It's Spring Break! Oh, Wait.…

Take advantage of the warm winter weather and check out these great outdoor events.

It's probably safe to say that February vacation week in Rhode Island has never been so nice. Aside from some spots of rain, the next five days will feel like spring break ought to feel. Grab the kids and take full advantage of the upper-forties, low-fifties temps with these great outdoor activities. Who can predict how long this mild weather will last? (Let’s just hope we don’t have to make up for it in April!)


Warm Zoo Wonderland

Roger Williams Park Zoo is offering half-price admission to patrons throughout February. Soak up the sun with red pandas, kangaroos, penguins and snow leopards.

Open daily 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Adults $6, seniors and children three to twelve $4. 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence,

Sunny Seal Safari in Newport

Climb aboard the Patriot and enjoy a one-hour narrated and guided seal safari of Narragansett Bay, Newport Harbor and Rose Island Lighthouse.

Feb. 22–24, noon and 2 p.m.; Feb. 25 and 26, noon and 2:30 p.m. Adults $18, $16 with Newport Winter Festival button; children $14, $12 with button. The safari leaves from the dock next to the Mooring Restaurant, 1 Sayers Wharf, Newport. For more information on this event and other Newport Winter Festival events throughout the week, visit

Winter Wonderful Dog Stroll

Dress your kids and pets in their lightest winter outfits and take a stroll through Newport. Prizes awarded to the best-dressed dog, best coordinated canine/human, look-alike canine/human and best dog winter trick.

Feb. 25. 11 a.m. Free. Starting at Wag Nation, 92 Williams St., Newport.

Polar Bear Plunge

The water might be cold, but the air will be mild, so rally the whole family and help raise money for Rhode Island’s Community Impact Fund. One hundred percent of donations raised will go to the United Way-funded program that helps East Bay residents in need.

Feb. 26. Noon. Easton's Beach, Memorial Blvd., Newport, 444-0612.