13 Things to Do When It’s Freezing Outside

Updated: Jan 18, 2021

Epic picks from WhatsupFairfield to keep you entertained in CT when the weather isn’t cooperating

While Coastal Connecticut beams in the summer - there’s still much to do in the colder months. When you’re not enjoying a bite to eat at a local restaurant or heading to the gym try one of these activities from WhatsupFairfield to mix things up.

Go ice-skating

It’s possibly been a while since you last ice-skated but luckily there’s dozens of facilities in the area that will let you drop in. A few great ones to try are: Dorothy Hamill Rink (Greenwich), Fairfield Ice Academy (Fairfield) and Twin Rinks (Stamford). While currently closed, the ice-skating rinks in Mill River Park (Stamford) and WPAL (Westport) are other stand-outs to try in 2022.


Race go karts / Head to the Arcade

If you haven’t been to RPM Raceway before in Jersey City or on Long Island - Stamford’s got you covered. You can race against fellow guests on their hi-speed track, go bowling or play for high scores in their arcade.


Essex Steam Train

While in the summer guests can pedal rail-bikes on an 8 mile adventure - in the winter the Essex Clipper Train offers experiences like a luxurious Valentine Dinner Train. This winter, treat your valentine to a 2-hour dining excursion with the romance of vintage train cars.


Race a NASCAR Stockcar

Experience the thrill of riding shotgun in a real NASCAR Stockcar at Stafford Motor Speedway. Race 3 exhilarating laps around a short track and reach speeds of up to 170 MPH!


Take a cooking class

While we’ve all been at-home chefs these past few months there’s no substitute for an in-person lesson with a pro. A bit upstate - but it adds to the ‘experience’ try: Foodology Lab in Plantsville, The Fig Cooking School in Hamden or Jones Family Farms in Shelton.

Go bowling

From lounge seating to blacklight bowling - there’s a lot that’s changed since we were kids. Enjoy epic food and cocktails and secure your lane at Bowlmor (Norwalk), Nutmeg Bowl (Bridgeport), or Bowlero in Milford.


Make Pottery

Nothing beats getting away from phones and TV like a hands-on activity. Try a hands on pottery class for date night or a kid’s birthday party at Hands on Pottery in Darien or Greenleaf Pottery in South Windsor. And, if you prefer to make a mess at home - try one of their take home kits.


Head to the movies

From the Avon Film Center to Bowtie Cinemas - heading to a movie theater is always a great escape. Check out their new lounge seating, premium bar and food offerings to treat yourself this week. At Bowtie - you can even rent out an entire theater starting at $99+ - perfect for parties. Check out some pics of Bowtie Cinemas from WhatsupFairfield here, here and here.

Check out a Museum

From modern art to national history - check out WhatsupFairfield’s favorite museums in CT! Check out some behind the scenes pictures of The Wadsworth Atheneum museum here.


Golf indoors

If you’re looking to sharpen your skills ahead of the warm weather season - Lyman Golf is a great option to practice and play. Golf Lounge 18 in Fairfield and Orange also offers Trackman Golf Simulators to play on world-famous courses.



You must have watched everything on Netflix at this point. No fear - kick it up a notch with your sky diving appointment at Connecticut Parachutists in Ellington, CT or Skydive Danielson in Danielson, CT. While outside, you might not feel the cold with your intense adrenaline rush (but no promises).


Head to the aquarium

From Norwalk’s Maritime Aquarium to Mystic Seaport’s Maritime Museum enjoy the best of marine life, virtual programs and enriching programs and classes. From harbor seals to river otters your family is bound to fall in love with many adorable animals.


Visit a castle and admire the views

There are dozens of amazing castles in Connecticut that are fantastic backdrops for weddings and events and feature beautiful walking trails. For those inside offering public or private tours try: Gillette Castle State Park, Cornwall Castle and Lockwood Matthews Mansion.