Winter Activities in the United States

You will never be bored in the United States with this list full of fun things to do!

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Dive into paradise in Hawaii.

Rent snorkeling equipment and head to Hanauma Bay on Honolulu. After watching a video about this fragile reef environment, you'll get up close with parades of tropical fish, as well as eels, sea turtles, urchins, coral, and more. And you'll always remember the turquoise waters that sit in this ancient volcanic crater.

See the northern lights in Alaska.

It's cold beyond reason, but winter is also the best time to view this natural phenomena in Alaska. The yellow-green bands of light are caused by solar particles, though some native Alaskans once believed they were dancing spirits of the dead.

Learn about Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.

Colorado's Denver Art Museum showcases some of the greatest artwork in the United States. Don't miss the exhibit “Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place” in February. While you're there, explore 70,000 more treasures from America and around the world.

See the iconic American paintings in Denver, Colorado.

Colorado's Denver Art Museum showcases some of the greatest artwork in the United States. Don't miss the exhibit “Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place” in February. While you're there, explore 70,000 more treasures from America and around the world.

Follow the Freedom Trail in Boston, Massachusetts.

The site of the 1770 Boston Massacre, the home of legendary patriot Paul Revere, and the warship Old Ironsides are just three of the sites you'll see along this 2.5-mile route. Even on a cold day, it's a great way to learn about the American Revolution.

Warm up at the Bronx Zoo in New York City.

Exploring the indoor Madagascar exhibit at the Bronx Zoo is like taking a mini-trip to warmer lands, where you'll see lemurs, crocs, boas and more. Before you go, don't miss the big bears and sea lions outside.

Shop fresh and local.

Even when it's cold and snowy you can find some of the best local fresh foods at your nearby farmers market. Use this handy tool to search state and city and find a winter market near you.

Space out in Alabama.

A trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville is like a visit to another galaxy. Get out of this world in the IMAX Spacedome studio, find out what a rocket launch feels like, learn about the race to put a man on the moon, and see the world's best collection of rockets.

Discover Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Deep in the French Quarter, you'll find elegant landmarks (and a few fortune tellers), including the St. Louis Cathedral, the Presbytère (courthouse turned state museum), and the Cabildo, where the Louisiana Purchase was signed.

Catch a sporting event near you.

The winter season is a great time to attend a NHL, NBA or minor league American Hockey League game. Make sure to take a look at season schedules for game times or find local a sports bar near you.

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