Do you want to build a snowman? Come on, let's go and play…sorry we had to.

Frosty winter days have officially arrived, which means snow days are looming in the near future. From sledding to dining in igloos, or simply admiring the snow from the warmth of the indoors next to a roaring fire, there's no shortage of opportunities for snow day fun here in Newport.

Thinking of how you should spend your next snow day? Below are some of our favorite picks to show you there's more to do than just building a snowman when the weather is frightful—although we’ll never say no to playing in the snow.

 

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Sledding at Fort Adams State Park

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When the ground is covered in a blanket of snow, it's finally time to break out your favorite snow gear, bundle up and go sledding. Head to Fort Adams State Park (near the Rugby pitch and fields) where you will find some great hills that are ideal for sledders of any age to enjoy. 

Pro Tip: If Fort Adams is busy, head over to Morton Park, a quieter spot with a smaller hill, great for families and children of all ages!

 

Cliff Walk

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Cliff Walk is known to be a go-to summer activity—it's where the serenity of salt air and the familiar sound of crashing waves meets with the awe of Gilded Age architecture. Add a dusting of snow to this breathtaking walking path, and Cliff Walk transforms into a magical winter wonderland that is an absolute must-see.

Disclaimer: Conditions on the Cliff Walk may be icy in these conditions. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing, and exercise caution in the snowy conditions.

Cliff Walk Newport RI Winter

 

Bellevue Avenue & Newport Mansions

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Take a stroll (or drive) down Bellevue Avenue and take in the picturesque views of this historic street sheathed by trees and mansions from the Gilded Age all cloaked in a blanket of snow. When you’re ready to warm up, head inside one of the mansions and take a tour of the beautiful, historic Gilded Age summer homes. 

Please note: Planning a visit to one of the Newport Mansions? Be sure to check the operating schedule, prior to your arrival, to plan accordingly. 

Winter Bellevue Ave

 

Ice Skating at Newport Harbor Island Resort

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When the storm clears, make your way to Newport Harbor Island Resort and glide across their outdoor skating rink with unobstructed views of the Newport Bridge, Goat Island Lighthouse and Newport Harbor as your backdrop.

If skating doesn’t pique your interest, take a seat at one of the fire pits around the ice rink and admire the beautiful freshly fallen snow while sipping on a decadent hot chocolate.

 

Dine in a Pop-Up Igloo

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On a cold winter night (or day)—instead of staying indoors—enjoy a cozy, decorated, and heated igloo overlooking the bay. These cold weather dining domes are the perfect place to stay warm while still experiencing the storm’s beauty somewhat outdoors.

Igloos are located at the Newport Harbor Island Resort, The Reef Newport and Diegos, learn more here

Gurney's Igloo Winter

 

The Chanler Hot Chocolate Bar

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Hot Chocolate is a must have winter treat to warm you up from the inside out on the frostiest of days. Stop by the Chanler at Cliff Walk for a sip of gourmet hot chocolate from their hot chocolate bar. Spiked hot chocolate is optional for those over 21—a snow day stop that both kids and adults will love.

Note: The hot chocolate bar is currently closed for the month of January and will reopen from February 11 through April 2.

 

Take a Winter Hike

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This island is home to some of the most spectacular hiking and walking trails in New England. For your next snow day, make your way to one of these trails for a snowy winter hike: venture along paths like Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Norman Bird Sanctuary, or the Sakonnet Greenway Trail.

For adventurous hikers and winter sport enthusiasts, hit the trails with your cross country skis or snowshoes (BYOS—bring your own skis/snowshoes) for the ultimate day in the snow. 

 

Tasting at Newport Vineyards

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If being outdoors on a snowy day is not your cup of tea, head to Newport Vineyards for a wine or beer tasting sure to brighten your spirits. Admire the rows and rows of vines coated in white, while sipping your way through the storm from the warmth of the indoor tasting room.

newport vineyards snow show

 

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