It is winter in New England, it gets cold really cold – 20 degrees cold. Winter here is anywhere from 3 months to almost 5 months. I hear many people really hating winter this time of year because they think there is nothing to do when it is cold out. From the beauty of snow and ice to all the fun activities that are available only in the winter I have come to look forward to winter and with such long winters that is great. Here are some of my favorite winter activities.
Cross country skiing is great exercise and it is really hard to be cold while working up a sweat! A great place to start is Windblown cross country ski area has beautifully groomed trails, warming huts, knowledgeable staff, rental center and a family friendly cafeteria. If you have skis there are many great places to go for free, one of my favorites is Bedford ski trails.
Windblown Ski Area New Ipswich, NH http://windblownxc.com/
Bedford, NH cross country ski http://www.bxcsc.org/
Snowshoeing is great if skiing isn’t for you but you still want to be outside in the winter. You never know what beauty in nature you will find when outside exploring!
Beaver Brook in Hollis, NH offers snowshoe rentals as well as some guided walks on their beautiful trails. http://www.beaverbrook.org/visit-us/snowshoeing-at-beaver-brook/
Snowshoe suggestions for NH http://traveltips.usatoday.com/snowshoeing-londonderry-nh-105311.html
Link to beautiful snowflakes https://www.flickr.com/photos/chaoticmind75/
Ice Castles in Lincoln, NH Ice slides for the kids and the willing grown ups. Only walking required, I do recommend very warm clothes and boots for walking in the shaved ice. The artistic ice sculptures are beautiful day and night it really is a magical place.
Ice skating inside available on bad weather days and outside rinks all over New England with many free of charge.
Nashua, NH http://www.conwayarena.com/
Exeter, NH skating http://www.therinksatexeter.com/publicskating.htm
Sledding is great for kids but also for bringing out the fun in grown ups.
Snow tubing like sledding but can be more of a group event especially with lodge time after.
Pats Peak Ski Area Henniker, NH http://www.patspeak.com/snowtubing.html
Nashoba Valley Westford, MA http://www.skinashoba.com/tubing.html
Snowmobiling in the White Mountains is a great way to see the trails with speed.
Great links for many activities in New England http://www.discovernewengland.org/new-england-activities/winter-adventures/
Indoor climbing is a great indoor workout and kids usually love it, probably because they are naturally great at it!
Indoor bounce places great way to burn off some stress and have some laughs for kids of all ages
Museums and Aquariums both are art to me, one is just nature’s art.
Currier Museum of Art http://www.currier.org/
New England Aquarium http://www.neaq.org/index.php
Winter really can be a fun time to get out and explore! Try a few or try them all and you will wish winter was longer! Share your ideas for adventure in the winter with me, I am always looking for a new adventure. Winter is a great time to Roar Loud!