading inside, admire the whimsical, always-revolving window display. From 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Fridays, the shop offers a free wine tasting. Savor and sample a few wines chosen by the staff. The selected wines are on sale for 16% off during the tasting and for the following two weeks, so bring your new favorite bottle home with you!
During the warm weather months, cruise along the scenic Hudson River on a Dutch Apple Cruise for a picture-perfect date. Admire jaw-dropping skyline views of Albany while listening to a Hudson River Historian tell fascinating tales of the city's 400-year old history. Sparks will fly between you and your date while you enjoy the sunshine and scenic views on this sightseeing cruise!
The Albany Institute of History & Art, the second oldest museum in the country, is a romantic spot for museum-lovers and history buffs. Browse the world-class exhibits and soak up the rich history on display. Plan your date on a Thursday evening and enjoy discounted admission for $5 per person from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
If your date night plans involve exploring downtown Albany, hop aboard the Capital City Trolley! Capital District Transportation Authority offers this free service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 12:30 AM. Grab dinner at one of the delicious locally-owned restaurants on Lark Street, hop on the Capital City Trolley and ride it to downtown to catch a show at the Palace Theatre, theREP or the Times Union Center. It is an easy (and free!) way to navigate downtown on a date.
Add a dash of adventure into your date at WildPlay! Located high above Albany in the scenic Thacher Park, outdoor enthusiasts can swing on ropes, dart across wobbly bridges, climb log ladders and more. The adventure course boasts 15 ziplines and 60 aerial games, so it is the perfect spot for a pair of thrill seekers to go on a date during the summer months.
Experience the Capital Craft Beverage Trail for a creative date with a local twist. From the Warehouse District to the Helderberg Hilltowns, explore a variety of breweries, cideries, distilleries and wineries. Sip on craft beverages from stops such as CH Evans Brewing at the Albany Pump Station, Fort Orange Brewing, Helderberg Brewery, and Hudson-Chatham Winery. A few producers such as Albany Distilling and Nine Pin Cider even offer tours of the production space!
Spice up your typical date plans with the Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour by Taste of Troy Food Tours on a Friday afternoon! Fall in love with this guided walking tour that sprinkles in history, architecture and culture between stops at local restaurants. Taste and sip Albany's culinary scene at the Albany Pump Station, Ama Cocina, The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Stacks Espresso Bar, Cider Belly Doughnuts and Olde English Pub. The Historic Downtown Albany Food Tour occurs every Friday from May to October.
Sweeten up your date with a visit to Emack & Bolio's in the Delaware Avenue neighborhood! The charming ice cream parlor scoops up ice cream in candy-covered waffle cones, thirst-quenching smoothies, delicious pastries and even an "Albany Egg Cream!" In the winter, warm up inside next to the cozy fireplace and in the summer, enjoy live music outside while sitting beneath twinkling paper lanterns on the patio. It is the cherry on top of a perfect Albany date!