Enjoy Fun Winter Activities Away From The Crowds

Though days grow shorter & nights grow longer, our winter fun’s just begun.

It can’t be denied: Washington County, New York is a gorgeous place to visit any time of year. Yet it’s especially magical in the winter! With its snow-covered mountains, lively waterways & cozy, historic towns, this area offers fun winter activities & attractions for everyone.

Whether you’re into shopping, skiing, wildlife photography or wine-tasting, you’ll find some of the best of it right here in Washington County.

And while you’re here, be sure to check out some of the neat local events happening year-round on our community event calendar!


Let’s explore some of the best things to do in Washington County during the winter:

Find the magic of winter in the great outdoors of Washington County

The view from Willard Mountain in the winter. Two people overlooking distant mountains while skiing, which is one of the fun winter activities within Washington County
The view from Willard Mountain, “New York’s Coolest Little Ski Area”

Do you love skiing or snowboarding? You’ll love the friendly & affordable slopes of Willard Mountain (without the long waits of the larger ski resorts.) Or, for more casual winter fun, try tubing on the mountain instead! Discover more about Willard Mountain during our in-depth winter-sports exploration.

Or, for a more self-guided experience, visit one of our many local hiking trails to stroll, snowshoe or snowmobile where permitted. Even outside these established areas, our winter wonderland is home to many miles of great exclusively snowmobiling trails! Explore our top recommendations, which make it clear: with so many ruggedly gorgeous options, Washington County is truly a winter-sports paradise.

While you’re out and about, be sure to discover all 4 of our county’s historic covered bridges. All within easy driving distance of one another!

Also, you can discover the best places to spot protected wildlife within our scenic landscapes in our article all about winter birding locations. Or if you’re interested in the angling experience, check out Austin Charter’s ice fishing guide services!

No matter what you choose to do, you’re sure to have a great time in Washington County during the winter. So come on up and enjoy the snow!

Stay comfortable with these all-indoor fun winter activities

Art & history collide at the Slate Valley Museum, one of the fun winter activities within Washington County
The Slate Valley Museum: where slate art & local history collide!

Enjoy the best of the area, from the comfort of the indoors! Washington County holds a number of interesting events throughout the year. Well into the winter, you’ll find interesting classes, unique maker’s markets, one-of-a-kind experiences and more!

Whether you’re a history buff, art lover, frequent hiker or golf fanatic, there’s something for you to enjoy. Delve into the area’s biodiversity and learn from the naturalist experts at The Pember Library & Museum, or keep your toes warm & your skills sharp at Broadway Lanes in Fort Edward. There, you can play not just golf on their full-swing simulators, but also hockey, football and beyond!

Of course, this area is home many interesting local museums, including Slate Valley Museum, Rough & Ready No. 2 Firefighting Museum, art galleries and more. Be sure to call ahead to ensure they’re open, or to request a special tour!

If you’ll be around in the muddiest days of winter, never fear – Mud University is here, February 18 – March 11, 2024! This special, community-led series of interesting workshops will teach you new skills with which to greet the spring.

Or, explore our variety of other local centers of learning where you can pick up a neat trick or new hobby, including Hubbard Hall, Mandy’s Spring Nursery, The Farm Store at Tiashoke and so much more!

You can also discover a variety of performances throughout the winter at our local theaters, including Fort Salem Theater and The Strand Theater.

Treat your tastebuds to local flavors

Grab a bite to eat at a delicious local spot such as The Railyard Taproom & Restaurant in Whitehall!

From coffee shops & old-school diners to fine dining & world-class wine, you’ll find it here in Washington County! Let’s dive into some fun winter activities that’ll leave your tastebuds tingling & fill your belly. Check out all of our dining options.

Enjoy farm-to-pint craft breweries, vineyards that grow special cold-hardy grapes & more within our borders. Explore our full range of local adult craft beverage producers, including delicious ciders, award-winning spirits & more.

And, did you know Washington County is part of the Upper Hudson Wine Trail? This area is home to plenty of tasty wine options, whether your preference skews red, white or pink! Visit Northern Cross Vineyard, Victory View Vineyard, Dancing Ewe Farm or South Dominion Vineyard for an unforgettable wine-tasting experience.

Or, explore another unique local attraction! Most days of the year, the public is welcome to stroll the serene grounds of New Skete Monastery, tucked away in the forested hills of Cambridge. And while you’re there, be sure to pick up some world-famous cheesecake made by their nuns!

Want more fun winter activities to do while visiting Washington County?


Whether you’re into boutique shopping or back-road cruising, you’ll become enchanted with this area’s historic charm, unbeatable scenery and friendly communities.

Explore our upcoming events to enhance your visit! And, don’t forget to check our our lodging options, including historic homes, unique farm stays & more.

We hope to see you soon!

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