Cold weather doesn't have to mean hibernation. In fact, now's a great time to plan a winter getaway. We've got some fun, safe winter adventures that are family-friendly and affordable! 

Empire State Plaza Ice Rink

Ice skate at Empire State Plaza

Ice-skate at Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, open from early December to March. Skate across the ice, with view to New York State Capitol, Empire State Plaza, and iconic Egg. $4 adults/$3 for kids. 


Rent snowshoes and hit the wintry trails


Snowshoe Thacher Park

Explore the beautiful trails of Thacher Park on snowshoes. These trails offer panoramic views of the wintry countryside, and you can rent shoes for just $5 at the Emma Treadwell Nature Center, right in Thacher Park.  

Festive holiday shopping 

Holiday Shopping 

Holiday shop at Stuyvesant Plaza, home to many independent boutiques and high-end retailers, also gets festive during the holiday season, with beautiful decorations, and even horse-drawn carriage rides! And while you're there, grab lunch at Peaches Café, with a full menu of freshly made sandwiches, salads, and pastries. On Sunday, they serve delicious brunch. 

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park 

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Oooohh and ahhhh over Capital Holiday Lights in the Park, the must-see-it-to-believe-it, annual holiday lights display at beautiful Washington Park. Hot chocolate and snacks served in the Lakehouse. Vehicle fee $20. 

Grandma makes the best pies!

Nourish yourself at Grandma's Pies and Restaurant

Enjoy breakfast or lunch at Grandma's Pies & Restaurant, from World Famous Cream of Turkey Soup to 46 varieties of homebaked pies, this restaurant couldn't be more homey on a cold winter day. 

Fox in the Albany Pine Bush 

Explore a unique habitat

For the naturalists, check out Albany Pine Bush. This science and education center, set in the midst of one of the few remaining inland pine barrens, offers a full calendar of kid-friendly nature talks, demonstrations, and hikes. $5 family.

Children's Museum of Science and Technology 

STEM is Child's Play at CMOST

Too Cold for Outdoor Adventures? Head indoors to explore STEM with hands-on activities and learning opportunities at the Children's Museum of Science and Technology! $5 per person.