Our Favorite Outdoor Activities for a Rhode Island Winter


Beautiful winter forest landscape, trees covered with snowStir-crazy? Cabin Fever? It may be cold outside, but there are still so many great local outdoor activities in Rhode Island to try! Don’t let the cold keep you from enjoying some of the best things about winter in RI!

Maple Sugaring

Maple Sugaring is truly a New England pastime and you don’t have to drive to Vermont or New Hampshire to participate. Once you’ve got your local syrup, try your hand at a little Sugar on Snow, another old New England tradition! 

Spring Hill Sugarhouse, 522 Gardner Rd, Richmond

Coggeshall Farm Museum, 1 Colt Drive, Bristol, RI 

Chepachet Farms & Sugar House, 226 Tourtellot Hill Rd, Chepachet 

Woodville Maples, 217 Wood Street, Hopkinton, MA 


Go Sledding


Try Snowshoeing Or take advantage of one of the many other winter classes offered by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.  Audubon Society of Rhode Island | Connecting People with Nature


Take a Winter Hike You don’t have to be a wilderness master to enjoy a walk through the snowy woods. Winer is a great time to have fun learning about animal tracks. There are plenty of resources online or grab a guide and hit the trails. If you don’t already have a favorite hiking spot, check out RI Families in Nature, The Audubon Society of Rhode Island for ideas, or jump in on a “Park Rx” Family Hike. Other favorite hiking spots include Lincoln Woods State Park, (2 Manchester Print Works Rd, Lincoln) and Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy, Legion Memorial Dr, Providence


Take a Seal Watching Tour Did you know the seal is the Rhode Island state mammal? Learn all about them and try to spot some in the wild on a Save the Bay Seal Watching Tour in Newport. They offer a variety to choose from November- April.  


Visit Yawgoo Valley Rhode Island’s only location for winter sports like skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Group and private lessons available for everyone ages 3 & up. Prices & hours vary.


Ride Bumper Cars on Ice The Providence Rink is one of the only place in the state where you can try driving bumper cars on ice and young kids can share a car with a parent! Hours alternate between bumper cars and ice skating so be sure to check their website for hours and ticket availability before you head downtown. (Ticket Price: $12 for 20 min)


Visit the Cape We know when you hear “Cape’ you think summer, but winter is the perfect time to snag a deal with that off-season pricing. Take the whole family on vaca or sneak off for a romantic kid-free weekend.