Close up shot of ice skater's ice skates on a rink

Wintertime Outdoor Activities in Newport

Newport is a four-season destination, remaining lively throughout the winter despite the cold temps and snow. Local businesses and organizations are dedicated to creating fun and educational opportunities throughout the winter, from ice skating to walking tours. Enjoy our recommendations for wintertime outdoor activities in Newport, and plan your New England getaway now. Our boutique Newport hotels are the perfect cozy spots to return to after an invigorating day spent exploring Newport.

Ice Skate on the Waterfront

The Newport Skating Center constructs a large ice skating rink on the Newport waterfront every winter, to the delight of kids and adults alike. Rent skates or bring your own and enjoy some time on the ice at this scenic ice rink in Newport. A warming hut, restrooms, and concession stand (complete with a hot cocoa bar!) mean you can stay for a while without fear of being too cold. After your skate session, you're in the perfect spot to enjoy happy hour or a snack downtown.

Newport Skating Center | 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport | (401) 846-3018

Bird Watching with the Audubon Society

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island ( leads guided bird walks throughout the winter at its nearby bird sanctuary in Middletown. With over 300 acres of preserved land, you'll see many species of birds, some overwintering in Rhode Island and some native. Guided by Audubon staff naturalists, you'll learn much more about the area than what birds you're seeing. Check its Facebook page to confirm the morning walk's details before you head out.

Norman Bird Sanctuary | 583 Third Beach Rd, Middletown | (401) 846-2577

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry at the Newport Winter Festival

From February 15-24, 2019, the Newport Winter Festival takes over the city, with live music, ice bars, and special food events. From princess costume contests and a Jimmy Buffet cover band to ice sculpting and chili cook-offs, there truly is something for everyone. Fight the mid-winter doldrums with a weekend away in Newport during the 31st annual Newport Winter Festival.