Three places for winter fun in Rhode Island


January has bad press in these regions. As soon as the daylight fades and the freezing air creeps in, we head for our homes. No one can blame you for wanting to snuggle up under a blanket with a hot drink and a good book or a Netflix binge, but know that there are other options. Here are three cold weather destinations that might just be enough to pull you out of hibernation this winter.


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BankNewport Downtown Providence Ice Rink
Ice skating
Although Providence Ice Rink is open year-round, its winter activities can’t be beat. Located in the heart of downtown Providence, the space features an ice rink twice the size of Rockefeller Center. Open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (weather permitting), customers can enjoy three hours of uninterrupted skating from the time of ticket purchase. You can bring your own skates and take advantage of blade sharpening services if needed or rent a pair (in youth, men’s and women’s sizes) for $6.54. And don’t let any lack of experience (or balance) deter you; skate aids in the form of adorable penguins and safety helmets are also available for a small fee. If you want to hone your skills, or if you have a little one who dreams of becoming the next Olympic figure skating medalist or Stanley Cup champion, you can sign up for private, semi-private or group skating lessons at the rink. . Promotions include $2 off admission for college students on Wednesday nights and $2 off for adults between noon and 2 p.m. and 4 and 6 p.m. weekdays. With sufficient notice, the entire rink can be reserved for birthday parties or other private events. Daily tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children, seniors, and military (with valid ID). Season passes are $90 for single adults, $250 for families, and $50 for children and seniors. For more information, visit


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Ice bumper cars
Providence Rink is the first outdoor rink in the area to host this fun activity for all ages. Unlike your standard old-fashioned bumper cars that are attached to the ceiling via a pole mount, these puppies allow you to move forward, backward and sideways with a full 360 degree turning radius to smash into your fellow motorists. . Reservations are required and you have several options available to you. These include shared ice fares (where a small portion of the rink is dedicated to bumper cars while the rest goes to ice skating) for $12 per car; full ice fares (fifteen-minute sessions scheduled every twenty minutes) for $15 per car; or a full-ice private rate (one-hour exclusivity with up to ten cars) for a flat rate of $500. For more information, visit 2 Kennedy Square, Providence, 680-7390,


Boss Ice Arena
Ice skating
Although it can be chilly, the atmosphere at Boss Ice Arena is warm and welcoming for beginners and seasoned skaters alike. Its public skating is open to all ages, allowing you to enjoy the sport while listening to music and socializing with family and friends or even getting to know other skaters. Public skating is also ideal for hosting a birthday party or other group event (although private ice time, as well as the arena hospitality/party room, are also available for reservation). More skating opportunities include open figure skating for more experienced individuals looking to hone their skills and routines; public hockey for men and women aged fourteen and over; and late-night rock n’ skate events with music under special lighting. Skate rentals are available for $5 a pair. Admission prices are $7 for the general public and $3 for URI students, faculty, and staff. For rink schedules and more information, visit

college hockey
Boss Ice Arena has also hosted the University of Rhode Island’s men’s and women’s hockey teams since it was built in 2003. In fact, the NCAA Division I facility is named after the biggest supporter of the men’s program and 1955 team alumnus Brad Boss. To follow the Rams and maybe even catch a home game or two while wearing Keaney blue, visit and 1 Keaney Road, Kingston, 874-4988,


Gurney’s Newport Resort and Marina
Ice skating
With the historic Goat Island Lighthouse and calm waters as your backdrop, skate the 9,000 square foot surface of ice alongside determined friends, family or loved ones. Pack warm water and sachets of hot chocolate to sip between fights on the slick ice. The ice rink is open Monday to Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Parking is free; admission tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for children twelve and under, seniors sixty-five and over, and military personnel. Skate rental for all ages and sizes is $10. Keep an eye out for fun winter events the resort has to offer, as well as $2 admission specials available Wednesdays for family nights, Thursdays for college nights (bring a valid ID) , between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for school groups. and between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays for after-work hours. Are you organizing a private event? Request the rink for $500 per hour with skate rentals included and a full catering menu available upon request. For event reservations and more information, visit gurneysresorts.comnewport.


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Dinner in an igloo
The resort’s pop-up igloo dining experience offers dining under the stars in warmth and privacy. On the lounge and foyer terrace, the igloos, which can accommodate up to four people, offer an après-ski menu as well as Gurney Newport’s full lunch or dinner menus and specialty cocktails. Minimum prices for two-hour reservations are $175 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., with a minimum of $300 on holidays, and $275 between 5:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., with a minimum of 375 $ for statutory holidays. Choose from menu items such as soft pretzels with beer cheese dip, homemade venison chili, chicken and noodles, pear and beet salad, grilled cheese with bruschetta and bisque from tomatoes and shrimp and oatmeal. Drink specials include a Caribbean hot chocolate, golden apple cider, and caramel espresso martini. In the event of rain or snow, igloo reservations may move inside the resort’s main dining area. For reservations and more information, visit 1 Goat Island, Newport, 849-2600,


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The puck stops here

Most people (hockey fans and newbies) have heard of the Boston Bruins, but little Rhody has a thing for his AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. Get to know them before you bundle up in black and gold for an exhilarating rinkside experience.
Providence Bruins founded: 1992
Formerly known as: Maine Mariners (1987–1992)
Current Nickname: PBruins
League: American Hockey League
Department: Atlantic
Titles: 5 divisions, 3 regular seasons
Home Ice Cream: Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence
Season: October to April
Colors: Black, Gold and White
Mascot: Samboni (the bear)
Fun Fact: “Bruins” is derived from the name for brown bears used in classic folk tales. The name originated when Boston Bruins founder Charles Adams asked his general manager, Art Ross, to come up with a nickname that conjured up an image of an “untamed animal of speed, agility and cunning.” “. 1 Place La Salle, Providence, 331-6700,


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Hit the slopes

No matter the season, Yawgoo Valley is a destination for family fun. In winter, however, locals don their snowsuits and head to the valley’s tubing park or its ski area. The latter contains thirty-six acres of easy, intermediate, and advanced trails, complete with double chairlifts and tow ropes. The grounds also have a pro shop for seasoned skiers and snowboarders and a rental shop for dabblers, as well as a winter sports school for beginners. Seasonal snow passes are sold out, but visitors are encouraged to join the waitlist or purchase a day pass. tickets cost between $35 and $55 for adults, between $30 and $50 for youth, seniors and military; and $5 for children under five. The fee for the tube park — which includes a tube and a lift to the top of the hill, thank you Yawgoo — is $30 for ninety-minute sessions. Ski Resort, 160 Yawgoo Valley Rd.; Snow Tubing Park, 220 Yawgoo Valley Rd., Exeter,


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