Since winter basically takes over most of the New England year, you know that there are plenty of things to do in the area. From holiday markets, to zip lining over snowy mountains to getting chocolate wasted as you sip hot cocoa at each and every one of your town’s eateries – it’s not hard to stay occupied during the long winter months.
So whether you’re on winter break, you’re just looking for something different to do this weekend, or you’re taking a “sick” day from work, here are 43 bucket list things to do in New England to make your winter one to remember.
Visit the frozen Arethusa Falls in the White Mountain National Forest.
And maybe even attempt some ice climbing if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
Rent a rustic cabin in the middle of the mountains.
Try and make your reservations on a snowy weekend to really up the ante.
Go snowmobiling in Pittsburg, New Hampshire.
Known for the best snowmobiling trails in the East!
Star gaze on a clear night at the BU Observatory.
Longer nights = more opportunity to enjoy those twinkling wonders of the world.
Go snow tubing at Nashoba Valley Tubing Park.
It’s the largest park in New England.
Try your hand at curling.
Yeah, it’s weird…but also pretty fun.
Visit America’s oldest bar in Newport, RI.
And warm yourself up with a warm, heavily boozed, drink. Or two.
Try ice sailing. (Or just watch some pros in action.)
Did anyone else know this even existed???
Kick back and enjoy a heartwarming Christmas movie at the Mendon Twin Drive-In Theater.
Be sure to bring blankets and hot cocoa to keep you cozy.
Rough it and go winter camping at Acadia National Park in Maine.
It WILL be cold.
Or just go glamping in the Berkshires instead.
To each their own.
Take a cooking class in the Kitchen of the Boston Public Market.
Seasonal tapas, gingerbread houses, pasta – they’ve got tons of options to pick from.
Raise money to support the Special Olympics, and take the Polar Plunge.
Just a quick dip in the FREEZING ocean never hurt anyone…
Face New England’s largest vertical drop and ski Mount Killington.
Don’t worry, there are smaller peaks too.
Burn your Christmas tree…
At the Old Newbury Bonfire tree burning event. Burn, baby, burn.
Go on a hot chocolate crawl in Boston.
Start at L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates.
…Or a hot toddy tour.
Make sure Jim Curley is on your list.
Visit 3 of the prettiest winter towns in America (as awarded by Travel & Leisure).
They include: Old Wethersfield, Ct; Bethel, ME; and Grafton, VT.
Tour the Winter Wine Trail in CT.
Wine, wine and more wine.
Visit an ice castle in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Your very own winter wonderland.
Cast your eyes on the unbelievable Newport Mansions.
And cry that you’ll probably never, ever live in one. Sniff, sniff.
Go to a Bruins hockey game.
Or go support your local team.
Go airboarding at Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont.
It’s kind of like tubing, but you have full control and can maneuver your way down the mountain.
Shred some gnar at Sugarloaf.
If you ski, try snowboarding for once…if you snowboard, give skiing a shot. If you do neither – toss a coin.
Try a new workout class…like glow-in-the-dark-yoga.
And actually commit to those New Years resolutions.
Climb to the top of Mt. Washington.
…and face the world’s worst weather. Lol.
Or just summit Baxter Peak and cross Knife Edge in Maine.
Apparently it’s New England’s most exhilarating mile! (This one is NOT for the faint of heart…as in, you should probably be an experienced mountain climber.)
Take a legit sleigh ride in Woodstock, Vermont.
So this is what it feels like to be old St. Nick.
Ride the Polar Express along the Cape. Seriously.
Dreams really do come true.
Cruise through the blistery air on a zip line at Cranmore.
*Face mask highly recommended.
Witness the magic that is Zoolights at Stone Zoo.
The perfect excuse to go to the zoo in sub zero temps.
Or the charm that is the Lantern Lights Tour at Mystic Seaport, CT.
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful?
Go ice skating at the first custom designed skating rink in New England.
Grab your partner, lace up those skates, and try to stay on two feet.
Go Christmas light hunting.
Enter any zip code into this ingenious search engine to locate incredible Christmas light displays near you.
Get your fancy on at the Champagne Lounge in the Rumba Hotel Bar in Boston.
Bring on the bubbly.
Build an igloo at the Montshire Science Museum in Norwich, Vermont.
You will learn the ins and outs of building a sturdy, insulated igloo…which could come in handy one day. You never know.
Find great beer, drink great beer on the Valley Beer Trail.
With a DD of course.
Go dog sledding in Bethel, Maine.
And try not to steal one of the adorable huskies. HEART. MELTING.
Or possibly skijouring in Mass?
It’s like cross-country skiing…with your dogs.
Maybe even snowkiting.
Think kiteboarding, but on snow.
Take a weekend road trip to explore the best Winter towns in New England.
You can’t beat the beauty of a New England winter, so you might as well see it all.
Get nice and cozy in a speakeasy…like Backbar in Somerville, MA.
Because winter is the perfect time to sneak away to a dark, mysterious bar and get wasted. I mean, classy drunk.
Soak in some incredible winter views from top of the Tufts library.
Ride a mountain coaster at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, MA.
Bobsledding. But safer. I think.