Non-Lame Things To Do With Teens In The Capital Region

by Sandra Foyt on February 15, 2010

in Travel Ideas

shelter It’s not easy finding fun things to do with teens, and eliciting genuine enthusiasm often seems like an impossible dream.  As if it wasn’t hard enough to persuade one child, you usually have to convince at least two since most teenagers don’t want to go anywhere without a friend.

Sure, you can get them to go for the old standbys, movies and the mall, but sometimes you want them to try something new and maybe get a little exercise too.

Here are five activities in the Capital Region that are popular with teens, and that get them moving too:

1. Roller Skating:

Guptill’s Arena
Latham, NY
Open: Thursday-Sunday

Admission: $7.00, Skate Rental: $3.00

Rollarama Skating Center
Schenectady, NY
OPEN: Tuesday-Sunday
Admission: Varies, Coupons Available, Skate Rental: $3.00


2. Rock Climbing

The Edge Halfmoon
1544 U.S. 9  Clifton Park, New York 12065
(518) 982-5545
Tree Paad Fun Center
Malta, NY
Open: Wednesday-Thursday,
Admission: $20.00/2 Hours (or Varies Per Ticket)
Albany’s Indoor RockGym
Albany, NY
Open: Monday-Sunday
Admission: $12.00, Equipment Rental: $6.50


3. Laser Tag

Tree Paad Fun Center
Malta, NY
Open: Wednesday-Thursday,
Admission: $20.00/2 Hours (or Varies Per Ticket)

Zero Gravity Laser Tag Arcade

Albany, NY
Open: Tuesday-Sunday
Admission:$8.00 (1 Game) – $18 (3 Games)

4. Skateboarding

The Shelter Skatepark & Shop
Albany, NY
Open: Friday-Wednesday
Admission: $10 Members/$14 non-members/Session


5. Bowling

Del Lanes

Delmar, NY
Open: Daily
Admission: Varies
Spare Time East Greenbush
East Greenbush, NY
Open: Daily
Admission: Varies


Saratoga Strike Zone
Saratoga Springs, NY
Open: Daily
Admission: Varies


Tippy Bowl
Ballston Spa, NY
Open: Daily
Admission: Varies

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Daniel B. February 24, 2010 at 3:27 am

One bowling alley left off the list is the Playdium in Albany. It’s tucked a few blocks off the main drag, and when you get there, you’ll wonder what it’s doing in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Also it has one of the great illuminated signs of the region.
.-= Daniel B.´s last blog ..The Impact of Food Critics =-.

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