If you are stumped on the perfect gift, give a quintessential Albany experience this holiday season! From outdoor adventures, to world-class performances, to sightseeing cruises, Albany offers an experience for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Scroll on for a few ideas for Albany experiences to give this holiday season. 

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WildPlay Thacher

Gift the thrilling adventure of a trip to WildPlay Thacher! Located high above Albany in Thacher Park, WildPlay features 15 ziplines and 60 aerial games. The adventure course has gift cards and holiday specials available for purchase online. It is the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiasts and thrill seekers on your holiday shopping list. 

Concerts and Performances 

The Capital Region is home to a vibrant arts and entertainment scene that visitors, transplants, and longtime locals alike should all experience. Gift a membership to the Palace Theatre, a landmark downtown Albany venue that recently celebrated its 90th anniversary. The Albany Symphony, comprised of world-class musicians led by Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller, offers gift cards for performances. Capital Repertory Theatre recently moved into a brand new space, so it is the perfect year to give a gift card to the venue. Gift the experience of the Egg Performing Arts Center's excellent acoustics with a gift card that can be used on a variety of future performances. Purchase tickets to one of Playhouse Stage Company's upcoming shows at Cohoes Music Hall or Washington Park for an unforgettable experience. Troy Savings Bank Music Hall also has several holiday gift card specials available. 

Dutch Apple Cruises

Give a gift card to Dutch Apple Cruises to the experience seeker on your list. Albany's Riverboat offers Hudson River sightseeing cruises, sunset cruises and several themed cruises throughout the warm weather months. These cruises all boast scenic Hudson River views and an unparalleled perspective of Albany's skyline. 

Albany FireWolves

Sports fans will love to cheer on the Albany FireWolves, Albany's new hometown lacrosse team! Choose between three holiday packs featuring tickets and FireWolves holiday gear bundled at discounted prices. The team plays at the Times Union Center, so gift recipients will enjoy the thrill of a lacrosse game in the heart of downtown Albany. Order holiday packs by 5:00 PM on December 15 for deliver by December 24. 


Give an overnight stay at a hotel in Albany County as a thoughtful gift this holiday season. Located around the corner from Wolf Road, the recently renovated Crowne Plaza Albany  The Desmond Hotel is a stunning spot to gift an overnight stay. The elegant Renaissance Hotel, nestled in the heart of downtown Albany, is the perfect combination of old world charm and modern flair for a fun staycation or quick weekend getaway. Nestled in Latham, The Century House offers cozy rooms packed with historic charm and a popular restaurant. Albany is also home to several charming boutique hotels including the Morgan State House Inn, Washington Park Inn and The Argus Hotel