Destinations North America

Quintessential New England Winter Activities

Lots of places in the U.S. don’t have four seasons. So they are unable to experience fall and winter. That’s not the case with New England.

Ice Skating

There’s just something special about the first day the local rink opens. And then it’s that first skate on the fresh, untouched ice. I’m not one for skating on frozen ponds. I stick to indoor rinks.

Ice skating is a great winter sport to do with friends or as a family. The first time I went ice skating was on a school trip in elementary school.


Who says sledding is just for kids. Adults can go sledding too. Choose a nearby park or even sled down your street. There aren’t a lot of cars on the road when a lot of snow has freshly fallen.


Sleds work fine, as do garbage can covers and miscellaneous plastic pieces you can find. There are no rules. If it slides, it works.

Winter Sailboat Racing

This is something not for the faint of heart. Being out on the water in winter feels at least ten degrees colder than on land.

Frostbite racing is like normal racing, except you’re doing it at almost frostbite- inducing (not really) temperatures. Like I said before, not for the faint of heart.


I have never been either skiing or snowboarding, though I’d love to try one day. I hear that upstate Massachusetts and Vermont have great skiing. There’s no reason to go all the way to Colorado to enjoy the mountains covered in the fluffy white stuff.


Maybe you don’t have four seasons. What activities do you like to do in your climate?

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