Winter is a special time to visit the beach—certainly the bathing suits, beach towels, and toys are packed away, but there’s still plenty of relaxation to be had in the quiet season. For those looking to enjoy Narragansett winter beach activities, peaceful walks on the beach, some family fun like ice skating, and cozy meals overlooking the water await. Our boutique hotel The Break, with its onsite restaurant Chair 5, is waiting to welcome you after your day exploring winter wonderland. So pack up your snow boots and wool hats and enjoy all that Narragansett has to offer in the off-season with these winter beach activities.
Aptly nicknamed the Ocean State, Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline that are home to a diverse number of ocean and shore birds. Winter is the time to see species that have migrated south from colder Arctic climes like Snowy Owls, Red-Throated Loons, and Common Eiders. The area has several public land preserves great for birding, like the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge and Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, both a short drive from downtown Narragansett. Those looking to gain a unique vantage point should consider a birding boat cruise with Save The Bay and Audubon Society. Block Island, 11 miles off of mainland Rhode Island, also offers great birding in its Natural Wildlife Refuge and is available by ferry year round.
Take the kids to burn off some energy at the Boss Ice Arena in nearby Kingston. Located on the University of Rhode Island’s campus, this ice arena is home to the college’s hockey teams and offers public skate sessions weekday mornings and weekend afternoons. For just $6, you can skate for a few hours and burn off any residual feelings of cabin fever.
After a full day of winter beach activities, warm up back at Chair 5 with a mug of hot chocolate or a hot toddy while overlooking the ocean—this time while warm and cozy inside.