How to Enjoy Winter in Rhode Island (Before it's too Late)

Are you disappointed that we seem to have skipped winter (so far)? Do you actually miss the snow covering the ground and frozen ponds and lakes? Here are a few solutions for getting your winter fix before spring officially sets in.

Are you disappointed that we seem to have skipped winter (so far)? Do you actually miss the snow covering the ground and frozen ponds and lakes? Here are a few solutions for getting your winter fix before spring officially sets in.

Ice Skating

While the lakes and ponds are not cold enough to safely figure-eight, there are several outdoor rinks throughout the state that provide the ice. These two locations are favorites among Rhode Islanders:

Newport Skating Center

Newport is known for its breathtaking ocean views and Eighteenth Century charm. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance of the rink, as well as special events held every night. The charm of this colonial port town is not lost in the winter, as the ocean views provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable night. (Tickets and rentals $3-$12). skatenewport.com

Bank of America City Center

The most well known and popular ice rink in Rhode Island is the Bank of America rink in downtown Providence. It might not be the same as the frozen pond in your backyard, but it’s the next best thing. Located down the street from the Providence Place Mall and many popular Providence restaurants, this rink sits in the heart of this state’s capital. The rink is affordable (Tickets and rentals $7-$10) and its size is twice as large as Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. kennedyplaza.org

Skiing

Yawgoo Valley

Just because it hasn’t snowed much in Rhode Island, doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it. Winter parks like Yawgoo Valley create their own winter wonderland with machines that turn thousands of gallons of water into bright white snow. Thirty acres of ski and snowboarding terrain offer trails for both novices and beginners. If you have never experienced the slopes firsthand, this is a perfect place to start. They offer special packages for groups that include a lesson, rental and lift ticket ($50). They also offer private lessons for $70. yawgoo.com

Snow Tubing

Yawgoo Valley

Yawgoo also has a snow tubing park. Enthusiasts make their way down the slope secured in round, inflatable tubes. This part of the park is a safe way to enjoy the snow, and a great way to let the kids have fun, too. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. (Tickets are only available at the park during designated times). yawgoo.com