Ice Castles is an interactive winter attraction held at five...

Ice Castles is an interactive winter attraction held at five locations across the U.S. The NYS edition is located at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, NY. Credit: AJ Mellor

This winter, plan a weekend escape filled with live entertainment, an ice festival and family-friendly adventures. Here are places on Long Island and north of the city where seasonal fun abounds. COVID restrictions vary per venue; be sure to check what’s presently in effect before visiting.

NORTH FORK

Pop-up museum at Tanger Riverhead

This interactive Leonardo daVinci invention exhibit is one of the...

This interactive Leonardo daVinci invention exhibit is one of the many things to see at the pop-up extension of the Long Island Science Center, located at the Tanger Outlet Center in Riverhead. Credit: Cailin Kaller

The Long Island Science Center has opened a pop-up edition over at the large outlet center in Tanger One. Open daily, kids can try drone racing, an augmented reality sandbox, plus a virtual reality exhibit, 3D printer pens and a pixel art station. Guests can explore an interactive Leonardo da Vinci invention exhibit and STEAM classes. Admission is $15 per person.

INFO Suite 401, 1770 W. Main St.; 631-208-8000, sciencecenterli.org

Pindar Vineyards

Order up hot mulled wine, cookies and enjoy live music Saturday afternoons this winter. The vineyard is hosting a cupcake-and-wine pairing on Feb. 13 and Feb. 26 ($30). Live music will continue into February on Saturdays and Sundays. Reservations are required.

INFO 37645 Main Rd., Peconic; 631-734-6200, pindar.net

Long Island Aquarium

The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead hosts sea lion shows...

The Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead hosts sea lion shows year-round. Credit: Long Island Aquarium

The aquarium is home to and hosts a wide variety of living sea creatures and land animals. Check out the "Sea Lion Coliseum," a live sea lion show, held outside all year and daily through January and February. $39.99 (ages 13-61) while seniors pay $29.99 and children (ages 3-12) are $27.99 (ages two and younger are free).

INFO 431 E. Main St., Riverhead; 631-208-9200, longislandaquarium.com

Sound View Greenport

Located on the Sound, the fittingly named Sound View luxury...

Located on the Sound, the fittingly named Sound View luxury hotel in Greenport is offering deals this winter.  Credit: Read McKendree

The hotel is offering the "A Wild Wild Winter" getaway package until March 31. Stay two or more midweek nights (Monday through Thursday on select dates) and save 30% off rates.

INFO 58775 CR-48, Greenport; 631-477-1910, soundviewgreenport.com

HAMPTONS

Candlelight Fridays in the Wölffer Estate Vineyard Tasting Room

Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is holding "Candlelight Fridays in...

Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack is holding "Candlelight Fridays in the Wolffer tasting room on Fridays through to the end of February. Credit: Wölffer Estate Vineyard

The Wölffer Estate Vineyard Estate Vineyard will be holding this series featuring live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays through the end of February. Guests can purchase wine by the glass or bottle, plus charcuterie and cheese plates.

INFO 139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack; 631-537-5106, wolffer.com

Southampton Ice Rink

Public skating sessions are offered daily and sessions need to be reserved in advance for weekends and holidays. Weekday rates are $15, $12 for children; weekends $20 for all. Skates are available to rent for $5 (cash only).

INFO 668 CR-39, Southampton; 631-283-2158, southamptonicerink.com

The Green Room at Sag Harbor Cinema

The Green Room at Sag Harbor Cinema is a lounge...

The Green Room at Sag Harbor Cinema is a lounge for ticketholders that features a full bar serving signature cocktails with names inspired by famous movie quotes. Credit: Sag Harbor Cinema

Once you have your movie ticket, you can hang in the Green Room until showtime. Stick around after the movie for more lounging. The bar features a signature cocktail menu with clever movie-inspired quaffs like "Fear and Loathing in Sag Harbor" and "May the spritz be with you."

INFO 90 Main St.; 631-725-0010, sagharborcinema.org

The Hamptons Jazz Fest Winter Series

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. 

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill.  Credit: Randee Daddona

The Hamptons Jazz Fest is scheduled to hold performances at the Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-283-2118, parrishart.org) and Southampton Arts Center (25 Jobs Ln., Southampton; 631-283-0967, southamptonartscenter.org). Greg Lewis and his group Organ Monk are slated for Feb. 25 at the Parrish and Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express are set for Southampton Arts Center on March 18.

INFO hamptonsjazzfest.com

Southampton Inn

A guest room at the Southampton Inn, located in Southampton...

A guest room at the Southampton Inn, located in Southampton Village. Credit: Southampton Inn

The hotel is offering winter deals Presidents' Week (Feb. 14-20). Reserve one room for $145, get a second room for only $72.50 on the same night.

INFO 91 Hill St.; 631-283-6500, southamptoninn.com

LAKE GEORGE

Ice Castles

Ice Castles is an interactive winter attraction held at five...

Ice Castles is an interactive winter attraction held at five locations across the U.S. The NYS edition is located at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, NY. Credit: AJ Mellor

The festival, located at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, consists of ice castles, a maze, caverns, slides and crawl tunnels. Sculpted by artisans, there are embedded lights to make each castle glow and change colors on pace with accompanying music. $20 for ages 12 and older Mondays through Thursdays, $27 on weekends. Ages 4-12 $15, $22 Fridays through Sundays. Check website for dates.

INFO 17 W. Brook Rd.; icecastles.com

The Lake George Winter Carnival

This monthlong festival will be taking place weekends throughout February. Each Saturday and Sunday, there will be events in the town’s Shepard Park, including a daily dog talent show, polar plunges and bonfires on the beach. Highlights include the annual Outhouse Race (Feb. 5), motorcycle and ATV ice races (Feb. 19-20) and car ice racing on Lake George (Feb. 26).

INFO Canada St., Lake George; 518-668-5771, lakegeorgewintercarnival.com

Gore Mountain

There are more than 120 trails with terrain for all levels of expertise for skiers and a dozen cross-country skiing and snowshoe options.

INFO 793 Peaceful Valley Rd., North Creek; 518-251-2411, goremountain.com

Courtyard Lake George

For visitors attending the Winter Carnival or Ice Castles, the Courtyard Lake George is nearby. Rates start at $119 nightly.

INFO 365 Canada St., Lake George; 518-761-1150, modules.marriott.com. For more information about the area, visit visitlakegeorge.com.

HUDSON VALLEY

The Empire State Plaza Ice Rink

The Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, located in Albany, NY,...

The Empire State Plaza Ice Rink, located in Albany, NY, allows for skating within direct view of state Capitol Building. Credit: Discover Albany

Come to glide within view of the grand state Capitol Building at this rink open Tuesdays through Sundays. Skates can be rented for $4 ($3 for children age 12 and younger), but free skate rentals are offered on Saturdays to all. There are also lockers and a pavilion concession area.

INFO Empire State Plaza, Albany; 518-473-6299, empirestateplaza.ny.gov

Renaissance Albany Hotel

Located close to the Capitol Building, it has an upscale restaurant on-site, Wellington’s, serving dishes made from locally-grown and produced elements. Rates start at $179.

INFO 144 State St., Albany; 518-992-2500, marriott.com

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