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Fun Things to Do Around Albany

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You can have fun in Albany no matter the season. The weather’s getting chilly and it seems like Netflix is the only option, but never fear! You can still spice up your schedule. Whether you’re trying to organize a fun hang out with friends or a cute date, Albany offers a variety of options.


Busses can be a hassle. Sometimes it’s better just to stay on campus. It’s not too cold to have a picnic next to Indian Pond. Indian Pond is underutilized by our community. It’s beautiful, full of wildlife, and quiet. Gather some friends and some snacks and spread out on the grass or picnic tables. Bring a frisbee or some cards and get a tournament going. At night you can curl up with a picnic blanket and a well-charged laptop and watch movies in Collins Circle. Make sure to bundle up in a big sweater and some fuzzy socks!


If you’re looking for fun off campus try the New York State Museum. It’s free and a route 12 bus away. The museum is full of exhibits, but my personal favorite is the carousel on the top floor. You can see all of Albany as you ride around on a plastic horse. The Corning Tower Observation Deck offers another great view. It is the highest building outside of New York City. From the 42nd floor you can see Albany, the Catskills and beyond.  


Once winter picks up, Empire Skate Plaza offers a cheap location to try out your ice skating moves. You can rent skates or bring your own. This is a fun activity for couples or friends. While you’re out you can build a snowman and hunt for winter treats. Take a stroll through Washington park and see all the lights. A cup of hot chocolate and some friendship will warm up your night.


This is the perfect season for spending time with friends indoors and outdoors. Don’t let the chilly weather stop you from exploring Albany.



Katie Gibson is the lifestyle editor for the Albany Student Press. She is also a DJ for WCDB.

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