Winter may have settled over Downtown Providence, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. There is still plenty to do in your downtown parks during the winter.
Bring the kids to the playground.
Our summer programming may have wrapped up, but Brandon’s Beach at Burnside Park is open all year long. This one-of-a-kind playground is a custom design inspired by Providence’s historic harbor. It features climbing structures, slides, spinners, swings and a wide variety of sensory-rich equipment.
Play on the ice at Alex + Ani City Center skating rink.
The Alex + Ani City Center rink is located in the heart of Greater Kennedy Plaza. Lace up those skates and hit the ice, or try out this winter’s newest attraction, ice bumper cars. Providence is only the third city in the US to have ice bumper cars, and the only outdoor rink.
Go on a walking tour around the city.
For the history buffs or sculpture lovers, we put together a Statue and Monument Tour of Downtown Providence. Make a loop through the neighborhood and learn more about the structures you’re walking past every day. The Downtown Improvement District also has a number of self-guided tours on their website.
Bird watch in Burnside Park.
Pigeons may be the bird that you most associate with Burnside Park (and thanks for not feeding them!) but we have many Red-Tailed Hawks that are often seen eating in the park, and Peregrine Falcons flying overhead.
Get those steps in.
Taking a break during your day to spend time in a park has many health benefits, as does spending time outdoors during these months of limited daylight. Try out a few different walking loops to get you motivated to get outside. Have a Fitbit or an Apple Watch? Track your steps or compete with your coworkers and make it a challenge.
Be sure to tag us on Instagram or Twitter so we can follow along. Bundle up, and get outside!