By Jordan Kalinsky
Between the dark days and snowstorms, it’s normal to want to hibernate through these frigid months. While it may be tempting to curl up inside all winter, here is a multitude of possible activities to help you beat the wintertime blues.
Catch a game at the Dunkin Donuts Center
Whether you prefer hockey, basketball, or both, the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence has entertainment for you. Take a front row seat at a Providence College basketball game, or make an appearance at a Providence Bruins hockey match. It’s a family friendly, affordable event sure to get you chipper for the winter.
Take a slide down Diamond Hill
If you find yourself in Cumberland by Diamond Hill road, stop by this former ski hill. This park has trails open throughout the winter, providing the perfect chance to take a walk through a snowy wonderland. Or, if you’re looking for some more daring adventure, grab a sled and hold on tight while you fly down the snowy slope.
Skate the ice rink at the Alex and Ani City Center.
Take a day trip up to Providence for some icy fun. This public rink is open from 10am to 10pm every day of the week, making it the perfect activity for snow days and winter break. Don’t have skates? Skate rental is affordable and accessible, so it is a great opportunity to explore the sport of figure skating at any level.
Skim the slopes at Yawgoo Valley
Whether you like to slalom expertly on skis or a snowboard, or prefer to lazily sled down hills, Yawgoo Valley can provide it all. Stop by this Exeter valley, pick up a day pass, and experience a day full of downhill snow sports. Take a snow tube on an exhilarating ride down the hill, or hop on some skis to take control of your adventure. While the passes may not be the cheapest way to occupy a chilly afternoon, it is a great opportunity to experience something new this winter.
Explore the Newport mansions
A popular tourist destination, the mansion walk in Newport is a treasure trove right in the backyards of Rhode Islanders. Although this is largely thought of as a summer activity, many of the mansions are open all winter, and they offer a new experience when placed against the snowy backdrop of a classic New England winter day. Experience the royal extravagance of The Breakers, take in the artistic murals at The Elms, or visit any of the other grand masterpieces during a fun, affordable, family-friendly tour over the coming season.
Take a Sleigh Ride at Chepachet Farms
Experience some fairytale fun as you ride through the dreamy snowy woods in a horse-drawn bobsled. This 35-40 minute ride can carry up to eight people, and will offer the cinematic views of a white winter. It is the perfect experience to gift during the holiday season, or to just splurge on during a long-awaited and rewarding break. The farm, located in the center of Chepachet, is also an interesting place to explore for a day after your ride through a snowy wonderland.