16 Wicked Fun Things to do in New England this Winter

Inside & outside, ideas for you to make the most of the season.

February 16, 2023     Behind the Pines

A couple of years ago we shared a list of pandemic-friendly winter activities. A second look at that bucket list proves creative fun never gets stale, and we actually miss some of those cozy at-home activities we’ve forgotten about now that we are back to our book clubs, restaurant nights-out, and line-dancing lessons. If you haven’t taken a winter hike this season, or had a living room campout, there’s no time like the present! And with life mostly back to normal, there are even more activities for us to enjoy. We’ve included some of those, too!

*Image of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston from www.suffolk.edu

Join a Sports Club: Fitness +Fun The Village Sports Club at The Pinehills is open with a ton of active ways to spend time in any weather – from pick-up basketball to pickleball leagues, (it’s all the rage for a reason,) to a glass of cab while the kids are playing tennis, to a challenging workout with Ignite Barre & Fitness, to a virtual round at Pebble Beach with your friends at Champions Indoor Golf.

The Bugs Bunny Film Festival. Kid-friendly and worth the trip to Harvard Square in Cambridge, the Bugs Bunny Film Festival is a classic. Featuring Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Taz, Tweety, Yosemite Sam, and the Roadrunner. At the Brattle from February 24 – 28.

Get Away. Part of living your best winter life in New England is, well, getting away from New England. The editors at Travel and Leisure share their favorite destinations to inspire you!

See Hamilton. If you haven’t seen the Tony Award-winning blockbuster yet, (hey, even if you have,) you have until March 12 to see Hamilton at the Opera House in Boston. Enter the Ham4Ham lottery for a chance at $10 tickets!

Write a letter. Quiet snowy Sunday? Brighten someone’s day. A friend, family member, or anyone who will appreciate a letter in the mail. Have a look at Letters Against Isolation.

Send a care package. Receiving a package is exciting - even in the era of Amazon. More so when it's a surprise from a friend or family member. Not to mention how fun it is to curate the contents for one of your favorites!

Zoom with far-flung friends and family. We're so glad to be back in person, but not everyone you love is close by. Even Gram and Gramps have Zoom skills, now. Put them to good use! It's pretty great to hear their voices AND see their smiles.

Visit a Museum. One thing that Plymouth is not short on is museums. Our friends at See Plymouth have a great listing of museums and historic houses to visit (and a lot more.) Or, take a drive up to Boston, (or hop on the commuter rail,) to enjoy museums that are among the best in the world.

Go for a hike. There are great trails to hike on the South Shore, and beautiful nature reservations to explore thanks to The Trustees, and the trails at Mass Audubon's Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary are here in Plymouth right next door to The Pinehills. (Which, incidentally, has more than 10 miles of paved and unpaved trails among the trees to enjoy!)

Gaze at the stars. Grab a blanket and a cup of hot chocolate, and go stargazing with the help of the Star Chart app downloadable on both iOS and Android.

Grocery shop for your local food pantry. Food prices and a general increase in the cost of living has hit hard for many of our neighbors. If you are able, why not shop for some extras to donate. The Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse always appreciates donations and The Market at The Pinehills is a drop off location.

Catch a Sunset on Cape Cod. Cape Cod is just 7 miles from The Pinehills. Without the summer crowds, a sunset from a Cape Cod beach is something to see. A few of our favorites: Race Point Beach, Provincetown; Skaket Beach, Orleans; Breakwater Beach, Brewster; Gray’s Beach, Yarmouth; West Dennis Beach, Dennis; and Nobska Lighthouse, Falmouth.

Get back to in person learning! The Plymouth Center for the Arts has classes for kids and adults. Oil Painting, Watercolor, Ceramics, Jewelry, Drawing and much more!

Have a living room camp out. Roll out your sleeping bags and curl up in front of the fire. Even the non-campers can enjoy.

Invite a Food Truck to your neighborhood. StrEATs can help, just like they did for The Pinehills neighborhood of Vista Point!

Take a drive. Our friends at New England Today put together a list of the Best 5 New England Winter Drives including one just over the bridge.

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