Things to Do in Albany, NY When Your Flight is Delayed

Having your flight delayed can be a drag, and being stuck in Albany, NY may not be quite as exciting as being stuck in, say, Las Vegas. But fear not! There are some really great places to visit within ten minutes of the Albany International Airport while you're waiting to get on your way. So grab a bite to eat, work out some pent-up energy, or take a stroll through the mall.

Eat at the Route 7 Diner

Just eight minutes from the Albany International Airport, the Route 7 Diner in Latham is a great place to stop for the traditional Greek diner experience. They're open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and are especially good for breakfast (which you can get all day). With their low prices and generous portions, you're guaranteed to be more satisfied than you would be if you just grabbed a bite on the plane. The beauty of a good diner is that there's a little something for everyone, and as you can see from their menu, that is true at the Route 7 Diner. Everyone in your group will be able to get what they want, whether it's French toast, a roast beef sandwich, or a nice souvlaki.

Ice Skate at the Albany County Hockey Facility

At less than a mile from the airport, the Albany County Hockey Facility is a good bet for some active fun while you wait for your flight. Check their schedule for public skate times, as they are subject to change, but there is typically at least an hour and a half each day reserved for the public to use the facility. Skate rental is only $3, and admission is $4 for adults and children over age five, $3 for senior citizens, and $2 for children under age five.

Shop at Colonie Center

If you're in the mood to shop (or just window shop,) take the eight-minute drive over to Colonie Center, a two-story indoor mall containing 120 stores and a food court. Stop at Barnes and Noble and pick up a book for your flight, or catch dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. If you have a long time to kill, there is also a Regal Cinema there (with stadium seating) where you can catch a movie. The mall is open from 10am to 9:30pm every day but Sunday, when it is open from 11am to 6pm.

Bounce at Flight Trampoline Park

Got kids with some energy to work out of their systems? Then check out Flight Trampoline Park, which is only nine minutes away from the airport by car. Flight is home to over 50 trampolines, including angled wall trampolines, as well as a series of different launching decks. Open jump is generally scheduled for 11am to 9pm, but check their website for changes in hours. For ages seven and up, you can expect to pay $13 for one hour of jumping, $18 for 1 1/2 hours, and $23 for two hours. For ages six and under, you'll pay $8 for one hour, $11 for 1 1/2 hours, and $15 for two hours. Just make sure to wear something comfortable, and be prepared to sign a waiver.

So if you're stuck on the ground in Albany, hopefully one of these activities will appeal to you so you can just relax and enjoy the journey -- delays included!

Veronica Stork has lived her entire 34 years in various places in the Hudson Valley (including Albany for a bit.) She has, thankfully, never had a flight she was on delayed for very long.