Things to Do in the Hamptons in the Winter

When you think of the Hamptons, the first thing to come to mind might be golden beaches, summery boutiques, and outdoor dining, but the truth is there is plenty to do here all year long. If you want to enjoy the Hamptons without all the crazy traffic of the summer, it's time to check out this destination during the winter. Located on the south fork of Long Island, the Hamptons is a short drive away from New York City. With a list of things to do in the Hamptons in the winter, you won't have a dull moment during your trip - unless you want one that is.

Romance in the Hamptons

One reason people escape to the Hamptons in the winter is for peace and quiet. Many of the best winter activities are ones that lead to romance. Spending a day at the spa, or the Wolffer Estate Winery in Sagaponack, with your significant other makes for an incredibly relaxing day. From couples massages to facials, pampering spa treatments are one way to spend your winter time in the Hamptons.

hamptons wineryOf all the things to do in the Hamptons in the winter, some of the best ones are right at home in your Hamptons winter rental. Choose a rental with a fireplace and spend a cozy night by the fire while it snows outside. From bubble baths to breakfast for two, a cozy home in the Hamptons will provide peace and quiet. Beyond your rental, the Hamptons are home to many award-winning restaurants. Enjoy long, lingering meals by some very talented chefs during your trip.

Family Activities in the Hamptons

Not all things to do in the Hamptons in the winter are for couples. If you're planning a family getaway, you will also have a long list of activities to choose from. Despite the cold temperatures, kids will want to get outside and take advantage of all that fluffy, white snow. One of the most popular winter activities for kids in the Hamptons is sledding.

Just like in the summer, your vacation rental will provide the entertainment. After building snowmen outside, kids will love to come inside and make s'mores on the fire. Away from the house, one great spot for entertaining the kids is the Buckskill Winter Club where you will find an open-air ice skating rink that is open seven days a week. Another fun destination is the Children's Museum of the East End , where kids can join in on programs all year long, and Sag Harbor's Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum.

Simple Pleasures

Just like in the summer, the Hamptons are all about simple pleasures. Bring along plenty of books and movies and enjoy getting away from the bustle of everyday life. Treat the kids to an afternoon movie and popcorn. For a little daytrip, treat the kids to a visit to Atlantic Marine World in Riverhead where they will encounter sharks, fish, stingrays, and more.

If you never have time to cook at home, why not stock the kitchen and prepare a feast with the kids? If you're looking to get away from the kitchen, indulge in the local restaurant scene. Be sure to check out the monthly listings, as more and more arts festivals, film events, and foodie festivals are taking place outside of the summer season.

One final simple pleasure is a stop at Fudge Company . This Southampton chocolate spot offers more than 13 types of fudge, which is an ideal snack at any time of the year. Travelers that want to experience a more serene side of the Hamptons will skip the summer and visit during the winter season.

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