After the holiday season has passed, the winter months can seem to drag as we all wait for the warm weather. But don’t start wishing for spring just yet. There is still plenty of fun to be had in the winter season!
Need a little cold weather inspiration? Here are 5 of our favorite things to do in the winter in Providence:
Ice skating at the Alex and Ani City Center
Just because the weather has gotten cold, doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your time inside. In Downtown Providence at Kennedy Plaza, you can spend the afternoon ice skating with family and friends. The rink at the Alex and Ani City Center is one of the true treasures of Providence. In fact, it is two times the size of the rink in Rockefeller Center!
You can ice skate at the Alex and Ani City Center seven days a week, between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. Skates, lockers, and safety helmets for adults and children are available for rent. You can also reserve the rink for a special event.
Visit the Alex and Ani City Center for more information about ice skating in Providence.
For a winter day that’s just too cold to be outside, visit the Providence Athenaeumm. Located on historic Benefit Street, this independent, member-supported library and cultural center has been a haven for Rhode Island book lovers since its founding in 1836.
Athenaeumm can be defined as “an association for the advancement of learning.” In other words, it’s a place where readers (adults and children alike) can explore an extensive collection of books at their leisure.
The Providence Athenaeumm is free and open to the public – and it offers a little something for everyone. Find a favorite book in the general collection, special collection, or art collection, and participate in one of the weekly reading discussion groups. There’s also a special, technology-free children’s library, where kids can explore a range of classic fairy tales and modern young adult books.
Dinner at PCFP
After you’ve worked up an appetite ice skating, or when you need a break from an afternoon spent reading, head over to PCFP’s Providence location. Our healthy, “everything from scratch” menu is a favorite for locals and tourists alike. Most importantly, our delicious coal-fired pizzas are made from fresh and local ingredients – we never compromise on quality.
Located in downcity Providence on Westminster Street, our PCFP restaurant is the perfect landscape for an evening out with friends or family. Plan in advance and make a reservation for next Friday night.
Providence Place Mall
You can’t spend the day in Providence without visiting the Providence Place mall.
Frequently called “P. Place,” the shopping center first opened in 1999 and is now the largest mall in Rhode Island. It is anchored by department stores Nordstrom and Macy’s and comprises three main floors on which there are over 160 stores.
At the Providence Place mall, there is a store to interest every shopper, whether you’re looking for electronics, fashion, homewares, health and beauty, or sports and fitness. There is even a Showcase cinema with IMAX theater attached to the mall, so you can shop ‘til you drop and then catch a new movie.
Here are some of our favorites places to shop at P. Place:
Check out Providence Place’s directory to find more of your favorite stores.
Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
If shopping isn’t your ideal way to spend the day, don’t worry – we have a backup plan for you. Bring your friends and family to the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.
Originally called the Cormack Planetarium upon its founding in 1953, this is the only natural history museum (and the only planetarium) in Rhode Island.
Open everyday between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., this museum can be your daily dose of education, science, and culture. Bring your kids to explore the fossils, minerals, rocks, and over 25,000 archaeological and ethnographic specimens on display.
For $3, your ticket will also include access to the planetarium where shows are open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. The planetarium’s dome theatre features a state-of-the-art Zeiss star projector and an enlarged dome ceiling that details the starry sky and the motion of the planets.
Click here to learn more about the exhibits and show times at the Museum of Natural History and Planetarium.
The holiday season may have passed us, but don’t wish away the winter weather just yet.