Don’t Let the Cold Stop You: Ways to Get Outside this Winter

It’s easy to get cooped up inside during the winter, but there is plenty to do outside in Coastal Virginia if you want to break your cabin fever. Check out these fun activities to hold yourself over until it gets warmer.

Here are 4 ways to get outside this winter COVA:


Get out and bike, walk or run this year! The Elizabeth River Trail is a 10.5 mile long biking and pedestrian urban trail that runs through Norfolk. The trail occupies a railroad right-of-way, and incorporates a sea-faring history as it follows part of Norfolk’s waterfront. On the trail you’ll bike past the beautiful Elizabeth River, Town Point Park, Plum Point Park, Fort Norfolk, the Hague, Weynoke Bird Sanctuary, Hermitage Gardens and Museum and the Lafayette River, to name a few. Norfolk has become more bike-friendly over the last year. New bike racks have popped up all over the city, and dedicated bike lanes have recently replaced vehicle lanes, including four miles of roads in historic Ghent. LEARN MORE

Great Chocolate Race


Don’t let the cold stop you! This February, the Great Chocolate Race 10-miler and 5K takes you through a beautiful course in historic Hampton, VA! After you’ve enjoyed your run, indulge in a post-race “Chocolate Experience” with a box of Godiva chocolates and hot cocoa for each race participant. LEARN MORE

Horseback Riding

Virginia Beach

For an outdoor winter experience like no other, look no farther than the expansive beaches of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, where Virginia Beach Horseback offers guided rides along the surf during the fall, winter and spring seasons. All experience levels are welcomed, so if a John Wayne movie represents the extent of your cowboy know-how, fear not. All riders will be instructed on how to become one with the horse before setting foot in a stirrup. LEARN MORE


For those who enjoy an active lifestyle, or those who resolve to be more active in the New Year, there are many ways to get moving in Williamsburg! For those of us who rather start out slow with our resolutions to be more active, go for a skate with family and friends at Liberty’s Ice Pavilion, open through February 20th! If you love being surrounded by nature, go for a walk through the beautiful and historical 22-acre Redoubt Park which preserves two of the fourteen Civil War earthwork forts. LEARN MORE

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