Adirondack Balloon Flights P.O. Box 65, Glens Falls, 793-6342. adkballoonflights.com. What better way to view the scenic Adirondack mountains than from above? Gift certificates available.
Albany’s Indoor Rockgym 4C Vatrano Road, Albany, 459-7625. airrockgym.com. When the going gets tough, the tough climb the walls. Top-roping, lead climbing, bouldering and caving available. Private and group instruction offered as well as birthday parties for the willing and the brave.
Adirondack Mountain Club Albany chapter: P.O. Box 2116, Albany, 899-2725. adk.org. Just an hour from the Capital Region, the Adirondacks boast some of the best views in the state—perfect for when you need a break from the grind of city life. The ADK hosts hikes and outings, meetings and seminars for the outdoorsy set.
Albany Aqua Ducks 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, 462-3825, albanyaquaducks.com. An amphibious tour and trolley tour company, featuring historic tours of the capital city of Albany. The Ducks offer unique, education and fun-filled tours. See the sites and then spash into the Hudson River for a mariner’s view of the city skyline. The trollys offer a seasonal loop tour and are available year-round for charters and events.
Aquilonia Comics 412 Fulton St., Troy, 271-1069. Troy’s comic treasure trove is home to all the latest comics, graphic novels, movie tie-ins and toys.
Arlene’s Artist Materials 57 Fuller Road, Colonie, 482-8882. An art-supply store that meets the needs of the creative soul.
The Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. artscenteronline.org. The center features changing art exhibits, performances and state-of-the-art studios where a multitude of classes are taught. Drawing, painting, weaving, ceramics, woodworking, dance, jewelry making and much more are regularly featured.
Aunt Katie’s Attic 7052 Amsterdam Road, Scotia, 887-3026. auntkatiesattic.com. Specializing is vintage kitchen and kitsch.
Aurora’s Boutique 11 3rd St., Troy, 266-1191. Glamorous, vintage cocktail dresses, foxy shoes, purses and jewels.
Battlefield Live Laser Tag Crossgates Mall, Albany, 869-2450, battlefieldliveatalbany.com. Indoor battlefield influenced by military training scenarios and computer games. Great for birthday parties.
Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy 3 Cerone Commercial Dr., Albany, 489-4026, cnwsmt.com. A school where students of all ages can learn the art and science of therapeutic massage. Day, evening, full- and part-time programs available. Student massage clinic open to the public.
Creative Sparks 42 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2030. creativesparksceramics.com. Choose, design, and paint your own piece of pottery or a mosaic at this hands-on studio.
Déjà Vu 145 Wolf Road, Shopper’s Park, Albany, 459-6495. Clothing, candles, body jewelry, posters, smoking accessories and more.
Duanesburg Skydiving Club 5065 Western Turnpike, Duanesburg, 895-8140. duanesburgskydiving.com. Take a flying leap with the club’s expert skydivers and parachute instructors. Take a friend along—group rates available.
Earthworld 537 Central Ave., Albany, 459-2400. earthworldcomics.com. Albany’s largest comics store—get your fix with tons of back issues, underground comics and toys.
Electric City Comics & Magazines 1704 Van Vranken Ave., Schenectady, 377-1500. electriccitycomics.com. The area’s best selection of back issues. Also, new issues and magazines.
Excape 302 Lark St., Albany, 463-1902. A new-age boutique.
Funplex 589 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, 477-2651. funplexfunpark.com. Go-cart racing, bumper boats, batting cages, a climbing wall, and the ever-popular Mystic Lagoon miniature golf course. In between athletic endeavors, enjoy an ice cream cone at Lickety Splits.
Fun Spot 1035 Route 9, Queensbury, 792-8989. lakegeorgefun.com. Featuring roller-skating, Laser Tron, go-karts and two water slides.
Lake George Kayak Co. Main Street, Bolton Landing, 644-9366. lakegeorgekayak.com. Offering sales, rentals, lessons and tours in kayaking and hiking.
Magic Moon 15 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-2488. A metaphysical boutique
with candles, incense, books, crystal, goddess clothing, greatful dead memorabilia and more.
Mohawk Valley Skydiving 4281 Amsterdam Road, Schenectady, 372-4883. Offering tandem and accelerated freefall jumps, videos, photos and skydiving instruction.
Northern Lights Shop 30 Fuller Road, Colonie, 453-3402. A wide selection of traditional hookahs and shisha, acrylic, metal, wood, incense, beaded curtains, tapestries and posters, as well as hand-blown glass items by local artists.
Oasis Family Fun Park 97 North Greenbush Road, Troy, 283-3646, oasispark.net. Miniature golf, laser tag, defender dome, paddleboats, ice cream and more. Voted Metroland’s Best Mini Golf Course 2009.
Orion Boutique 169 Jay St., Schenectady, 346-4902. A staple of Schenectady’s Jay Street for as long as we can remember. For anyone walking the block, it’s a must-see. Everything from clothing and hand-made silver jewelry to a full line of pipes and smoking accessories.
Outer Zone 82 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 587-8243. outerzonesaratoga.com. Laser tag in a two-story arena with music and special targets. Birthday party packages available.
Peaceful Inspirations 384 Kenwood Ave., Delmar, 439-7039. peacefulinspirations.net. Yoga supplies, drums, books for adults and children, jewelry, fair-trade items and more.
Pigment 269 River St., Troy, 720-0058. Artist-owned-and-operated art-supply store. Materials for the student and the professional. Students get 10-percent discount with valid ID.
The Pottery Place Stuyvesant Plaza, 446-0870. thepotteryplace.com. A hands-on, paint-your-own pottery studio.
Prism Glass Works 225 4th St., Troy, 273-8556. troyglassworks.com. Custom hand-blown glass, specializing in tobacco pipes, goblets, marbles, ornaments and sculptures.
River Rocks Jewelry & Beadshop 209 River St., Troy, 273-4532. Riverrocksbeadshop.com. The largest selection of beads in the area: Swarovski crystals, freshwaters pearls, gorgeous gemstones, ethnic beads, silver vermeil, findings and tools, plust lots of handmade jewelry by in-house designers. Custom orders available.
Saratoga Beads 80 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 584-7733. An artist-owned-and-operated shop where you can design and make your own jewelry from more than 3,000 different beads.
Saratoga Organics 38 Front St., Ballston Spa, 885-2005. saratogaorganics.com. Organic and hydroponic gardening supplies. Horticultural lighting and repair. Beneficial insects, organic seeds and natural pesticides.
Saratoga Savoy Center of Dance 7 Wells St., Saratoga Springs, 587-5132. saratogasavoy.com. A dance studio specializing in social dancing. Argentine tango, ballroom, lindy hop, swing and more. Special workshops with some of the world’s best dancers.
Shining Star 244 Lark St., Albany, 465-1177. “Nothing you need, everything you want,” including glass, tapestries, statuettes and incense.
Spa City Comics 47.5 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 583-7760. Offering new and old comics, anime videos and graphic novels.
Zombie Planet 1238 Central Ave., Albany, 438-7202. zombie-planet.com. Collectible card games, miniature board games, role-playing games and much more.