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5 Triangle Winter Activities There’s Still Time to Enjoy

Life is good in the Triangle! One particularly great thing about living in the Raleigh area: the super-short winters. But if you like to enjoy a little wintery fun, don’t worry; it’s not over yet. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy these Triangle winter activities.

Ice skating

ice skating in raleigh

Okay, so we don’t have any ice-encrusted ponds à la Minnesota, but there are still plenty of ways to lace up and get your skate on. In past years, Raleigh has hosted an outdoor skating rink right in the heart of Downtown, and though the rink didn’t pop back up this year, there are still plenty of indoor rinks to try!

Head over to Polar Ice House (Raleigh, Cary, Garner), Polar IcePlex (Raleigh), Raleigh Center Ice (Raleigh), and Orange County Sportsplex (Hillsborough).

Winter hikes

hiking and other winter activities

Winter is a beautiful time for hitting the trail—no heat, no humidity, no crowds! And the Triangle is a great place for exploring the great outdoors at this time of year because the weather’s mild, there’s no snow, and there are tons of parks and trails to choose from.

For a wooded adventure, try Umstead State Park in Raleigh, Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary, or Lake Crabtree County Park in northern Cary. For a paved trail, try the 22-mile American Tobacco Trail or the 33-mile Neuse River Trail.

Hurricanes games

hurricanes games and other winter activities

It’s hockey season, so go cheer on our Hurricanes! Wear your red, white, and black and head on over to PNC Arena to learn the home team cheers and traditions! Last year, the Canes were a Stanley Cup semifinal team, and this year, they’re looking for another playoff appearance! Don’t be a bandwagoner; become a fan now!


visiting an a rt museum

Sometimes, you just need to come in out of the cold (even if it’s not really that cold), and in Raleigh, there are plenty of ways to do just that. Check out one of the area’s top museums—like the North Carolina Museum of Art, the North Carolina Museum of History, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, the Marbles Kids Museum, or even the City of Raleigh Museum.

Concerts, shows & live entertainment

attending a concert

Raleigh is a big city, which means we get some big events and performers around here every once in a while! We’ve got big performance venues, like Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Red Hat Amphitheater, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Dorton Arena, and PNC Arena, so we’ve got plenty of room for big names, too—Celine Dion, Zac Brown Band, Billie Eilish, and J. Cole, to name a few.

Have Some Fun with Triangle Winter Activities!

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