what to do

Don’t let the cold weather keep you from getting out and about! Take a look at these fun places to go to make the most of your winter in New England.

This page will be updated throughout the season, so check back for more activities and events!

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fridayYale’s Ingalls Rink
Open for public skating, but you need to bring your own skates (no rentals available).

Ralph Walker Skating Rink
The rink provides an opportunity for ice skating enthusiasts to develop their skills and ice skate in a safe and managed environment.

Branford Land Trust
Explore nearly 775 acres of rugged rock outcroppings, tall oaks, beeches, groves of mountain laurel, wetlands and magnificent bluffs.

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature and supports the conservation, preservation and management of natural resources.

Skiing and Snowboarding
Explore the mountains of New England for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and tubing. Visit Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont.

Take a Hike
CT Department of Environmental Protection Hiking Maps.

Yale Outdoor Education Center
Located on 1,500 wooded acres, the Yale Outdoor Education Center (OEC) is nestled on the south shore of a pristine mile-long lake.

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fridayConnecticut Children’s Museum
A place where children can experience the magic and wisdom of learning at their own pace by interacting with exhibits that are full of whimsy and wisdom, in spaces built to their size and specifications.

Connecticut Landmarks
A state-wide network of twelve significant historic properties that span four centuries of New England history.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
A combination wildlife sanctuary, visitor attraction and educational facility featuring all-new exhibits highlighting the habitats and wildlife of southeastern Connecticut, as well as eight miles of trails that wind through a beautiful 300-acre wooded preserve.

Fairfield Museum and History Center
13,000 square-foot museum presenting exhibition galleries, library and reading room, family education center and 80-seat theater.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center preserves and interprets Stowe's Hartford home and the Center's historic collections, promotes vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change.

Leffingwell House Museum
One of the finest restored examples of New England Colonial architecture and home of revolutionary patriot, merchant, and industrialist Christopher Leffingwell.

Lutz Children’s Museum
A multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural sciences through internal and external exhibits, programs, and experiences.

Mark Twain House & Museum
The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
Extensive interactive exhibits depict 18,000 years of Native and natural history, while two libraries, including one for children, offer a diverse selection of materials on the histories and cultures of all Native peoples of the United States and Canada.

New England Air Museum
The Museum is situated in three large display buildings consisting of more than 75,000 square feet of exhibit space. In fair weather, the outside storage yard is available for touring as well.

New Haven Museum
Three hundred and sixty-two years of history come to life at the New Haven Museum. From the colony’s founding as a puritan village through its growth into a major industrial center and now a thriving metropolitan area, New Haven’s history is brought to life for our visitors, inspiring a rich appreciation of the City’s past, present, and future.

Submarine Force Museum
Home of the Historic USS Nautilus submarine.

The Children’s Museum
A museum dedicated to science inspiration and learning amongst children aged twelve and under.

Trash Museum
Learn about the problems of old-fashioned methods of disposal and exciting new trash solutions like source reduction, recycling, trash-to-energy and landfills.

Yale Center for British Art
The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Learn about dinosaurs, earth's history, life and culture and much, much more!

Yale University Art Gallery
The mission of the Yale University Art Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art.

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fridayCitySeed Weekly Farmers’ Markets
Outdoor markets in different parts of New Haven, even through the winter.

Connecticut State Capitol Tours
Learn the history of the Capitol, a National Historic Landmark.

Holiday Exhibition Hockey Game
Each year the Yale men's hockey team plays an exhibition game during winter break. This year see the Bulldogs face off against the Russian Junior United Team on December 28 at Ingalls Rink.

Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium
Planetarium shows take place every Tuesday evening. Weather permitting, the telescopes at the observatory will be set up for public viewing after the show.

Mystic Aquarium
Learn to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.

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Connecticut Wine Trail
Follow the trail of the vine as it winds through some of the most picturesque towns in Connecticut.

The Met @ Yale
The Yale School of Music presents The Iseman Met Opera Broadcasts Live in HD. The broadcasts are presented free of charge to members of the Yale community.

Running Races in Connecticut
Races of all shapes and sizes.




Have a Suggestion?

Have a suggestion for a fun winter activity? Please e-mail the details to: oiss@yale.edu

Surviving Winter

Materials from our
Winter Care Day event