The festive holiday season is behind us, but unfortunately we still have three more months of cold, dark winter. Despite the gloomy weather, there are still many ways to make the most of the year in the Bay Area during winter. ClickPA counts down a list of the top 6 activities for the coming winter months.
- Ice skate
The Winter Lodge is a popular Palo Alto winter destination open to the public on most afternoons and evenings. The lodge offers classes to those looking to hone their skills and groups can also reserve the rink. Ice skating has always been a traditional wintertime activity, and the Lodge provides skilled and novice ice skaters with the perfect opportunity to pass the wintry days.
- Go to Lake Tahoe
This technically isn’t a Bay Area activity, but Lake Tahoe is a relatively short three hour drive away and offers plenty of excitement. Teens can snowmobile, snowshoe or sled through the hilly landscape and numerous ski lodges dot the area. If you’re not into snow sports, you can still stroll around the frigid lake and participate in snowball fights.
- Go to the beach
Most people think of going to the beach as a summer activity, but it doesn’t have to be. Although it’s too cold to swim, the weather is perfect for build campfires and roasting marshmallows while covered in blankets. You can also watch the sun set and gaze at the stars. Bonfires are allowed at select beaches including Ocean Beach, Seabright State Beach and Point Reyes Beach.
- Movie marathons
Curl up in a warm blanket and hot chocolate this winter to pass the night away with an old-fashioned movie marathon as the rain patters on the rooftop. Stroll through Netflix to find lists of TV shows and movies, or rent film series DVDs (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, etc) from the library.
On chilly days, bowling alleys offer relative warmth and an opportunity to test out an underappreciated sport. Even if you’re a beginner, bowling is easy to get the hang of and can be noncompetitive or cut-throat. The Bay Area has a range of bowling alleys in Cupertino, Milpitas and Fremont.
- Visit museums
During the warmer months museums can seem dull compared to more thrilling activities outdoors. However, museums offer an intellectual respite from the cold and there are countless Bay Area museums on nearly every topic. Check out a list of Bay Area museums here.
Review by Aidan Maese-Czeropski
Photos: Verde Magazine, The Atlantic, Windsor Bowling Center, Cantor Arts Center