February School Vacation Outdoor Fun in New England

Picture of sled dogs

Dog Sledding

We have, in the past, highlighted many indoor things to do with kids during February school vacation – aquariums, museums, etc. For a change of pace let’s get outside for some outdoor adventures for this February school vacation. What to do outdoors during the winter? Well check out some of these ideas:

1. Cross Country (Nordic) Skiing
Great exercise and great fun. Nordic skiing does not have a big learning curve, as long as you stay on the easier trails. The scenery is typically awesome, and the exercise and fun are equally awesome! There are 90 Nordic ski areas across the six state region so there is bound to be one fairly close to you.

2. Dog Sledding
What could be better than being pulled along by dogs through a beautiful winter landscape. Dog sledding can be a great and unique adventure for the whole family. There are nearly two dozen places, mostly across northern New England, that can take you out for a dog sledding adventure.

3. Downhill (Alpine) Skiing
The classic February vacation – heading out for a little downhill skiing. Temperatures have been cold so the ski areas can make snow, and there is snow in the forecast. The skiing should be great for February school vacation!

4. Ice fishing
Perhaps not as active as some of the other activities, but ice fishing can be a great bonding experience and catching dinner can be fun and rewarding.

Picture of the Skating Path at Community Field in Holyoke, MA

Skating Path at Community Field in Holyoke, MA

5. Ice Skating
Great fun for the whole family but stay away from the indoor rinks and try out one of New England’s many great outdoor ice skating rinks. You may want to check out the new and unique ice skating path in Holyoke, MA. They have refrigeration so it does not matter if Mother Nature cooperates…

6. Skijoring
A cross between dog sledding and Nordic skiing, in Skijoring you ride the skis while man’s best friend pulls you along. This one is probably best for those who know what they are doing or perhaps with an expert instructor.

7. Snowmobiling
Perhaps not as much exercise but still a great deal of fun. There are nearly 30,000 miles of snowmobile trails across New England. New to the sport? There are many places that can rent you a snowmobile and give you some instruction on how to use it.

8. Snowshoeing
Like Nordic Skiing, snowshoeing has a fairly quick learning curve and is great fun and great exercise. Most cross country ski areas allow snowshoeing and it is typically allowed on hiking trails in most state parks.

Picture of snowtubes9. Snowtubing
No learning curve at all, snowtubing is simply just great fun for the entire family. There are over two dozen places where you can go snow tubing in New England. What are you waiting for?

10. Ziplines and Mountain Coasters
Take the winter version of a zipline canopy tour. Many ski areas offer winter ziplines including Bretton Woods (NH), Cranmore (NH), Gunstock (NH), Jiminy Peak (MA), Loon (NH), Okemo (VT), Smugglers Notch (VT), Sugarloaf (ME), and Sunday River (ME). Mountain coasters can be found at Attitash (NH), Cranmore (NH), and Okemo (VT).

Picture credits: The picture of the sled dogs pulling a sled is by Zeledi from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 License. Picture credits: The picture of the skating path in Holyoke, MA is by Jeffrey Byrnes and was provided to us by the Holyoke Parks and Recreation Department.

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