New England vacation week

What to Do During Vacation Week in Rhode Island and Connecticut

Vacation week is quickly approaching. There is something for everyone to do in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Whether you are looking for one activity or a day trip to fun-filled cities like Providence and Mystic, we've found the best spots for you.

Providence, Rhode Island

Providence, Rhode Island, offers easy options for budget-friendly day trips.

Skating is available seven days a week at the Bank Newport City Center-Providence Rink. City Center Manager Brent Gawrys says it’s one of the few outdoor activities available in Providence during the winter. Admission is $7, as are skate rentals $7. There are also lunchtime specials and college discounts on Wednesday nights.

Bank Newport City Center Providence Rink

If you’d rather leave the skating to the professionals, try a Providence Bruins game. They’re the AHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins, and their home games are downtown at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The team regularly offers giveaways and ticket deals for budget-conscious fans.

Providence Bruins Dunkin' Donuts Center

When it’s time to eat, Bayberry Beer Hall is highly reviewed on Yelp for its welcoming attitude toward kids. Owner and founder Tom Dennen says he and his wife wanted to create a space where they would feel comfortable bringing their own children, even if they weren’t perfectly behaved. He also describes the food as modern American with many ethnic influences, including German and southeast Asian.

February vacation week is quickly approaching and if you're looking for some inexpensive places to take the kids, there are lots of options in Providence, Rhode Island.

Skiing in Rhode Island

Yawgoo Valley is the only ski resort in Rhode Island. You can spend the day skiing, snowboarding or snowtubing on their different trails and lanes.

Yawgoo Valley

Winter Hikes in Rhode Island

Go for a winter hike during vacation week to see the beautiful views Rhode Island has to offer. At the Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge, visitors can explore over three miles of nature trails. The Weetamoo Woods & Pardon Gray Preserve has 750 acres of diverse wildlife. Whether you want to walk or cross-country ski, the Pulaski State Park has 10 miles of beautiful trails near Peck Pond.

Pulaski State Park

Museums in Rhode Island

The Museum of Natural History and Planetarium is Rhode Island's only natural history museum and has scientific and cultural exhibits to explore. The RISD Museum offers art exhibits from diverse cultures from past to present to teach children about the world.

Rhode Island Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

Mystic, Connecticut

Parents planning quick New England getaways over upcoming school breaks might want to consider Mystic, Connecticut. The quaint shoreline community offers scenic views, charming streets and educational experiences for kids and adults.

Mystic Seaport Museum, for example, has 19 acres of nautical history. Volunteers say that includes a maritime village, a Viking ship and the last wooden whaling ship in the world. Right now, the museum has a special exhibit featuring about 100 watercolors from iconic British artist J.M.W Turner. It’s the only museum in North America to have the exhibit, which closes on Feb. 23.

Mystics Seaport Museum

Mystic Aquarium is another option for families looking to make the most of the day. Staffers say their mission is to inspire people to care for and protect the planet through conservation, education and research. The aquarium is home to a diverse array of animals, including a beluga whale, sea lions, tropical fish and African penguins.

With February vacation week approaching, families across New England are looking for fun things to do with the kids. One option is spending time with the penguins at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut.

The penguins are available for visits in an “up close” program that gives visitors a chance to take photos with the birds and even help train them. Tracy Camp, the assistant supervisor of penguins, says she hopes encounters like those encourage people to take better care of the environment.

Mystic Aquarium

And if you’re looking for a bite to eat, Mystic Pizza prides itself on being a family-friendly restaurant. The pizza shop was made famous by the 1988 movie starring Julia Roberts. The founder’s grandson recommends the house special pizza, loaded with cheese, onions, sausage, meatball and peppers.

Mystic Pizza

Skiing in Connecticut

If you are looking to ski in Connecticut, there are plenty of choices. Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort has four different terrain parks to try. Mount Southington offers activities and lessons for children of all ages. At Ski Sundown, families can choose from 70 different ski areas. The Mohawk Mountain Ski Area provides has space for both skiing and snowshoeing.

Powder Ridge

Winter Hikes in Connecticut

If you are ready to enjoy the outdoors, East Rock Park and Devil's Hopyard offer hundreds of acres to explore.

Devil's Hopyard

Museums in Connecticut

If you're looking for fun things to do with the kids February vacation week, there are plenty of quick day trip options in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Connecticut has no shortage of museums.The Wadsworth Antheneum Museum of Art is home to more than 50,000 pieces of art that span 5,000 years. At the Mark Twain House, learn about the history of one a defining cultural figure. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center teaches visitors the history of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe.

Mark Twain House
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