From toasty cocktails sipped next to a roaring fire to winter bird walks and even some horseback beach trails, there's no shortage of opportunities for January wanderlusting here in Newport. 

For a dose of fresh air, check out the pop-up igloos in and around Newport, pose for a photo-op at our favorite winter spots, or bundle up and make your way to Simmons Farm for a goat hike.

For more ideas, check out our picks for the month below. 

1 Newport Polar Bear Plunge

Where:
Easton's Beach
When:
January 1, Starting at 12:00 PM

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary!

Every New Year's Day the Newport Polar Bears Club invite anyone crazy enough to join them for a swim in the Frosty North Atlantic Ocean for charity. All proceeds from the swim go to A Wish Come True, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Rhode Island.

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2 38th Annual Hangover Classic

Where:
Colt State Park
When:
January 1, 10:30 AM

Start the year off right with the 38th annual hangover classic-style road race! Enjoy picturesque Bristol with a stunning course through Colt State Park and beautiful Poppasquash Rd.

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3 Goat Hikes at Simmons Farm

Where:
Simmons Farm
When:
Saturdays & Sundays
Cost:
General Admission is $25.00, $10 Hike only, no goat, $40 Family Ticket (one goat per family)

Whatever the season, the goats of Simmons Farm welcome You to join them for a stroll through our bucolic pastures. Enjoy the company of your Caprine friend as they escort you through our scenic farm. Enjoy the simple pleasures in time spent outside in nature. The goats will meander along, stopping often to snack and nibble on whatever is still sweet and green all around them. During a global pandemic it is important to get outside and enjoy the company of others, human and goat and this is a perfect adventure to cover it all!

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Goat Hikes Simmons Farm

 

4 Afternoon Tea Service at Hotel Viking

Where:
The Garden Room at Hotel Viking
When:
Saturdays & Sundays, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost:
$49 per person, tax and gratuity not included

Experience a winter tradition at Hotel Viking.  Make your way to One Bellevue for an iconic tea experience that includes quintessential tea pairing and is accompanied by a champagne and cocktail cart. They may be almost 100 years old, but this Tea Service is anything but stuffy! Prepare for an elegant experience in smart casual attire.

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6 Farmers Market at Mount Hope Farm

Where:
Mount Hope Farm
When:
Saturdays in January, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The year-round farmers market at Mount Hope Farm happens every Saturday morning. Swing by to pick up your local produce, bread, meat, fish, kombucha, and more each week as well as listen to live music in the summer, connect with local nonprofits and community organizations, and visit with friends!

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7 Aquidneck Growers Market

Where:
Stoneacre Garden
When:
Saturdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Aquidneck Community Table’s Growers Markets provide easy access to seasonal, regionally-grown food and greater awareness of the benefits of eating fresh local foods for our health, the strength of our local economy, the viability of agricultural life, and the future of our earth.

Our marketplaces feature both organic and conventionally-grown products that include fresh vegetables, cut flowers, herbs, fruit, plants, eggs, breads, baked goods, meats, seafood, cheese, salsa and prepared foods such as soups, vegan foods, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern cuisine.

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8 Tiverton's Farmers Market

Where:
Tiverton Middle School Gymnasium, 10 Quintal Drive
When:
Sundays in January
Time:
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM

A Local Farmers Market situated right smack in the middle of this cozy town of Tiverton, RI. Connecting the community to fresh & local produce, agriculture, makers, products and art. Located at the Tiverton Middle School Gymnasium, 10 Quintal Drive. 

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9 FREE FAMILY FUN DAY

Where:
Audubon Nature Center & Aquarium
When:
January 6, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost:
Free

Thanks to Citizens Bank, the Nature Center and Aquarium is open free to the public the first Saturday of every month. Enjoy nature stories, animal discoveries, hikes and more. No need to register!

The Schedule:​

  • 10:00 am – 3:00 pm: Craft Table
  • 10:00 am – Nature Story
  • 11:00 am and 2:30 pm – Animal Interview
  • 1:00 pm – Tracking Animals in Winter: Bundle up and head out with an Audubon naturalist to look for animal tracks and other signs of wildlife on the refuge.
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10 Norman Bird Sanctuary Happenings

FREE WEDNESDAY NATURE WALKS

Winter walks just got easier. Head to Norman Bird Sanctuary each Wednesday this January for a fun and free nature walk (weather determining.)

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NEW YEAR'S WINTER WELLNESS WORKSHOP

Welcome the New Year with wellness and receive nurture from nature. This unique event will send you home feeling relaxed and prepared to succeed in the New Year ahead. Set your intentions with guided meditations and journaling sessions. Try winter herbs for wellbeing, cleanse with stretching and yogic breath work, and walk under the winter night sky to experience a new appreciation for our beautiful forests.

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Music Events This January

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NEE JAM

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