While frosty winter days have us cozying up indoors with a steaming mug of hot chocolate and perhaps all the comfort food we can get our hands on, we're still embracing the great outdoors like it's sunny and 75. From outdoor ice bars set right on Narragansett Bay to winter bird walks and even some horseback beach trails, there's no shortage of opportunities for outdoor wanderlusting.
Below are your fresh-air picks.
GUIDED BIRD WALK
Lace up your boots and grab your binoculars for Sunday Bird Walks at the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Birding masters and beginners alike are welcome to join experts as they prowl the best bird watching spots that NBS has to offer. No registration required, just meet in the parking lot at 8:00 AM.
Dates: February 11; February 25; March 11; 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Where: 8:00 - 10:00 AM
FIRE & ICE BAR
Hotel Viking's courtyard will feature an Ice Bar and Fire Pits. Enjoy craft beer by Devils Purse Brewery and invigorating cocktails by Keel Vodka crafted by our mixologists. Cash Bar.
When: February 16 - 25
Time: 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Admission: Cash bar
Celebrate the season at the 22nd Annual WINEterfest weekend with two days featuring grape stomping competitions, an ice wine bar, live music from Little Compton Band, sweet and savory treats and more.
When: February 17 - 18
Time: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Admission: $25, includes wine tasting
POLAR PINEAPPLES ICE BAR
Pineapples outdoor bar at Gurney's will be transformed again this year for the 4th annual Polar Pineapples during Newport Winter Festival. Try a signature infused cocktail or specialty hot drink (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available) while enjoying views of the bay. This year we will have a variety of ice sculptures and an ice luge.
When: February 16 - 17
Time: 3:00 - 9:00 PM
Admission: Cash bar; Free hot chocolate at Five33 Lounge with bracelet
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Enjoy the spectacle of horsemanship and breathtaking views of Newport’s renowned beaches while ponies and players partake in a polo match on the sand.
When: February 17 - February 18
Time: 2:00 PM
13th ANNUAL ILLUMINATED GARDEN
Thousands of lights displayed in the three-acre quarry meadow.
When: Thursday, February 22
Time: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER LANTERN PARADE
The Jamestown Arts Center Lantern Parade begins and ends at the Jamestown Arts Center followed by a spectacular Festival in the gallery. Stroll the streets of quaint Jamestown as handcrafted lanterns light the way. All lanterns are welcome at the parade and festival, especially lanterns from previous parades.
When: Friday, March 2
Time: 6:00 PM
SPRING EQUINOX HIKE
Celebrate the first Saturday of spring with a hike at Ballard Park. Learn about the thirteen acre site’s history while exploring the mile+ of trails. Meet at the Hazard Road entrance.
Date: Saturday, March 24
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Admission: $5 suggested donation. $15 per group
NEWPORT NIGHT RUN
Rogers High School
The city-by-the-sea’s annual after-hours 5K starts and finishes at Rogers High School and benefits the Newport Public Education Foundation. The course showcases some of Newport’s most beautiful rural roads, including parts of Ocean Avenue and Hazard Road. Walkers and runners of all ages and paces are welcome to participate.
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Admission: $25 - $29
NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS
Featuring nine days of fun, free, family activities throughout Newport, the Festival allows visitors to revel in Mother Nature’s beauty while “going daffy” at twenty different events
Date: April 14 - 22
Time: Times vary. Schedule here.
All tours begin at the Brick Market Museum & Shop.
Rogues and Scoundrels
See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished.
Dates: Tuesdays and Fridays starting February 20,
Time: 11:00 AM
Discover Colonial Newport
Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people.
Dates: Sundays starting February 18
Time: 11:00 AM
Road to Independence
Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution.
Dates: Mondays and Thursdays starting February 19
Time: 11:00 AM
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