Don’t let our little state fool you, Rhode Island is full of winter activities to keep you busy.
Here are some of our favorites for the Providence area…
Whether you like to go downhill on two skis, a board, or on a tube, Yawgoo Valley is the place for you! Located just 30 minutes from Providence, they are Rhode Island’s only ski area and snow tubing park. With the help of man-made snow, they are open from December through March- weather permitting. They offer 13 trails, 4 lifts- 2 double chairs and 2 surfaces, and 2 snow tubing tows. Didn’t bring any equipment with you? They have rentals for $30 a day. They also have lessons and special events.
Looking for farm-fresh food in a neat setting? Head on over to the Farm Fresh Providence Farmers Market just 1 mile down the road from us at 10 Sims Ave. This indoor farmers market is open year round on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm with over 60 local vendors. Here you will find locally grown products, meats, eggs, baked goods, lotions, candles, just to name a few. The Providence Flea can also be found at 10 Sims Ave. every Sunday, February 4 through May 5 from 11 am to 3 pm. *No market Easter Sunday (3/31)
The RISD Museum is the perfect spot to warm up especially if you visit their Café Pearl for hot cocoa. The RISD Museum art collection contains more than 100,000 pieces dating from ancient times to the current day, of which 2,152 of them are on display. They include costumes, decorative art, furniture, paintings, sculpture, and textile from all over the world. The museum is open Tuesdays – Sundays 10 am to 5 pm and Thursdays 12-8 pm. Admission is free on Sundays from 10 am – 5 pm and Thursdays 5-8 pm.
The Roger Williams Park Zoo is running its annual Winter Wonder Days. Enjoy 1/2 off daily admission now through February 29. The zoo is located on 40 acres of woodlands. While there, you will find it hard to believe it’s located in Providence. It’s home to more than 160 species of animals. If you need to warm up during your visit, step inside their Faces of the Rainforest exhibit. Here you will meet river otters, howler monkeys, flamingoes, and much more. Stop by Nourish 401 if you work up an appetite; enjoy made-to-order salads, sandwiches, snacks, and more in the heart of Wilderness Plaza. Roger Williams Park Zoo is the 3rd oldest zoo in the country, having opened in 1872. Check out all of Roger Williams Park. Other great indoor activities while there include the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium and the Botanical Center.
If you want to spin out of control, skate on over to the Bank Newport City Center in downtown Providence. Here not only will you find ice skating, but the first outdoor rink to host ice bumper cars! These super cool ice bumper cars can move forward, backward, and sideways with a full 360 turn radius. Just bump anyone that gets in your way! The skating center is open daily 10 am-10 pm from Early December through Early-March. Not a great skater? They offer skate aids for kids and adults! Yes, please!!
Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us in the comments.