February in New England: Make the Most of This Romantic Month

A Guide to Weather, Events and the Best Things to Do in February

February in New England Winter Scene
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February is a short and sweet month in New England. Couples cuddle up at romantic B&Bs and celebrate Valentine's Day at chocolate tastings and other events in the region. Families play in the snow or visit kid-friendly museums when schools close for Presidents' Week. Football fans hope the New England Patriots will be playing in Super Bowl LIII on February 3. And, inside New England's maple trees, sap starts to flow, signaling the start of maple sugaring season.

February is prime time for winter sports in New England, now that mountain resorts have a deep base of machine-made and natural snow. If you don't ski, you can embrace outdoor winter activities like snow tubing, snowmobiling or ice harvesting. You can even let rescue dogs do the pulling and cross dog sledding off your bucket list at New Hampshire's Muddy Paw Sled Dog Kennel. By mid-February, you can embark on a memorable eagle watch cruise on the Connecticut River and spy on the majestic national bird.

If you truly want to impress your beloved—maybe even propose—reserve the nation's only table at the top of a lighthouse or book an overnight lighthouse stay. February is also the perfect month to visit the sweetest moose in Maine or the world's longest candy counter. Blustery winds may blow and snowflakes may fly, but February only has 28 days, so make the most of them!

New England Weather in February

Average February Temperatures (Low / High):

Hartford, CT: 22º / 39º Fahrenheit (-6º / 4º Celsius)
Providence, RI: 24º / 40º Fahrenheit (-4º / 4º Celsius)
Boston, MA: 25º / 39º Fahrenheit (-4º / 4º Celsius)
Hyannis, MA: 24º / 40º Fahrenheit (-4º / 4º Celsius)
Killington, VT: 8º / 29º Fahrenheit (-13º / -2º Celsius)
North Conway, NH: 10º / 32º Fahrenheit (-12º / 0º Celsius)
Portland, ME: 17º / 35º Fahrenheit (-8º / 2º Celsius)

What to Pack

Got warm woolies? You'll need them for your February visit. Pack shirts, sweaters and pullover sweatshirts to layer, and don't forget warm socks and pajamas. You'll need a warm winter coat or jacket, snow boots, gloves and a scarf, too. Ear muffs aren't a bad idea, either. Keep in mind that your clothes may take a while to dry if you've been playing outdoors in the snow, so err on the side of overpacking.

Top 9 February 2019 Events in New England

One-of-a-kind events in February help New Englanders and visitors embrace winter and celebrate romance.

February 2: Keene Ice & Snow Festival in Keene, New Hampshire

February 2: No Child Left Inside Winter Festival in Torrington, Connecticut

February TBD: Jumpfest in Salisbury, Connecticut

February 8-10: US National Toboggan Championships in Camden, Maine

February 15-24: Newport Winter Festival in Newport, Rhode Island

February 17: Ice Cutting Sunday at the Thompson Ice House in Bristol, Maine

February 21-24: Connecticut Flower & Garden Show in Hartford, Connecticut

February 24: Chocolate Festival in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire

February 28: Incredible Breakfast Cook-off in South Portland, Maine

February Holidays in New England

The third Monday of February is Presidents' Day (February 18 in 2019). February 2 is Groundhog Day. (Did you know Connecticut has its own official groundhog named Chuckles, and Vermont celebrates Woodchuck Day?) February 12 is Abraham Lincoln's Birthday. Take a self-guided tour of Hartford's Lincoln Financial Sculpture WalkFebruary 14 is Valentine's Day.

Best Destinations for February in New England

Sold on the charms of February in New England? Here are a few of your best bets, whether you'll be traveling with family, friends or the one you love:

  • Last, don't overlook the Olympic village of Lake Placid in neighboring New York. High Peaks Resort makes an ideal home base for a family vacation in this mountainous region where Olympic history was made in 1932 and 1980, and you can try Olympic sports like bobsledding... either on a real course or aboard a simulator.

More February in New England Travel Advice

  • February is a notorious month for East Coast snowstorms, so be prepared. Make sure to stow a snow scraper, shovel, rock salt or ice melt and blankets in your car, and fill up whenever your tank is less than half full. An SUV is the best choice if you're renting a car for your New England adventures.
  • Don't have the time or money for an overnight getaway? February is the ideal month for a day trip to a winery, an indoor garden or a year-round attraction like the Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Download the free OpenTable app, and you'll be one step ahead of other couples when it comes to making reservations for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner out in New England this month.