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"Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire inside's delightful. We've simply no place to go, so let it snow let it snow let it snow…" -Let It Snow by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne, 1945
From fluffy flurries to "thunder snow," no one in New England can deny that our winters tend to pack a punch. But there is an upside to all that precipitation in the form of small white ice crystals formed directly from the water vapor of the air at a temperature of less than 32°F—the white blankets that cover hills, dales, and the shoreline can make for some stunningly picturesque photographs.
This winter, when you've had enough of sitting by the fire, or run out of chestnuts to roast, here are some coastal activities to consider. (Please use common sense and err on the side of caution when visiting the coast in the winter. Roads and pathways can be slippery and storm waves can be dangerous and unpredictable. Never venture too close to the shoreline, seawalls, or other areas with crashing waves—large waves can hit without warning.)
The seashore has a very different look when snow drifts replace sand pails. Check out these resources to find places to go to see the winter sights:
As avid avian enthusiasts already know, there are bird species such as the Snowy Owl and the Snow Bunting that can typically only be seen in Massachusetts during the colder months. Bird watching beginners and those who want to get an idea of seasonal bird varieties, can explore eBird, a web-based interactive data source managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society. At eBird’s birding hotspots map page, you can check out what birds might be in your area at a given time of year, based on real-time birder observations.
And after your outdoor adventures (or when it is just too cold to go outside), there are many coastal-themed indoor places to visit in Massachusetts.