As Albany transforms into a winter wonderland, outdoor fun such as ice skating, skiing and sledding may top your Winter Bucket List. But, sometimes, the cold weather might just be too cold. Instead of staying cooped up at home, get out and discover the magic of Albany indoors! We’ve rounded up some of the best local activities that don’t require a scarf, hat and gloves to be enjoyed.

Albany Distilling Co

Capital Craft Beverage Trail

Warm up from the inside out by visiting a few of Albany’s most popular craft beverage spots! C H Evans Brewing Company, Albany’s first brew pub, and Albany Distilling Co., Inc., Albany’s first licensed distillery since Prohibition, offer tours every Saturday afternoon for a behind-the-scenes look at their facilities. If you prefer to sip on your own, enjoy a pint of hard cider at Nine Pin’s Tasting Room or make a meal out of it at Druthers Brewing Co. Whether you visit one spot, or hit all four, the Capital Craft Beverage Trail is great way to warm up on a wintery day.

Palace Theatre exterior

The Palace Theatre

Located in the heart of downtown, the historic Palace Theatre offers a diverse range of popular musical acts, cultural events and classic movies. During the upcoming cold weather months, there is a show that will please everyone from  a world-class ballet, to the “The American Led Zeppelin,” , to a Frozen Family Fun Day. The Palace Theatre is also on the National Register of Historic Places, so explore before the show and soak up the beautiful interior architecture!

Lucky Strike Social

Crossgates Mall

Escape the chill at Crossgates Mall, the Capital Region’s largest shopping, dining and entertainment destination. After you shop ‘til you drop, relax with a stand-up comedy show at the Funny Bone or catch the latest blockbuster hit at Regal Crossgates Stadium 18 & IMAX. Or, head down to Lucky Strike Social for a round of bowling and a bite to eat. It’s a full day of indoor fun and excitement for all ages!


Albany’s Museums

Take a journey to the past and stop by a local museum (or two!). History buffs will love browsing the current exhibits at The New York State Museum including Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal, Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Suffrage Centennial and A Spirit of Sacrifice: New York State in The First World War. If you are more of an art museum maven, the Albany Institute of History & Art has great exhibits to explore, including Well-Dressed in Victorian Albany, The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute, and The Fashionable Portrait.