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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.