As it nears the middle of winter, there’s still no sign of snow in sight. Although the days and nights can be bitter cold, Massachusetts has yet to have a winter storm that is so common during the winter months in New England. So what are winter-lovers to do without snow when its freezing cold? Here’s a list to help you out:
- GO ICE SKATING: Even though there might not be snow or frozen ponds, you can still go ice skating! Many indoor rinks have free skate time that won’t cost too much. Ice skating is a fun way to hang out with friends and family while also getting some exercise, too. And because it’s indoor, you won’t be as cold as you would be if you were skating outdoors. Try ice skating for an inexpensive, fun, and healthy way to have fun in the winter!
- TRAVEL TO PLACES THAT HAVE SNOW: Other states in New England, such as Vermont and New Hampshire, have snow. Because these places are much colder than around here, it snows quite often in the winter time. Take a quick drive into one of these states for the day and play in the snow. It only takes about 40 minutes to drive to Vermont or New Hampshire, so have fun building snowmen, making snow angels and sledding!
- GO SKIING OR SNOWBOARDING: While we might not have snow, most ski and snowboarding mountains do. If they don’t get their snow naturally, they make it themselves, allowing for a snow-covered mountain to enjoy winter sports on. Skiing and snowboarding are both fun ways to enjoy the winter while getting exercise. Even if you don’t know how to ski or snowboard, many of these mountains offer lessons to help you learn. Need some help finding a ski/snowboard mountain? Why not try Mount Snow or Butternut!
- HAVE A BONFIRE: Bonfires aren’t reserved for just late summer and fall. In past years, bonfires in the middle of winter were near impossible because of deep snow covering the ground and wood so wet, it would never burn. This year, without the snow, there is plenty of dry wood and green grass to have a bonfire. The cold air also makes the perfect atmosphere for a fire without getting over heated. So grab some hot chocolate and a group of friends, sit around a bonfire and pretend it’s still September.
- READ A BOOK: In today’s world, its difficult to find time to sit down and relax, so when we do get a moment to take time for ourselves, why not read a little? Reading for leisure can be extremely satisfying if you have a good book. Getting entertainment from a book is far better than watching T.V. because you’re able to use your imagination to create your own image of the setting and the characters. Looking for a good book? Try The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Its action-packed, a little sappy, and will keep you wanting more the further you read.
- GO TO THE BEACH: The beach is a popular place to spend summer, but not too many people travel to beaches in the winter. As long as you don’t plan on swimming in the freezing cold water, the beach could be quite enjoyable this time of year. Most beaches this time of year are free to enter, usually un-crowded if not empty, and as always, very beautiful. Spending the day at the beach in the winter is something not many people do, so switch up your normal winter-trip tradition and travel to your favorite beach for the day.