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Best Indoor Winter Activities

Cozy Up and Keep Warm this Winter

*Updated for the 2023 Season*

Check out some of most popular indoor winter activities and things to do in St. Lawrence County.

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Stay warm and toasty with some of our favorite Indoor Winter Activities, or if playing it cool is more your style, check out some of our favorite Outdoor Winter Activities too.

Shop the Local Holiday Craft Shows

Find Handmade, Local, Artisan Goods

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Indoor Winter Activity

'Tis the season to shop til you drop! We suggest shopping local to support local artisans and small businesses, whether for yourself or when shopping for holiday gifts for friends and loved ones, the craft shows are a great place to puruse the wares of a wide range of local artisans. Check out the annual Thanksgiving Craft Show in Ogdensburg or the Fall Craft fair in Gouverneur. Check the event calendar for upcoming shows.


Relax with a Hot Stone Massage

Soak Up the Heat with a Spa Day

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Indoor Winter Activity

Any cold winter's day is a good day for a spa day. We recommend cozying up at Glow Spa in Canton. Choose from a traditional Hot Stone Massage or try Glow Spa's specialty Himalayan Salt Stone Massage, combining natural minerals and Swedish massage techniques. Appointments are required and hot massages are an all-time favorite, so be sure to call ahead to book your appointment in advance.

Attend the 2023 FISU World University Games

This year's Western Venues include both Canton & Potsdam

2023 Western Venues

Roos House at SUNY Canton

Cheel Arena at Clarkson

Maxcy Hall at SUNY Potsdam

Try a Local Cooking Class

Heat Up in the Kitchen with Maple Rock BNB

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Indoor Winter Activity

Spend an afternoon with Maple Rock Bed & Breakfast and explore new recipes for family classics, try your hand at making fresh pasta, or get some extra help with a technique you've been wanting to try. Keen to have a little fun with a group of friends? Try out a brunch class where you can sip mimosas while you cook. By yourself, with a loved one, or with a group of friends, signing up for a cooking class is a fabulous way to stay warm on a cold winter's day.

Try a Hot Yoga Class

Heat Up, Stretch Out, & Feel Good at Massena Yoga Studio

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Indoor Winter Activity

Massena Yoga Studio is the only studio north of Watertown offering hot classes including hot Hatha (static poses), hot Vinyasa (flow) and warm Ashtanga. Hot yoga is an excellent way to burn calories, build bone density, boost your cardiovascular fitness, and improve your flexibility. It also can help ease depression symptoms and reduce stress. It helps lower inflammation in the body and is a natural detox.

Hot yoga classes are available for private groups and reoccurring weekly classes. Plus, the first class is FREE so why not try something new!

Spend an Afternoon at a Museum

Explore Science, History, Art, & More

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Indoor Winter Activity

For a bit of art and history, check out the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. Along with Remington's work, the museum also offers a kid-zone and often puts on unique seasonal events. Or if the kids are really going stir crazy and you need an outing just for them, visit the North Country Children's Museum in Potsdam where they can play, learn, and discover with hands-on fun.

North Country Children's Museum

Watch a College Hockey Game

Catch a College Hockey Game, Canton & Potsdam

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Indoor Winter Activity

College hockey games are a favorite past time in the North Country. We recommend grabbing tickets ahead of time, dressing warm, and bringing your game face. Click for Individual Schedules: Clarkson, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam


Go Ice Skating

Learn to Skate or Cruise the Rink

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Indoor/Outdoor Winter Activity

Ice Skating is fun for the whole family, no matter how sharp (or not) your skills are. There are so many awesome ice rinks throughout St. Lawrence County, from indoor hockey rinks with free skate time to maintained outdoor rinks. Most rinks offer free or very modestly priced ice skate rentals and hockey equipment for public use.


Learn to Skate

Local Ice Skating Lessons

If you're looking for skating lessons, try the St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club in Canton or the Ogdensburg Figure Skating Club in Ogdensburg.

Shop Arts, Culture, & Heritage

Discover Local Handmade Goods and Wares

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Indoor Winter Activity

Gift a piece of the North Country with handmade goods and wares that tell a story. Explore Amish heritage and shop handmade and specialty sourced clothing, kitchen items, jewelry, gifts decor and more at Pickens General Store in Heuvelton or discover a range of artisan wares including ceramics, paintings, jewelry, quilts, woodwork and more from artists all over the country at the TAUNY Center in Canton.


Upcoming Festivals & Entertainment

If you're looking for more exciting activities and seasonal events, be sure to check out area festivals and celebrations on the event calendar.

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